Services

Employment & Training Services

Protective and Community Support Services

Income Assistance Services



Protective and Community Support Services

Hours Mondays - Thursdays 8:00 til 4:30; Fridays 8:30 til 2:30. After business hours call the Sheriff's Department at 419-673-1268 who will put you in touch with our On-call worker.

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT INVESTIGATION

Abuse and Neglect Screening and Investigation: Confidentially report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect twenty four hours a day 7 days a week. Trained staff will take your report, then will initiate an investigation if appropriate.

ADOPTION SERVICES

Ohio has many children from troubled families. These children are of diverse ages, race and background. Locally, people interested in adopting special needs children can contact us at Hardin County Job & Family Services for information on completing the home study process. We can also assist in matching children to adoptive parents. People interested in becoming adoptive parents may contact the agency.

CHILD FOSTER CARE SERVICES

Although we do not currently license foster homes, we can answer questions regarding the process and provide a list of agencies who are currently licensing homes. Please call for more information.

PROTECTIVE SUPERVISION

Family Protective Services- One of the roles of Hardin County Job and Family Services is to make sure children are raised in a safe environment and to keep families together whenever possible. To do this we provide services to families who are experiencing problems with abuse or neglect of children or the elderly, and families who are having problems maintaining a safe environment for their children for any number of reasons. These services include: Case Management, Information and Referral; Transportation; Foster Family placement; Residential Placement; In Home Training Services for Family Members. Rarely, there are instances where the child's safety can not be reasonably assured. In those instances, it is our role to accept permanent custody of such children and find the best possible permanent home for them; this may be in the home of a trustworthy relative or family friend, or, in some instances may need to be an adoptive home with qualified adoptive parents.

CERTIFICATION OF CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

Certification of Type B Child Care Providers: People interested in providing child care in their home can be licensed through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. These services are being provided by the Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC). For more information, please contact that Agency at 419-784-2150 or (800)686-2964 or by visiting their website at http://www.nocac.org/index.htm.

CHILD CARE AND DAY CARE RESOURCES

There are several places to obtain information regarding child care in Ohio. The following links will provide answers to just about any question regarding child care in Ohio: ODJFS at http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/childcare.stm or YWCA Child Care Resource & Referral at http://ywchildcareconnections.org or by calling 800-992-2916. If you fall under 200% of the federal poverty level, you may be eligible for child care assistance. Please contact the Agency for an application.

Hours Mondays - Thursdays 8:00 til 4:30; Fridays 8:30 til 2:30. To report abuse or neglect after business hours, call the Sheriff's Department at 419-673-1268 who will put you in touch with our On-call worker.

Cash Assistance

Families with children who are in need may be eligible for cash assistance through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families Program (formerly Aid to Dependent Children. Eligible families receive a monthly cash payment and other financial assistance such as Food Stamps and Medicaid. Adults in the household will need to be prepared to work toward becoming self sufficient by participating in education, training or by work at job sites. Those interested in applying for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps or Medicaid will need to contact us to arrange an appointment at the telephone numbers or e-mail address below. You will need to complete an Application for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps or Medicaid. To view and download the form here you will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer, otherwise you will be given one when you come in to apply.

Medicaid

Many families, elderly and disabled people are eligible for the Medicaid Program which pays for most medical costs, counseling services, therapies and social services. Eligibility is dependent on the person or families financial status. For people in extreme financial need there is no cost, for people with low to moderate incomes there may be a "spend down" or co-pay. To apply, you will need to complete an Application for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps or Medicaid. To view and download the form here you will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer, otherwise you may apply in person.

Food Stamps

Many families, elderly and single people in low income situations are eligible for the Food Stamp Program. This program is through the Federal Nutrition Services and is intended to help low income people buy necessary food products. The amount of Food Stamps is dependent on the person or families resources. In Ohio we use the Ohio Directions Card which is a debit card used at local grocery stores. To apply, you will need to complete an Application for Cash Assistance, Food Stamps or Medicaid. To view and download the form here you will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer, otherwise you may apply in person.

Utility Assistance

Families with children with low to moderate incomes who are unable to pay for utilities and are at risk of having their utilities shut off may be eligible for some assistance through Hardin County Job and Family Services. Persons applying for this service must have demonstrated financial responsibility by making payments within the past three months.

Interim Medical Assistance

Families in which the head of household is disabled and in the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance may be eligible for interim state funded medical assistance until they are determined to be disabled or not. There are a variety of complicated eligibility requirements, call us if you have questions.

Transportation Services

Hardin County Job and Family Services is able to arrange and pay for transportation services for certain low and moderate income people. In order to get this service interested people should call us locally. These services are available for Medicaid Eligible people to Medicaid Eligible Providers. Arrangements must be made with our office 24 hours or more in advance of the appointment. Specialized arrangements can be made for employment, family reunification services, but, must be arranged through the agency.