– Wayne County Children Services Board’s mission is to protect abused, neglected, and dependent children while strengthening families.
– The agency no longer houses children in the Kinney Building and now serves a different population compared to the earlier Children’s Home.
– Children Services has witnessed a significant increase in cases of physical or sexual abuse, as well as neglect, over the past few decades.
– Volunteers play a crucial role in supporting Children Services by serving as tutors, mentors, special friends, and participating in special projects such as the Tot Stop at the Wayne County Fair.
– Financial support for Children Services comes from citizen-supported levies and state and federal funds.
– Wayne County voters have consistently renewed levies to support Children Services, including a 0.7 mill levy in 1996, a 0.6 mill levy in 2000, and a 1.6 mill levy in 2006, which was renewed in 2012.
– In November 2009, voters approved a 0.2 mill replacement/reduction levy, which replaced the 0.6 mill levy.
– In May 2015, voters approved a 0.2 mill renewal levy.
– Children Services consistently receives clean State audits and seeks child support orders for youth in its care.
– The agency partners with other community agencies to strengthen families and reduce the risk to children.
– Annually, Children Services raises awareness about its services and the issues of child abuse and neglect through Child Abuse Prevention Month activities held in April.
A LEGEND OF CARING
It does take a community to protect its children and the citizens of Wayne County and the Children Services Board have been doing this since 1882.