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Scarf & Hat Harvest Event

Posted on: November 10, 2017 11:00 am
Child Focus Harvest Event:  This will be our LAST Making the Difference with Scarves event.  Hand Knit or crocheted items like hats, scarves, pillows, stuffed animals, etc. will be available for sale.  Money raised will help the Giving read more …

October 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: October 31, 2017 12:00 pm
Congratulations to staff! Christine Kiger: Christine is always very helpful to me. She is always laminating things for me … and I usually have a lot to laminate. Yvonne Wallace: Yvonne dropped her hours to part-time in July. As the agency read more …

Child Focus Team Walks for AFSP

Posted on: October 31, 2017 11:00 am
Child Focus Community Mental Health staff at the Out of the Darkness Walk in Cincinnati- proof that when people work together they can make big changes in the world. These American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  walks produce millions for read more …

Sensory Santa

Posted on: October 31, 2017 11:00 am
Some of you are wondering what a Sensory Santa is.   There are many children who want to meet Santa but have sensory over load when it comes to being at the mall, waiting in a long line, having to deal with loud noises and the whole hustle and read more …

Cincinnati Financial Corp. Donates Birthday Bags

Posted on: October 31, 2017 10:40 am

Cincinnati Financial Corporation donated 75 birthday bags for kids in Child Focus programs as part of their United Way campaign.  Birthday bags included a box of birthday cake, icing and birthday hat or toy.  Birthday bags will be given to the Genesis Center students.

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Hamilton County Mental Health Levy

Posted on: October 31, 2017 10:00 am
The Hamilton County Mental Health levy will be on the ballot for renewal, and it’s important to remember that it won’t raise taxes! Mental health services are important to the fabric of our community and our quality of life. A read more …

PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure

Posted on: October 31, 2017 10:00 am
Child Focus, Inc. hosted the PNC Bank Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA), a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their read more …

Sam's & American Modern Donate & Build Bikes

Posted on: October 31, 2017 10:00 am

Special thanks to Sam's Club for donating and American Modern Insurance Group (AMIG) staff for building 10 kids bikes.  AMIG staff assembled the bike as a friendly competition and team building event during their United Way campaign.  Bikes will be distributed to kids in Child Focus Early Learning and Behavioral Health programs.

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Peanut Butter & Jam Nov. 8!

Posted on: October 31, 2017 9:00 am
We invite you to bring your family to a free child-friendly concert geared especially toward children age 6 and younger! Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions present: A Musical Zoo at Child Focus Training Center, 551 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike on Wednesday, November read more …

Chevy Buses & Ford Hot Shot Truck for Auction

Posted on: October 2, 2017 12:00 pm
The following will be sold to the highest bidder:  (1)    Chevy bus, 1996, 30 passenger, 80,000 miles (2)    Chevy bus, 2005, 27 passenger, 104,000 read more …

September 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: September 28, 2017 6:00 pm
Congratulations to all!  The winners for the drawing for this month are Donna Burch, Sheri Horsley, Donna Proffitt, Denny Moell and Beth Crawford.  Child Focus nominated for the September Staff Above and Beyond Awards include:  Jamie DeMaris, read more …

Giving Tree Sponsors Needed for the Holidays!

Posted on: September 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Giving Tree Sponsor Companies and Individuals are needed for a Giving Tree Child or Family this year! Items collected include a personalized list of NEW clothing, food, cleaning supplies, gift cards, coats, shoes, toys and books.  100% of Giving Tree read more …

Amazing Opportunity for Families Oct. 12

Posted on: September 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Cincinnati is in the midst of an exciting revitalization. Yet one in three Cincinnatians struggle with poverty and families often have difficulty accessing resources that lead to long-term economic empowerment.  As GreenLight Fund’s second read more …

Partnerships are Key Between Jail and Mental Health Community

Posted on: August 31, 2017 10:00 am
Partnerships are crucial when it comes to dealing with mental health issues among inmates at the County Jail, said Administrator Joe Palmer. “I don’t know how we could operate now without our wonderful partners,” he said. Those partners read more …

Are We in Your School?

