Protective Services Hotline: 419-354-9669   JFS Office: 419-352-7566   Call Center: 1-844-640-OHIO

Important Notice: The statewide eligibility systems at the Job and Family Service agencies will be unavailable on August 23rd, 24th and 27th for system updates. Our agency in Wood County will be open, but we will be very limited in our ability to research information and will be unable to issue any public assistance benefits. We will still accept applications and will process them as soon as possible, but there could be a delay during this time. Please plan accordingly when making plans to call for interviews, or to request services and information from our agency. Thank you.


Civil Rights

Individuals eligible for, receiving services from, or benefiting from programs funded through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are protected by various laws, regulations, rules, and policies against unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, and national origin.

The ODJFS Bureau of Civil Rights provides technical assistance to county agencies on civil rights issues and ensures that all the functions, services, and programs administered by the agency are carried out in compliance with state and federal civil rights laws. This includes, but is not limited to, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA), and the civil rights laws of Ohio.

The bureau also monitors accessibility and oversees accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities. It also ensures that those with limited English proficiency are protected against discrimination based on national origin. For example, it can provide qualified interpreters, language cards or lines, oral translation, and/or written translation of documents.

To learn more, go to http://jfs.ohio.gov/civilrights/index.stm.