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    OFCA included adoptive families in the OFCA movement in the 1980’s. This was due to adoptive families voicing their feeling...
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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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    When children must be removed from their families to ensure their safety, the first goal is to reunite them with...
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Ohio Family Care Association serves and strengthens families caring for Ohio’s most vulnerable children

The Voice of Ohio Resource Families

There is no greater feeling, no greater satisfaction, than knowing you are making a difference 

How did OFCA begin? 

In 1974 a group of foster parents started a grassroots effort to improve Ohio’s child protection system. Quickly realizing that to impact change families must have a “voice”, OFCA incorporated as a nonprofit agency in 1975 and began addressing policies and legislation affecting families.  As foster parents around the state joined, OFCA held its first resource family conference in 1976.  Understanding that children in out of home care have multiple caregivers, OFCA began educating, advocating and giving a voice to not only foster but also adoptive, kinship, respite and primary (birth) families touched by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  Read more

OUR WORK

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 work revolves around 7 service areas: Advocacy, Support Groups, Education, Post Services, Family Support, Building Connections and Fun Family Events.  Read more HERE. 

Supporting Ohio Families

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

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Family-centered, child-oriented principles guide the work of OFCA 

  • Children belong in families
  • Child-caring agencies need partnerships with resource families to achieve strong outcomes for the children and the families served
  • Cultural competence is paramount to successfully helping children and families
  • Family care is best for the safety, stability, permanence and well-being of children

Reliance on institutional and group care must be reduced in Ohio with corresponding resources shifted to kinship care, foster care, adoption and family-centered services.

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Ohio Child Welfare News

  • Interested in fostering? Children Services hosting informational event 20 Oct 2017 03:17 WKBN AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If you’re interested in learning more about fostering a child, Mahoning County Children Services is holding an informational event next weekend. It will be held at the Austintown Library on S. Raccoon Road on Saturday, October 28 …
  • Gorant’s to Match Donated Candy Through Saturday 17 Oct 2017 20:56 Business Journal BOARDMAN, Ohio – From now until Sweetest Day, customers of Gorant Chocolatier can purchase a candy bar to be given to the foster children of Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, or NOAS, and Gorant’s will match every donation. Customer names are then posted …
  • DJ 'Deej' Savarese pursues freedom as an non-speaking autistic man in new documentary 17 Oct 2017 11:30 The Frederick News-Post “My senses always fall in love: they spin, swoon; they lose themselves in one another’s arms.” These lines of DJ Savarese’s poem ”Swoon” are heard at the beginning of ”Deej,” a documentary directed by Robert Rooy that was screened at Hood College last …
  • Using Technology to Aid the Opioid Crisis' Innocent Victims 16 Oct 2017 13:32 Nextgov Mark Forman, former U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget, is global head of Public Sector at Unisys. Denise Winkler, a senior engagement manager at Unisys, has served as an administrator and …
  • Voices for Children advocates for those in Lorain County Domestic Relations Court 11 Oct 2017 23:26 Morning Journal Voices for Children has been easing the process of families making their way through Lorain County Domestic Relations Court for 27 years. According to Director Tim Green, the program was started in 1990 as part of the nationwide Court Appointed Special …

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Join Families Who Advocate for Fairness and Consistency in Child Welfare

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 until adulthood and to make important decisions without governmental involvement..

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