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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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    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

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

Formed in 1975 by a group of foster parents, Ohio Family Care Association focused on educating foster parents about the important role they could play in improving services to children by speaking with one voice.  Issues that capture our attention at that time included:

  • Training for foster families
  • The establishment of annual reviews and court involvement
  • Redefining permanent custody
  • Allowing insurance for foster parents
  • Subsidized adoptions  Read more

OUR WORK

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 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, respite care, post adoption services and other family-centered supports. 

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Ohio Child Welfare News

  • Children receive gifts from deputies 10 Dec 2017 14:19 4-traders Dec. 10--ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP -- Changing the relationship between children and law enforcement was one of the many positive results to the "Shop with the Sheriff and Deputies" program held on Saturday morning at Walmart, according to several …
  • Her Christmas stockings show kids they're loved 10 Dec 2017 10:01 www.wcpo.com UNION TOWNSHIP (CLERMONT COUNTY), Ohio -- Melanie Meece has been sewing the seeds of compassion for more than a decade. Her compassion takes the shape of a Christmas stocking. Lots of them. Children's Protective Services of Clermont County tries to …
  • Christmas Toy Cottage bracing for high demand 06 Dec 2017 19:44 WDTN.com   DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This holiday season, some generous “elves” are setting up Santa’s workshop in downtown Dayton. For Love of Children (FLOC) is once again opening its Christmas Toy Cottage to give out holiday gifts for children in need in the Miami …
  • Data mining program designed to predict child abuse proves unreliable, DCFS says 06 Dec 2017 14:09 Chicago Tribune The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is ending a high-profile program that used computer data mining to identify children at risk for serious injury or death after the agency's top official called the technology unreliable. "We …
  • We need to care for the kids of addicts 04 Dec 2017 12:07 www.wcpo.com Tami Silverman is the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute. She may be reached at iyi@iyi.org or on Twitter at @Tami_IYI.  This article is part of the WCPO.com project Heroin: How Do We Respond? The news offers daily reminders of the complex …

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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. 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..

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