Letter: Children Services needs support of community

Allen County Children Services is asking voters to approve our current five-year, 0.5 mil renewal levy. Approval of this levy will enable us to continue to provide mandated services to our community’s abused and neglected children. This levy was first approved by the public in 1996. This levy will not raise taxes and will cost the owner of a $100,000 home, $17.50 per year.

The opioid epidemic that has hit our community over the last several years continues to plague families and children in Allen County. In 2020, our agency investigated 858 cases of abuse or neglect involving 1,236 children. It is estimated that 80 percent of families receiving agency services involve a parent using illegal drugs. The cost of removing a child from a home for safety reasons and placing the child in a foster home or residential facility has been on the rise. During the pandemic, the agency has noticed an increased level of stress on families resulting in a higher number of suicides, drug overdoses and relapses in our community. Despite these challenges, our agency has found a way to remain fiscally responsible.

As the recently appointed executive director of Allen County Children Services, I have found the community very supportive of our mission to protect children by strengthening families. This important work cannot be done without the community’s partnership. I ask for your support of the Allen County Children Services five-year, 0.5 mil renewal levy.

Sarah Newland

Executive Director

Allen County Children Services


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