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A mandated reporter is someone required by law to report if they suspect or know that child abuse if occurring. The Ohio Revised Code Section 2151.421 clearly removes the option of choice, and requires immediate reporting of known or suspected alleged child abuse and neglect for the following professionals: • Attorneys • Audiologists • Child care workers • Children Services personnel • Coroners • Day care personnel • Dentists • Nurses • Peace officers, including police, sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers • Physicians, including hospital interns and residents • Podiatrists • Psychiatrists • School authorities, employees and teachers • Social Workers • Speech Pathologists • Animal Control Officers/Agents Although Ohio law encourages everyone to report alleged child abuse and neglect, in most cases it is an option left for personal and moral decision. The exception is those professions that have an inherent responsibility to report. The ethical commitment to families and children that these professionals have accepted through virtue of their positions is recognized under Ohio law, and thus they are mandated to report alleged child abuse and neglect.
Individuals should print and complete the attached form in full in order to request information from Lucas County Children Services for personal use only. Please mail to the address given on the form. No online submissions can be accepted.
Individuals requesting their own information, whether it is recent or from the Miami Children’s Center, should complete the form as fully as possible.
Parents requesting information about their biological child(ren) must submit documentation of custody in order to request information. Examples include divorce decrees or other court documents showing that you have custody of the child(ren).
Individuals requesting historical information from the Miami Children’s Center about a deceased relative should submit the form, along with proof of relationship and a copy of the person’s death certificate.
Individuals seeking their adoptive history should be aware that these records may be sealed and you may need to proceed with your request through the Probate Court. This agency will make its best efforts to provide you with non-identifiable information as allowed by law.
LCCS is prohibited from releasing any case information related to services provided by third parties, such as medical treatment or psychological services. Authorization for Release of Personal Information
When a decision is made by the court that children need to temporarily leave the home, the parents will be made aware of the safety threats and issues causing the removal so that they can take steps to remedy their situation. The caseworker will write the case plan with the family, so they can provide input into services that are needed and they will know exactly what is expected of them in order to have the children reunified. Progress in the services and a discussion on the possibility of reunification will be reviewed formally every 90 days at the 90 day Case Review. The time that it takes to achieve reunification is based on the reduction of safety threats, and the parents' compliance in services, as well as demonstrated changes. The final decision is made by the Juvenile Court.
Please understand that while information will be provided, the clerks are unable to provide legal advice. Custody forms are available at the main clerk's counter at Juvenile Court.
Neither Lucas County Children Services or the Juvenile Court can provide legal advice and counsel. However, there are resources available in the community if you require legal assistance.
If you have resources pay for legal services, contact the Toledo Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 419-242-2000 or 419-242-4763, for names of attorneys who handle this type of legal work.
If you are unable to pay for representation, contact either the Toledo Bar Association's Pro Bono program at 419-242-9363 or Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. at 419-724-0030. These programs will have criteria and other guidelines that must be met before their services can be utilized. Lucas County Juvenile Court
A neutral trained facilitator will lead the meeting. The role of the facilitator is to focus the group's energy on the common task of reaching a decision about placement for the child. The caseworker will present the information regarding family history, strengths and concerns.The parents and other involved relatives and professionals will be invited to the meeting and are strongly encouraged to participate. The parents may bring a support person to the meeting; this may be a relative, close friend, attorney, or Pastor.
Qualified families may be eligible for the Kinship Permanency Incentive, which provides limited financial assistance to relative caregivers.
The Area Office on Aging Kinship Navigator program also provides support for older adults caring for relative children.
More information is available in the brochure, "Kinship Care: Relatives Caring for Children." Kinship information
The current operating budget for Lucas County Children Services is approximately $48 million (2019). More than half of the agency's funding comes from the citizens of Lucas County through two property tax levies. Children Services also receives funding from the federal government, the State of Ohio, and other sources. Lucas County Children Services has approximately 350 employees.