The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) serves as the statewide voice for the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship, primary and respite families caring for children impacted by Ohio’s child protection system. Our mission centers on connecting, empowering and serving families in 7 service areas: Advocacy, Community Awareness, Education, Post Services, Family Support, Building Connections and Fun Family Events. . Read more HERE.
OFCA’s mission centers on connecting, empowering and serving families in 7 service areas: Advocacy, Community Awareness, Education, Post Services, Family Support, Building Connections and Fun Family Events. Click HERE for full list of service area.
OFCA designed the Succeed Primary Parent Support groups as a way for primary parents who have been successful in working with their Children Services agency to lead support groups for other primary parents who are currently going through a case plan. The mission of Succeed is to provide hope, support and empowerment to primary parents, to strengthen them to become effective, caring parents for their children.
The picture above captures the 2018 Succeed Primary Parent Support group Facilitator Conference! Primary Parents and caseworkers from Mahoning, Montgomery, Summit, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Richland and Stark County training together to make a positive difference in the lives of Ohio Families ❤
Adoption Advisory Council – Chair: Dot Erickson-Anderson
Foster Care Advisory Council – Chair: Dot Erickson-Anderson
Succeed Steering Committee – Chair: Jim Miller
OFCA Conference Committee – Chair: Georgetta Lake
Click HERE for the full list of Committees
When you join OFCA, you become a part of a network that makes a difference for families with children involved with Ohio’s child welfare system.
Advocacy * Education * Support * Mentorship * Post Services * Fun Family Events
Family-centered practice is a way of working with families, both formally and informally, across service systems to enhance their capacity to care for and protect their children. It focuses on children’s safety and needs within the context of their families and communities and builds on families’ strengths to achieve optimal outcomes. Families are defined broadly to include primary, blended, kinship, and foster and adoptive families.
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..