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    Adoptive families joined the OFCA movement in the 1980’s. We provide adoption information on our website with current issues, resources available, and...
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    Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused, neglected dependent and unruly children/youth who need a safe place to live when their...
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    Respite care is temporary relief care designed for families of children connected to the child welfare system or primary families...
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    Family reunification in child welfare refers to the process of returning children in temporary out-of-home care to their primary families....
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    Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to...
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Ohio Family Care Association serves and strengthens families caring for Ohio’s most vulnerable children
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Please join OFCA during the month of April in recognizing the importance of families, caregivers, and communities collaborating to prevent child maltreatment.  This year, National Child Abuse Prevention Month focuses on the theme “Building Community, Building Hope.” A key part of OFCA’s mission is to foster and support physical, emotional, and social well-being of children and families. During April we will share information and resources on abuse prevention and response strategies, resources, and educational opportunities. Of special interest to our OFCA community is the Tipsheet for Parents and Families

Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website  to learn more about how we can work together to build hope for children and families.   

 

“Succeed” Primary Parent Program

March 2017 OFCA launched a unique program to establish primary parent  groups facilitated by peer parents who connect as advocates and mentors with parents who have current open child welfare cases, offering help in a way that is affirming, fear-reducing and solution-focused to work toward successful permanent options for their children

OFCA Core Values

  • Children are served best in the midst of family connections.
  • Communication between all individuals must be intentional, filled with deep listening, continuous and responsible.
  • The voice of families (primary, adoptive, foster, kinship, respite) must be included in policy developed for child welfare that effect families in any way.

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"The Voice of Ohio Resource families"

Save the Date! OFCA's 41st Resource Family Conference

 

 

Story About Us

Who are we?

The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) serves as the statewide voice for the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship, primary and respite families – what we here refer to as resource families – in Ohio.

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Ohio Child Welfare News

  • Former Dayton pastor found guilty of murder charges 21 Apr 2017 00:07 WDTN.com DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The former pastor on trial for the death of his 2-year-old foster son has been found guilty. Closing arguments begin Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of a former Dayton Pastor accused of killing his foster child. Torace Weaver, …
  • Closing arguments begin in murder trial of Dayton pastor 20 Apr 2017 17:25 WDTN.com DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Closing arguments begin Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of a former Dayton Pastor accused of killing his foster child. Torace Weaver, 38, is accused of killing his 2-year-old foster child Stanley Thomas in November 2015. The …
  • Bright Beginnings Preschool classrooms located in Guernsey, Noble, Monroe and Washington counties 20 Apr 2017 15:17 Daily Jeffersonian Published: April 20, 2017 11:00 AM The Ohio Valley Educational Service Center has Bright Beginnings Preschool classrooms located in multiple school districts in Guernsey, Noble, Monroe and Washington counties. Children ages 3-5 attend one, two, three or …
  • Fighting Child Poverty With a Universal Child Allowance 19 Apr 2017 09:47 The American Prospect Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor A visit to the food pantry This article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Lately there has been growing interest in a simple and effective policy …
  • Unexpected grandmother among ‘Rise Up’ recipients 19 Apr 2017 05:55 Tribune Chronicle Michael Bingham, 4, right, is eager to see what is in the gift bag presented to his paternal grandmother Cynthia Bingham, left, while being held by his paternal aunt Courtney Bingham, center, during the Trumbull County Children Services "Rising Up …

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Without permanency, children often experience doubt, uncertainty, and hesitancy about where they belong and who is going to care for them. 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 until adulthood and to make important decisions without governmental involvement..

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