Mitigating Risk and Supporting Children in AOD Environments

Sep 26, 2018

Mitigating Risk and Supporting Children in AOD Environments:  Ohio is one of the top 5 states in the country with deaths related to drug overdose.  As a result many of Ohio’s children are at risk for countless experiences such as violence in their homes, absent caregivers, higher levels of stress, poverty, neglect, and harsh parenting.  Explore the rick factors these children are susceptible as a result of being embedded in alcohol and drug environments (AOD) and learn how trauma is sustained.  Understand that risk mitigation involves taking steps to reduce the adverse effects of those AOD systems on children who may have trauma.


  1. Develop a basic understanding of AOD environments and be able to identify the risk factors of children living in those environments.
  2. Understand key concepts of trauma experienced by children in AOD environments.
  3. Participants will learn ways to mitigate the risks of children living in AOD environments and strategies to help build connection and increase resilience to ensure success in life.

For more information or to register, click here.

Foster Parent Orientation

Oct 2, 2018

Foster Parent Orientation: Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Foster parent orientation is the 1st Tuesday and Thursday of every month 5-7pm at our Clermont (555 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike) and Norwood (4411 Montgomery Road, Suite 201) locations, call 513.752.1555 to register. 

Foster Parent Orientation

Oct 4, 2018

Foster Parent Orientation: Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Foster parent orientation is the 1st Tuesday and Thursday of every month 5-7pm at our Clermont (555 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike) and Norwood (4411 Montgomery Road, Suite 201) locations, call 513.752.1555 to register. 

Warrior Run

Oct 6, 2018

I am NOT a runner, but I AM passionate about supporting the emotional wellness of children!  Join me in one of the best events in the city to support children and most importantly to raise awareness and funding to implement suicide prevention throughout schools in greater Cincinnati! 

There are so many ways to get involved starting at at 5pm on Oct. 6 in Mariemont: run the 5k, walk 1 mile, kids can do the Fun Run, donate to support suicide prevention programs, show up for the after party to eat and play and watch a family friendly movie!

For more information or to register for the Child Focus, Inc. Team click here.

For more information about The Warrior Run click here.


Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training

Oct 10, 2018

Stewards of Children Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training. 

FREE program

$10.00 for 2.0 CEUS

Thank you to the Ohio Children's Trust fund for enabling us to offer this training at no cost.

Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem children face, with the most serious array of consequences. In fact, 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. 

This means that whether you work with youth, are a parent, or are simply a member of a community, it is highly likely that someone you know and care for has experienced, or is currently experiencing, child sexual abuse. It's going to happen whether you are prepared to deal with it or not - unless you stop it from happening. And the good news is, it can be stopped.

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention solution that increases knowledge, improves attitudes, and changes child protective behaviors.  It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.

Why is this program different?

Stewards of Children uses real people and real stories to show you how to protect children.

You'll meet survivors who lived through child sexual abuse, experienced its immediate and long-term effects, and ultimately were able to find healing. You'll meet experts who work with children and families, and confront abuse on a daily basis. Many of these survivors and experts are also parents, themselves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Click link below to view the Stewards of Children Training trailer:

For more information and to register, go to:

Triple P Positive Parenting Seminars- The Power of Positive Parenting

Oct 25, 2018

Triple P Positive Parenting Seminars-The Power of Positive Parenting


CEUs: None offered for this workshop


Children of all ages need safe, secure, and loving environments to do well in life.  Positive Parenting is an effective approach that gives parents the skills and confidence they need to reduce the stress of parenting and make it more enjoyable.

Positive parenting is an approach to being a parent that aims to promote children's development and manage children's behavior and emotions in a constructive and nonhurtful way.

For more info and to register, click here.

Triple P Positive Parenting Seminars: Raising Confident, Competent Children

Oct 25, 2018

Children are more likely to be confident, succeed at school and get on well with others when they develop certain life skills including being respectful and considerate, communicating well with others, thinking positively and having healthy self-esteem, being a good problem solver, and becoming independent and able to do things for themselves. This seminar will review strategies to assist parents to teach these life skills to children.  For more information or to register click here.  

Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) for ECMH Consultants Day 2/2

Oct 29, 2018

The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)– Infant/Toddler & Preschool Program 0-5 for ECMH consultants 

Must Attend Both Days-Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29-30, 2018 9:00am-4:00pm

Fee: FREE (Funded by the Whole Child Matters Grant)

$20.00 for CEUs

In this training you will learn about the DECA for both Infants and Toddlers as well as Preschoolers.  In both programs, DECA uses a 5 step approach that will be reviewed  so that as an ECMH consultant you can help programs to use either to cover all ages 0-5.

Early Learning Professionals must register through OCCRRA using ST # 10072276

All other registrations contact Nicolle Moore at 

Eat at City BBQ Eastgate on 10/31!

Oct 31, 2018

The City BBQ Child Focus fundraising event is from 10:30am-10pm on Wednesday, 10/31 only. Carryout orders are included and you can show the coupon on your phone or print out a copy and Child Focus gets 25% of sales!  Easy way to help and have a delicious meal!  Click here for the coupon.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office Presents Operation Street Smart: Drug Education Program at Child Focus, Inc. Training Center

Dec 13, 2018

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office created Operation Street Smart in July 2002 as a way to take community oriented policing to a new level.  Street Smart is a collaborative effort between D.A.R.E. and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is the Sheriff’s Office undercover narcotics branch. To date, Operation: Street Smart has been presented over 1,500 times to over 150,000 people throughout Ohio and the United States.  In May 2004, the program received the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership Award.

The goal of Street Smart is to provide current and up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia, concealment techniques, and physiological effects to those individuals who deal with today’s youth on a daily basis.  The target audience for street smart includes DARE and school resource officers, juvenile detectives, school administrators and school board members, teachers, and parents.  Other groups and organizations that deal with juveniles are also eligible to receive this program.  Past attendees have also included physicians, school nurses, juvenile prosecutors, juvenile probation officers, and children services employees.

Three current/former undercover detectives, who possess over fifty years of combined narcotics experience, conduct the Street Smart presentation.  This program includes actual examples of current designer street drugs such as XTC, Bath Salts, Huffing, LSD, GHB, K2/Spice, and Khat. Current drug paraphernalia examples are available to depict the ease in camouflaging drug use from adults.  A strong emphasis is placed on the physiological effects of the drugs and indicators to look for.  So-called “traditional” drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, and methamphetamine are also covered extensively as teenagers still heavily abuse these drugs.  A portion of the program also deals with prescription medications, including DXM, due to the easy accessibility in most households.  The entire presentation is back dropped by a PowerPoint slide show depicting additional examples of the drug being shown.

Visit the Franklin County Sheriff's Office website for additional information by clicking here.

For more information and to register, click here.