South Central Ohio Job and Family Services (SCOJFS) is responsible for investigating reports of abuse and neglect involving children and older adults in Hocking, Ross, and Vinton Counties.  This responsibility resides within the Protective Services Department at SCOJFS.

SCOJFS partners with law enforcement, medical/mental health providers, and community agencies to ensure the safety of children and the elderly is being met.

The primary goal when working with families is the preservation of the family unit, which means keeping children and parents together, while working through their family issues.  If this is not possible, the agency will look at alternative living arrangements, which could include kinship or foster/adoptive placements.  Ultimately, the agency wants to ensure children are in a stable, supportive, and loving home.

To report suspected Abuse or Neglect of Children or the Elderly, contact 1-855-726-5237 and press option #1.  Call 911 or law enforcement if you believe a child or senior is in immediate danger.

Public Assistance

Public assistance refers to government programs that provide funding to communities, individuals and families in need. Examples include: Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicaid, Child Care Assistance, Transportation Assistance and Fraud.


Our strong partnership with many state and local organizations offer opportunities to job seekers in their path to finding rewarding employment while assisting employers in building a successful workforce.

Child Support

Child Support is money paid by a parent, who isn’t living with his or her children, to help cover the cost of their care. Child Support helps guarantee that children’s basic needs are met: from food, shelter and clothes to education, transportation and medical expenses.

Protective Services

We provide protective services to the elderly and children who are in danger of harm, unable to protect themselves, and/or have no one else to assist them. SCOJFS is mandated to investigate and evaluate all reports of suspected abuse and neglect.