Please know the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Currently, we are recommending that masks be worn when you are visiting Seneca County DJFS. If you do not have a mask when arriving one can be provided to you. We also would like to encourage you to call and make appointments if you need to visit in person with a caseworker or someone from within the Agency. This will better help us serve you while keeping those involved as safe as possible during the recent trends within the Pandemic. The Drop Box is continued to be serviced as well.
We will continue to accept applications through our online portals, as well as documents submitted to the department email boxes below. Please feel free to email attachments and/or photographs of documents, verifications, etc.
Payments for child support can also be mailed to Ohio CSPC, P.O. Box 182372, Columbus, OH 43218-2394. Please include name, SETS number, order number, social security number (optional), and amount applied to each case (if multiple); or by credit/debit card payment with no additional fee at: oh.smartchildsupport.com or by calling 1.888.965.2676 option 5.
If you are currently providing kinship care for a child and have recently been involved with child protective services in Seneca County you may be eligible for assistance during this emergency. Please contact Seneca County Job and Family Services and request Kinship Caregiver Program Services to see if you are eligible. Kinship care can be formal, (court ordered) or informal, (voluntary agreement). Kinship care is defined as 5101.85 Kinship caregiver defined.
Thank you for your patience.
For Specific Immediate Department contact please see the emails below and reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Child and Adult Protective Services: email@example.com
Workforce Services (including Child Care, OhioMeansJobs, etc.): firstname.lastname@example.org
Child Support: email@example.com
SNAP Food Assistance, OWF and/or Medicaid: firstname.lastname@example.org
Arranging Assistance for our Community
Welcome to Seneca County DJFS
We are a quadruple combined Agency that provides services for Seneca County. Departments ranging from Child Support, Protective Services, Workforce & Development, and OhioMeansJobs.
We’re here to help and assist you so that you can become the most successful you can be. In partnership with our community, we provide appropriate services to children, adults and families to promote personal responsibility, independence and a safe living environment and self sufficiency. We aim to provide these services through the dedication of a committed and caring staff; who shall treat all individuals we serve as well as our peers with respect and dignity.
List of Businesses Providing Meals for K-12 Schools
- Salvation Army- 11:30-12:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.
- Tiffin St. Pauls United Methodist Church- Monday and Thursday “lunchtime”
- Tiffin City Schools- Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday
- Hopewell pick up 10-10:15am M,W,F at the school, Venue 18, or Rural King
- Little Hugos 11-12 M-F hotdog and chips
- Sauced in New Riegel 11-1 Monday-Friday
- Old Fort- families who qualify for free & reduced meals. Breakfast and Lunch. Pick up at Old Fort Junior High/High School or Elementary school Bettsville campus.
- Seneca East 11:30-12:30 Monday and Thursday pick up at the school
- Fostoria City Schools Monday-Friday pick up at Fostoria Elementary or the Bus Garage 11am-1pm
- Lakota Local Schools 11-12 Monday, Wednesday, Friday contact Michelle Guzman at 419-986-6610 ext. 3428 by 9am
- Carey Schools- 9-11am Monday-Friday
- Mohawk 10:30-12 Monday-Friday
- Clyde-Green Springs Schools- Starting March 23 11-12:30 Monday-Friday
- Bellevue City Schools- will begin after spring break
- Vanguard Tech Center- grab and go breakfast and lunch
Resources for Ohio’s Kinship Caregivers
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving home, but there are far too many Ohio children that can’t remain at home because of parental substance use disorders,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new resource adds to the supports available for kinship caregivers because the need is greater than ever.”
Current and prospective kinship caregivers can visit the website for answers to frequently asked questions, use an interactive map to find local services, view a calendar of events and trainings, and fill out a “Contact Us” form for one-on-one assistance.
“Ohio has an estimated 100,000 grandparents and other relatives who have volunteered to care for children when their own parents cannot,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “They have made a courageous, life-changing decision, and we are honored to provide this resource so that they can more easily access information and supports.”
Ohio has about 16,000 children in the custody of county children services agencies and a continuing need for more families to care for them. When children must be removed from their homes, caseworkers first try to place them with a family member or close family friend. This “kinship” care offers the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging and to continue their family culture and traditions. Kinship care can be temporary or permanent, depending on the children and families’ needs. More than 4,000 children in children services custody are being cared for by kinship caregivers.
As a result of the recently passed biennial budget and new federal legislation, ODJFS is developing a statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program that is expected to launch in 2020. The program will provide more personalized help in directing kinship caregivers and adoptive parents to local resources and supports.
Ohio offers a range of assistance for eligible kinship caregivers. To apply for services, families should contact their county public children services agency or department of job and family services. Contact information for county agencies can be found on the Service Providers Map on the new website.
New Agency Extension Numbers
Seneca County DJFS has recently implemented a new phone system. From now any extension you directly dial will need the number 2 in front of it. If you are attempting to dial 606 you will need to input 2606 instead. Thank you for your patience!