The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund awarded the Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department up to $938,113.50 to coordinate the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council from April 2016 through June 2021. The Western Ohio Region consists of 13 counties: Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Darke, Shelby, Logan, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery, and Preble.
As the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Coordinator, Montgomery County will coordinate the activities of the Regional Prevention Council which includes the development of a regional child abuse and child neglect needs assessment and regional prevention plan which will identify services that should be secured for the region. In addition, an outreach plan will be created and April child abuse awareness activities will be implemented.
“Montgomery County works every day to protect our community’s children who are at risk of abuse and neglect,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “This funding will enhance our region’s efforts to safeguard our children.”
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund is a primary public funding source dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect. Its mission is to build on existing strengths within families and communities to effectively intervene before child abuse and neglect occur.
“We look forward to working with and on behalf of the Western Ohio Region to further the work of preventing child abuse and child neglect throughout the region,” said Tom Kelley, Assistant Montgomery County Administrator – Human Services.
Over the last year, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund established eight regional prevention councils to lead child abuse and neglect prevention efforts across the state. The role of each Regional Prevention Council is to administer child abuse and child neglect prevention programming and services. Additional information is available at http://jfs.ohio.gov/OCTF/index.stm , click on the Regional Prevention Council link on the left.