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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 

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

  • Kids given 'comfort' through Wooster ministry's project 19 Nov 2017 15:56 CantonRep.com Charita Goshay CantonRep.com staff writer @cgoshayREP Making sure that children are safe and stable is the central mission of the Christian Children's Home of Ohio. Founded in 1969, the faith-based agency in Wooster offers residential and therapeutic …
  • Especially with the holidays approaching, now is the time to think about adoption 17 Nov 2017 19:42 WKBN YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – November is National Adoption Month, and currently there are more than 4,000 children in Ohio waiting for a “forever family.” Erica Whittaker planned to adopt a younger child until her family fell in love with two boys who are …
  • Montgomery County families celebrate National Adoption Day 17 Nov 2017 19:18 WDTN.com   DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday was a life-changing day for more than a dozen Miami Valley children. For National Adoption Day, Montgomery County took part in a nationwide effort to raise awareness for children in the foster care system. The courthouse …
  • Clermont Co. wants these teens to be adopted 17 Nov 2017 13:26 www.wcpo.com This month, children's services organizations across the country are working to place foster children in permanent homes before the holidays. For National Adoption Awareness Month, Clermont County is holding its own campaign, called "Teens Need …
  • DeWine gives campaign talk in Wilmington 15 Nov 2017 22:46 Record Herald WILMINGTON — At a campaign stop here Wednesday morning, remarks from Ohio gubernatorial candidate Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville) focused on the drug problem and on educating for the New Economy. At the Kava Haus in Wilmington, DeWine was joined by his wife …

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

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