OFCA in partnership with other child welfare leaders, (ODJFS, PCSAO, Ohio Children’s Alliance, and Casey Family Programs) hosted a set of five Regional Family First and Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Exploration and Design Forums.
Across Ohio, families and community partners showed up to share ideas, insights and opportunities to improve our systems for children and their families that are struggling. Their input will be used by the FFPSA leadership and sub work-groups to guide the implementation and design of FFPSA in Ohio. If you were able to attend, thank you for taking time from your day to participate in these very worthwhile events. If you were not able to attend, there will be other opportunities to lend your voice to the process. Stay tuned for more information.
We look forward to working together to achieve better outcomes for children and families.
The Foster Care Advisory Group was created as a result of the passage of (Section 751.10) Am. Sub. H.B. 49 of the 132nd General Assembly. The act created the group to advise and assist the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in identifying and implementing best practices to recruit, retain, and support foster caregivers.
The Advisory Group which included OFCA, current foster parents from Franklin, Fairfield and Cuyahoga County along with other child welfare leaders developed 21 recommendations in four different domains: recruiting and retaining foster caregivers, certification requirements, streamlining the certification process, and supporting foster caregivers. The recommendations represent group consensus on the foregoing topics.
“to improve how we recruit, retain, and support foster caregivers”
Without permanency, children often experience doubt, uncertainty, and hesitancy about where they belong and who is going to care for them. Stable reunification or placement with a permanent family permits the child welfare system to close a child’s case and allows the family to raise the child as a member of the family and make important decisions without governmental involvement.