Posted on: August 31, 2017 10:00 am
Community Mental Health Services are provided in the school setting to meet students in an environment that is natural, minimizing the stigma associated with mental health service and to minimize the barrier of transportation that often prevents read more …

Volunteers Help in Butterfly Garden

Posted on: August 31, 2017 9:00 am
Special thanks to United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Clermont Chamber and Lykins Energy Solutions for volunteering in our Butterfly Garden on August 23.  The group mulched, cleared debris, weeded and cut back shrubs.  One of the preschool read more …

Openings Available in Early Childhood Day Treatment

Posted on: August 31, 2017 9:00 am
Child Focus, Inc.’s Early Childhood Day Treatment Program continues to evolve to best meet the needs of the children and families we serve. In order to provide a more comprehensive, holistic system of care, our program has been modified to a single read more …

Mt. Orab Together Group Meets

Posted on: August 31, 2017 9:00 am
Child Focus, Inc. in Mt. Orab will be holding  its “Together Group” sessions beginning August 29 each Wednesday  from 3 to 4 p.m. for three and four year olds and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for five to six year old children.“This event read more …

At County Jail, Inmate Suffering with Mental Illness are Treated with Care

Posted on: August 31, 2017 9:00 am
It’s no secret that jails in the United States have become homes, and sometimes havens, to those with mental illness. National studies have shown that nearly 15% of men and 30% of women booked into jails have a serious mental health condition, according read more …

Encourage the Heart A Success

Posted on: August 30, 2017 4:00 pm
The Encourage the Heart Dinner, sponsored by Lykins Energy Solutions, Park National Bank, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, PNC Bank, Howerton Construction Co., LLC. and iheartmedia, was held on August 4. Money raised will go to the Child Focus, Inc. Encourage read more …

Charity Golf Classic Nov. 3

Posted on: August 23, 2017 12:00 pm
Child Focus is in need of facility upgrades, such as furniture and equipment which play an important role in creating an effective, safe and therapeutic environment. Top priorities for facility maintenance that have been completed this year include a new fire read more …

July 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: July 28, 2017 9:00 am
Here are the staff that was nominated for the July Staff Above and Beyond Award. The winners this month are: Laura Planck, Dani Brown, Samantha Logan, Katie Taxiera and Alma Boggs. Congratulations to all!  Laura Planck: The WYAC nurse Laura Planck went read more …

Encourage the Heart Dinner Awardees & Program

Posted on: July 28, 2017 8:00 am
Child Focus has two great fundraising events to celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year.  The Encourage the Heart Dinner is August 4 and The Charity Golf Classic is November 3.  Child Focus encourages the heart of the most vulnerable children in read more …

Two Good Events for One Great Cause

Posted on: July 5, 2017 10:00 am
Child Focus has two great fundraising events to celebrate its 40th Anniversary this year.  The Encourage the Heart Dinner is August 4 and The Charity Golf Classic is November 3.  Child Focus encourages the heart of the most vulnerable children in read more …

Child Focus Helps Reds Rookie Success League

Posted on: June 30, 2017 1:00 pm
The Reds Rookie Success League of Clermont County hosted its sixth year of the program in 2017 and was held at the Batavia Township Community Center.  The program relies on volunteer coaches to help insure a great experience for all kids.  Thanks to read more …

Highest Level of Accreditation Received

Posted on: June 30, 2017 12:50 pm
Child Focus, Inc. received the highest level of Three-Year Accreditation from CARF International, an independent organization focusing on quality standards, in the following services: Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults, Children and read more …

Volunteers Beautify Early Childhood Courtyard

Posted on: June 30, 2017 11:00 am
Volunteers from Harmony UU church in Maineville took time on Saturday morning to beautify the courtyard for our Early Childhood Day Treatment program. Having a safe, welcoming outdoor play area is crucial for our children, as gross motor play provides a read more …

Trauma Informed Care

Posted on: June 30, 2017 10:00 am
Trauma is a near universal experience of individuals with behavioral health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, 55% – 99% of women in substance use treatment and 85% – 95% read more …

2017 Staff Retreat Celebrate 40 Years

Posted on: May 31, 2017 11:00 am
Child Focus, Inc. celebrated its 40th Anniversary at its 300-person staff retreat on May 19 at American Modern Insurance Group.  Utilizing a birthday theme with party hats, noisemakers, cupcakes and a sundae bar, staff were welcomed by Rob Meyer, Child read more …

May 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: May 31, 2017 10:00 am
Staff members that were nominated for the May Above and Beyond Awards are below.  The winners of the drawing for this month are: Alex Lopez and Randi Seaman. Congratulations to all!   Cara Buckley: Cara is an essential part of my classroom. I know read more …

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Posted on: April 28, 2017 3:00 pm
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and Cincinnati Foster Care celebrated with the Cincinnati Red’s on May 19th at the Great American Ballpark thanks to a generous donation of more than 1,000 Reds tickets from Most Valuable read more …

My Feelings are a Work of Art

Posted on: April 28, 2017 8:00 am
Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board and several community agencies and schools are participating in the National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day initiative, My Feelings Are a Work of Art, throughout the month of May. The initiative read more …

Staff Above & Beyond April 2017

Posted on: April 28, 2017 7:00 am
These are the staff members that were nominated to the April Above and Beyond Award. The winners of the drawing were Jamie Ballenger, Cindy Garten, Neil Patrick, Carrie Valenzuela and Amy Dail.  Congratulations to all!! Elinor Keller and Alex Carlotta: read more …

