The mood in Landerhaven was warm and bittersweet, as hundreds of people representing several community partners and organizations, gathered to bid farewell to ADAMHS Board CEO, William Denihan. On Monday, May 15th, Chief Denihan addressed the crowd with stories and inspiration at the ADAMHS Board’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation, his last before he retires on August 1st.
As Cuyahoga County and much of the nation tackles the opiate epidemic and the impact on families, the Division of Children and Family Services is drawing on the lessons learned from previous drug crisis to help addicted mothers recover while keeping babies and children safe.
Ever since its beginning, Child Support has worked towards what is in the best interest of the child. As we’ve moved from a welfare-recovery program to a “Family-Centered Child Support” program , our core business has stayed the same—locating parents and assets; establishing legal parenthood and support orders; collecting child support payments; and providing case management services.
March is National Social Work Month and we have a lot to celebrate in Cuyahoga County. As part of our mission to help our residents thrive at every age and stage of life, the Department of Health and Human Services employees approximately 2300 people. They include licensed social workers, child protection specialists, adult protection workers, adoption coordinators, eligibility specialists, case workers, counselors and more.
It’s no secret that the recession caused an economic decline in communities across the country, including Cuyahoga County. Jobs were lost and the population decreased. If that wasn’t bad enough, the housing market crashed due to factors such as predatory lending. As a result, Cuyahoga County was left with an oversupply of housing that did not meet the needs of their current and future households. This lead to foreclosed, vacant, and blighted structures, posing safety concerns and depressing home values in many parts of the county.
“Normal business hours” don’t work for everybody. We know some consumers have trouble finding time during the day to call consumer advice lines. So during National Consumer Protection Week (March 5-11), Cleveland-area consumer agencies are participating in evening and weekend events designed to get you expert advice -- on your schedule.
In 2013, Cuyahoga County commissioned a Disparity Study and Procedure Report which examined county buying practices, policies and bonding requirements. In 2014, results of the study found that between 2009 and 2012, minorities received $9.3 million of Cuyahoga County combined subcontracting and prime contracting awards, a value equal to 1.4 percent of all awards made by the county.
As you’re shopping for groceries or buying gas, look for the county’s new 2017 Weights and Measures seals on deli scales and gas pumps. A current Weights and Measures seal shows you’re getting what you pay for.
The vision of a family may seem impossible for those families separated due to homelessness and/or foster care. Many social, economic, and personal factors can lead to families becoming homeless. Substance abuse, domestic violence, untreated mental health are some of the factors that lead to unsafe family situations and result in children needing to come into foster care.
Jingle jangle, woof woof, Ho Ho Ho…Santa Paws has once again visited the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter (CCAS). The annual Santa Paws event pulled into the shelter and left everyone quite merry. Each year the shelter holds the holiday bonanza with photo stations, raffle baskets and of course cookies! The event is a fundraiser to benefit the extensive medical needs for the lost and stray dogs that come to call CCAS their temporary home.
In January of 2014, I heard Jon Katov, Co-founder of a national mentoring program called The Open Table speak at Grumpy’s restaurant in Tremont. He was speaking to a room of social workers about how being in a relationship with a homeless veteran transformed his life. He talked about how wanting to help this man, changed him, changed his friends, changed his church, and changed his community.
Here at the county, we know that people today are living 30 to 40 years past the age of 50. This growing senior population is experiencing a major shift and how they age successfully. Baby Boomers are demanding senior center programming that is targeted to their unique needs and encompass the “whole person”. They want to engage in programs that incorporate continuing education and learning, health and wellness options, classes in the latest technology, as well as civic and community engagement options.
Winter is around the corner, and Cuyahoga County’s Office of Emergency Management wants to make sure you’re prepared. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for the upcoming season:
People of all ages get scammed, but scams can be particularly tough on Older Americans. Seniors often are on fixed incomes, so it’s harder for them to recover from a financial loss. They sometimes are afraid to tell anyone, fearing scammers’ threats or the family’s reaction. Or if they do tell someone, their complaint may not make it to the enforcement agency best suited to investigate.
At the early age of six, I was separated from my siblings and entered the foster care system due to drug use, sexual abuse and neglect. All I could ever dream and think of is I didn’t want to live my life the way I saw my whole family live –in an all-around dysfunctional household.
Over the past two decades that I have worked in the Toxicology Department of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, I have seen the drug trends of the county residents come and go. The most detrimental and deadly trend has been the crossover from heroin to fentanyl use.
Without question, going to prison is a life changing event. The disruptive effects go far beyond the people being sent away. Their absence affects families, friends, employers, and ultimately, the community as a whole. It is possible for that life change to lead to positive results. The Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry is dedicated to contributing to positive changes in the lives of returning citizens so that we may all thrive, together.
Want to go solar but unsure where to start? Don’t worry because Cuyahoga County residents are going solar together! Through the Cuyahoga County Solar Co-op residents have joined together to use the strength of their numbers to purchase solar panels at a discount.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Community groups across our region encourage us to take a stand against intimate partner violence and to show our support by wearing purple ribbons throughout the month. Even the Terminal Tower is lit with bright purple lights periodically throughout October to encourage a greater civic conversation about domestic violence. Cuyahoga County proudly joins this campaign and pledges its support for all victims of domestic violence.
It’s no secret that I believe high-quality childhood education is key to Cuyahoga County’s success. As we look ahead to shaping a better future for all of our residents and creating opportunities so that we can all thrive; we have to start with our youngest.