Highland County Job and Family Services administers state, federal and local programs designed to help those in need and help families work toward self-sufficiency. Today, the approximately 50 employees that work for the agency serve thousands of Highland County residents.

The department is a triple-combined public human service agencies– providing public assistance, children’s services, and child support programs to the community.

Among the department’s many duties: local child protection, adult protection, child care, child support enforcement, cash assistance, food assistance and medical assistance.

Since 2016, HCJFS has been led by Agency Director Katie Adams. HCJFS is one of the largest departments within Highland County government and reports to the Board of Highland County Commissioners.


Through a spirit of community cooperation the mission of Highland County Job and Family Services is to offer resources and programs to assist and encourage the people of Highland County to become self-sufficient individuals and promote safe, stable, healthy families.

Our Leadership

Director: Katie Adams

Adams became the agency’s director on July 1, 2016. She joined the leadership team in 2015 as assistant director in charge of Child Protection. Adams began her career at Clinton County JFS in 2000 as a Children’s Services worker. She took a 5 year hiatus from Child protection and successfully operated her own small business before returning to Child Protection in 2012 at Highland County JFS. Adams worked for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as a Foster Care Licensing Specialist from 2013 to November 2015, just prior to being named the Assistant Director at Highland County JFS.

Adams oversees the daily operation of a triple-combined human service agency including; Public Assistance (Ohio Works First Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid), Child Support Enforcement (Establishment, Enforcement, Collection, Review and Adjustment), and Children Services (Protection from abuse and neglect for children and seniors). Additionally, the director oversees fiscal operations, contracting, contract monitoring, and budgeting.

Assistant Director: Karen Sauers

Sauers is responsible for the supervision of the Children’s Services Supervisors. Oversees children protective services, licensed foster and adoption homes, publicly funded daycare, and adult protective services.

Income Maintenance Administrator: Darlene Ford

Darlene Ford oversees the administration of the Public Assistance Programs (Ohio Works First Cash Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid).

Child Support Administrator: Kim Case

Kim Case oversees the administration of the Child Support Program.

Child Protection Administrator: Larry McGuire

Larry McGuire oversees the administration of Child Protection, Adult Protection, Child Care and NET Transportation.