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Ohio Family Care Association serves and strengthens families caring for Ohio’s most vulnerable children


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. 

42nd Annual Resource Family Conference June 8-9, 2018


Registration is Open!  

Join OFCA for another fun-filled, interactive training conference!

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 strengthens and supports the development of strong, successful resource and primary families through education.  Educational goals include practices that improve the well-being of children, stabilizing families, understanding the impact of trauma, implementing tools and resources that empower families to build on their natural strengths and supporting connections between all parties
  • OFCA advocacy goals include the discussion of current and proposed changes in child protection policy and legislation , staying connected to what is happening at the state level in the development of laws and rules, and ensuring the family voice is included in all policy developed for the child protective and juvenile justice system.
  • OFCA helps build, train and sustain Ohio peer-led family support groups. and empowers Ohio resource and primary families to use their collective experiences, talents and time to help children and families who have come to the attention of child protective services or the juvenile justice system do the best job possible in caring for their children.

OFCA Program  

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.  

With the success of the pilot program in 2017, Succeed primary parent support groups have continued to grow and expand across Ohio.  

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 


OFCA Committees, Councils & Other Statewide Committees

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

And more… 

          Click HERE for the full list of Committees

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 

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.

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We need your help

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 and make important decisions without governmental involvement..