Adult Protective Services (APS) addresses the safety
and well-being of older adults, age 60 and over, in
Lawrence County. We investigate reports of suspected
abuse, neglect and exploitation and coordinate services
to protect those who have been identified as being victimized.
Signs of Elder Abuse
• Bruises, black eyes, welts,
lacerations, rope marks,
• Untreated injuries in various
stages of healing
• An elder's report of being hit,
slapped, kicked, raped or
• An elder's sudden change in
behavior, including being
emotionally upset, agitated or
• A caregiver's refusal to allow
visitors to see an elder alone
• Torn, stained or bloody underclothing
• Dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores or
• Hazardous or unsafe living conditions (such as improper
no heat, no running water, extreme clutter,
hoarding, trash, animals)
• Improper or inadequate clothing, lack of necessary
such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, walker,
• The desertion of an elder at a public location such
as a mall or senior
• Sudden changes in bank account practices, including
withdrawals of large amounts by a person accompanying
• Abrupt changes in a will or other legal or financial
• Bills unpaid despite adequate resources
• Unexplained disappearance of funds or other valuable
• Discovery of an elder's signature being forged for
financial purposes or
for the transfer of titles, etc.
• Unexplained sudden transfers of assets to a family
someone outside the family
are times when children cannot remain in their own homes.
Many children are fortunate to have a kinship caregiver
step up to the plate when this situation arises. Kinship
Care refers to a temporary or permanent arrangement
in which a relative or non-relative adult who has a
long standing relationship with the child and/or family
has taken over the full-time care of a child whose parents
are unable to do so for various reasons.
care includes those relationships established through
the legal system as well as those established through
Available to Kinship Caregivers
Cash Assistance - apply at Lawrence County Department
of Job & Family Services (740) 532-1176 and ask for
“Child Only” TANF or OWF assistance. Eligibility is
based on the child’s situation and not the caregiver’s
income. Please note that a non-relative, informal caregiver
would not be eligible for cash assistance.
Medical Assistance - apply at Lawrence County
Department of Job & Family Services. Eligibility is
based on the child’s income, if they are not already
covered on a health insurance policy, the child is likely
to be eligible for a Medicaid card.
Food Assistance - apply at Lawrence County Department
of Job & Family Services. This benefit is available
for low income caregivers that are working. Eligibility
is based on household income.
Child Care Subsidy - apply at Lawrence County
Department of Job & Family Services. This benefit is
available for low income caregivers that are working.
Eligibility is based on household income.
Permanency Incentive Assistance - Financial support
available for qualifying permanent kinship families.
Apply at Lawrence County Children Services. Call (740)
532-1176 and ask for the Kinship Program. A non-relative,
informal caregiver would not be eligible for cash assistance.
Why Kinship? While the child protection system works
to strengthen families that are struggling to positively
care for their own child, kinship caregivers offer an
important option when the child cannot remain safely
in his/her own home. Studies show that children have
far better outcomes being placed in kinship care as
opposed to foster care. And while foster care is a valuable
and necessary resource in many cases, we know that children
grow better living in safe, familiar homes.
Need more information?
JFS Kinship Care
is a brief review of what is considered child abuse,
neglect and dependency:
Physical Abuse: Non-accidental injury to a child
or death inflicted other than by accidental means. This
may include severe corporal punishment that results
in serious harm.
Sexual Abuse: Act of sexual nature upon or with
a child, such as molestation, prostitution, and pornography.
The act may be for the gratification of abuser or a
Emotional Abuse: Chronic, consistent attitude
or act that interferes with a child’s psychological
and social development.
Neglect: Willful failure to provide for a child;
refusing to perform parental duties; abandonment. Some
examples include: • Lack of supervision • Educational
neglect • Medical/dental neglect • Unsafe shelter •
Failure to protect (domestic violence, child endangering,
driving intoxicated, etc.)
Neglect: Failure to provide the support or affection
necessary to a child’s psychological and social development.
Some examples include: • Failure to thrive diagnosis
• Psychological neglect (for instance, parent does not
take child for assessment when he or she threatens or
When a child is deprived of physical or emotional support
due to a mental or physical condition of the child’s
parents, guardian or custodian. This also pertains to
a child who is at risk due to living in a household
where abuse, neglect or dependency has already been
substantiated in court regarding another child.
Are The Victims of Child Abuse?
• Any child (birth-18 years)
• Any child under 21 who has handicaps
• Children across all class, cultural and educational
& Foster Care
County Children Services depends on special families
to open their hearts and homes to provide temporary
and permanent care.
children are removed from their homes, temporarily or
permanently, as the result of child abuse, neglect or
other unsafe conditions, Lawrence County Children Services
calls on foster and adoptive families to provide the
children safe, loving homes. Foster families care for
children temporarily while Lawrence County Children
Services works with the children’s birth families to
resolve issues. When children must be removed permanently
from their homes, adoptive families provide a new, permanent,
are needed for children of all ages. There is always
a critical need of homes for teens, sibling groups,
emergency care homes, and foster families who will also
consider adoption of children of all ages. Foster parents
work together with the caseworker to meet the needs
of the child placed in their home.
more information about Adoption and Foster Care, please
call 740-532-1176, Fax: 740-532-9490, TTY/TTD: 740-532-3080.