Marion Star Op Ed by Director Jacqueline Ringer

Its 1:30 in the morning and the phone rings. Marion Police Department.  A female victim in the home has overdosed, unresponsive to emergency treatment.  The officer says there are three unattended children under the age of 5 in the home and in need … [Read more...]

Four Named Employees of the Year for 2016

Marion County Children Services has named four employees of the year for 2016. Those recognized include Francis Hernandez, supervisory staff; Mandy Davis and Ellen Thrush, caseworkers; and Dempsey Slone, support services. Marion County Children … [Read more...]

Ongoing foster parent training schedule for 2017

  2017 Marion County Workshops   ***January 7th (Saturday, 9am-12PM) OR January 12th (Thursday, 6pm-9pm) *** Mandatory training: Foster Care Policies, Rules and Procedures. Register with TONI. This is NOT an E-TRACK … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Fall Pre-Service Schedule 2017

    Fall 2017 Marathon Weekends* Foster/Adopt Training Program * Complete training in three weekends! Trainer: Lynne Anderson Beginning January 1, 2009, all persons being recommended for licensure as caregivers must have … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Spring Pre-Service Schedule 2017

      Spring 2017 Trainer: Lynne Anderson Beginning January 1, 2009, all persons being recommended for licensure as caregivers must have completed the following 36-hour Preservice training, delivered in 12 three-hour … [Read more...]

December Board Meeting Canceled

The December 16, 2016 regular meeting of the Marion County Children Services Board has been canceled. The next meeting will occur on January 20, 2017 at noon at Marion County Children Services. Click here to learn more about the Board, their work, … [Read more...]

Caseworker Openings Available

Ongoing Services Caseworker needed to provide case management, case planning and direct intervention services, investigation/intake, to a caseload of families and children in need of protective services intervention for child abuse, child neglect and … [Read more...]

Child deaths weigh on first responders

The following article appeared in The Marion Star Deaths of young children are among the worst cases first responders can encounter on the job. That’s made the last two months especially difficult for personnel in Marion County. Six-month-old … [Read more...]

Child Abuse is Preventable

Officials: Child abuse is preventable Andrew Carter, Reporter 1:47 p.m. EDT July 2, 2016 Buy Photo (Photo: File photo/The Marion star) 13 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE MARION - Child abuse is … [Read more...]

Fragile Brain – Handle with Care

Fragile brain, handle with care Jonathan Dart and Sarah Cumberland report on a form of child abuse that is not instantly recognizable, but the consequences can be dire. In the absence of treatment, Australian doctors are trying to improve diagnosis … [Read more...]