Social Worker

School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals who provide services to students related to social, emotional, or behavioral concerns. School Social Workers can be a link between the school, home, and community by providing both direct and indirect services to students, families, and school staff. Please feel free to contact Jill Maiorca, our School Social Worker, at 440-988-8670 or drop by her office in Powers Elementary School.

Possible Roles of a School Social Worker

  • Provide supportive services to students individually or in a group to reduce stress, build skills, and improve educational success
  • Connect students or families with community mental health services
  • Link students or families with community resources for basic needs (food, clothing, housing, etc.)
  • Participate in school team meetings
  • Provide staff support and consultation regarding student mental health concerns, behavior issues, school violence, substance use, or other issues.
  • Crisis intervention


Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids provides education and support to families with concerns about their child when the child is younger than 13 years of age and lives in Cuyahoga or Lorain County.

Connecting for Kids serves ALL FAMILIES including children with and without a formal diagnosis.

SAVE THE DATE - Connecting For Kids 6th Annual Resource Fair - March 12, 2020!

Healthy Mind - Lorain County Board of Mental Health

In 1967, state lawmakers passed legislation creating Community Mental Health Boards. The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County.

A citizen's board of 18 community members decides the services to be provided and funded based upon state requirements and community needs. It also monitors and evaluates delivery of those services. Private, not-for-profit, including independent community agencies are contracted by LCBMH to provide an array of mental health services, including counseling, peer support, community support programs, prevention, consultation, crisis intervention, housing development and management, and vocational employment support.

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Kinship Care - Lorain County Office On Aging



Kinship placements with both relatives and non-relatives is on the rise and this program is designed to provide the following services to support the placements and families:

Kinship Legal Assistance provides funding to cover costs associated with custody and guardianship.  Funding is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Clients of all ages are served.
Our Food Pantry is available specifically for kinship families. Please call for more detailed information.
Case Management services are provided to kinship caregivers to assist in addressing their unique needs.
Kinship Caregiver Support Groups are offered throughout the year to assist the caregiver in adjusting to their new role and navigating multiple systems, including the school system.

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Jill Maiorca is the School Social Worker in the Amherst Exempted Village School District. Jill has worked the last eight years as a school social worker in Geauga County. She has professional experience working in Children Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Community Mental Health Agencies. Jill loves problem-solving ways to help people of all ages improve and grow. Jill is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and an Ohio Department of Education School Social Worker. Jill obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from The College of Wooster and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.