October 18, 2013
Scioto County Children Services is in dire need of a new visitation site. Visitation is set up between the child and the family to help establish, build, and/or maintain bonds while the child is placed in substitute care. The majority of these visits are conducted at the agency as supervision is often necessary.
In the past, the agency had a mobile home on the premises where visitation was facilitated. Unfortunately, the site became unsafe and was not able to be used or restored. It was removed from the property on Oct. 17 by Solid Rock Construction.
“We truly appreciate Bill Whitaker’s generosity for incurring all expenses associated with the demolition and removal of the mobile home,” said Dr. Lorra Fuller, Executive Director of Children Services.
Presently, Children Services is using a small room within the agency to conduct visits. This room now serves a dual purpose as it is also used to take walk-in referrals. With only one room available for visits, scheduling has been extremely challenging. Because they serve so many families, and each family has different periods of availability, they have to schedule multiple visits at the same time. They have had to use an outdoor area, when weather has been permitting, and have also had to use the employee breakroom for visits. In addition to only having the one space, the families they serve have to be escorted to bathroom facilities because they are located in secure staff working quarters.
The current arrangement is less than ideal, but the best they can offer without outside assistance.
They are not a 501(c)3, which makes their ability to apply for grants extremely limited. Grants that are available to them are for new construction or for renovation. Unfortunately, even if their request for new construction was accepted, it would not be implemented until 2015.
“Our current situation does not allow us to wait that long to make a change. Also, there is no existing space in our building to renovate into a visitation area. Our only option, at this time, lies with a donated unit,” said Caseworker Lindsay Hall.
If you have any information regarding mobile home donations, please contact Lindsay Hall at 740-456-4164.
Source: Scioto County Children Services