Child Focus Staff Take on Mud Run

Posted on: April 28, 2017 7:00 am
Good luck to Amy Cothran, Amy Crawford, Heather Mason and Teresa Fellinger, Child Focus Business Office staff, who will be taking on the Mud Run at Perfect North on June 3.  If you are interested in running with this group, contact Amy Cothran. read more …

Genesis Celebrates Student Character & Achievement

Posted on: March 30, 2017 11:00 am
CEC South/Genesis School recently celebrated student character and achievement by inviting parents to the school for project displays and award ceremonies.  The students each received a personalized certificate of achievement signed by school read more …

Help Us Celebrate 40 Years!

Posted on: March 30, 2017 10:40 am
Child Focus, Inc. will be celebrating its 40th year serving the community in 2017. As we reflect upon our past, present and future we want to not only continue our mission of service but find new and better ways to improve the quality of life in our read more …

Register Now for 17/18 Head Start Preschool

Posted on: March 30, 2017 9:00 am
Head Start children in Clermont County may attend a preschool classroom where they learn skills they will need to succeed in school or participate in the home visitation program where Home Visitors assist families in creating nurturing, healthy environments read more …

March 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: March 30, 2017 9:00 am
These staff members that were nominated to the March Early Learning Above and Beyond Award. The winners of the drawing were Brenda Collins, Ruth Shields, Debbie Knight and the Juvenile Court Team. Congratulations to all!! Harold Beach- Stepped in at the last read more …

Burgers with Dads

Posted on: March 30, 2017 8:00 am
Williamsburg Head Start: On Thursday, March 9 we invited Dads to have lunch with their child/children at school.  As Dads arrived, children showed them our daily lunch routine.  Dads really enjoyed sharing that time with their child and seeing what read more …

Child Focus Says Good Bye to Retiring Suzanne

Posted on: February 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Child Focus said goodbye to Suzanne Schrolucke, our Enrollment and Recruitment Manager, who retired on February 17th after 29 years of service.  Suzanne will be missed and we wish her well on her retirement.  She was known for her creativity, read more …

Milford Student Collects Gift Cards, Snacks & Art Supplies for Kids in Foster Care

Posted on: February 27, 2017 4:00 pm
A Milford Junior High Student, Rhyann, collected over $300 in gift cards, snacks, art supplies and hygiene products for children in foster care.  Many times when children are placed into foster care they do no have a lot of belongings or clothing with read more …

Heroin Abuse Causes Heavy Strain on Foster Care System

Posted on: February 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Experts from child care agencies are seeing a heavier strain placed on Cincinnati-area foster care systems lately.  There is mounting evidence that heroin abuse is causing much of that strain.  Foster parents agree with leaders in the medical and read more …

Delta Dental of Ohio Helps Celebrate February is Dental Health Month

Posted on: February 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Thanks to Delta Dental of Ohio, Head Start preschools were able to learn how to use and take home toothbrushes, scrubbers, floss and toothbrush timers to take great care of their teeth!  February is Dental Health Month.  Children used interactive read more …

February 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: February 27, 2017 2:00 pm
These are the staff members that were nominated for the February Above and Beyond Award. The winners of the drawing were Nancy Blair and Betsy Weiss. Congratulations to all!!  Nancy Blair- For taking care of the fish tank in the lobby. This is not an read more …

Annual Report to the Community

Posted on: February 8, 2017 1:00 pm
It's an exciting time but not for reasons you would think.  Our industry continues to challenge us as unfunded mandates, regulations, Medicaid, managed care and behavioral health care are changing in fundamental ways.  Although necessary, this year read more …

Clermont Team Goal is to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill in Jail

Posted on: February 8, 2017 1:00 pm
Ohio has joined a growing national effort to reduce the number of persons with mental illness who cycle through county jails.  State and county officials convened in Columbus to learn how the national Stepping Up Initiative is bringing local criminal read more …

January 2017 Staff Above & Beyond

Posted on: January 31, 2017 3:40 pm
These staff members were nominated for the January Above & Beyond awards.  The winners of the drawing were Maureen, Susan, Shannon, Linda, Jill, Shelly, Linda, and Melody.  Congratulations, everyone!  Linda Cornwell - Linda graciously read more …

AK Steel Helps Kids Over Holidays

Posted on: January 31, 2017 3:00 pm
AK Steel helped 17 families and 44 kids this year at Genesis. They also added even more generosity this year by buying 38 individual gifts for the elementary aged kids in the Genesis and SOCOMM program. The kids got to open these at gifts at school and were read more …