Many people wonder when calling Lucas
County Children Services is the right thing to do. You might be looking
for resources to help your family through a difficult time. However,
LCCS responds to family problems only when they create unsafe conditions
that lead to potential child abuse or neglect.
Some examples that have the potential to lead to abuse or neglect:
- Drug abuse in the presence of children
- Domestic violence in the presence of children
- Loaded or unsecured weapons that are accessible to children
LCCS will screen in, or accept notification, that a family does not
have utilities and has no access to alternative provisions, when the
situation poses a safety threat to children (e.g., lack of electricity
for an infant who requires an apnea monitor; no access to water; no heat
source in the winter).
LCCS will screen out notifications about families that lack utilities
but do have access to alternative provisions, thus eliminating the
safety threat (e.g., no water in the home but the parent brings water
into the home or utilizes neighbor’s/relative’s facilities). Calls not
posing a risk to children will be referred to community resources such
as United Way 2-1-1, shelters, food banks and local churches.
Juvenile delinquency should be reported to local law enforcement or the Juvenile Court.