There is no greater feeling, no greater satisfaction, than knowing you are making a difference
OFCA has supported Ohio’s resource families since 1975. In 1974 a group of foster parents started a grassroots effort to improve Ohio’s child protection system. Quickly realizing that, in order to impact change, families must have a “voice” OFCA incorporated as a nonprofit agency in 1975 and began advocating for policies and legislation to better serve 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 included adoptive families in the 1980’s and kinship and respite families in the 1990’s. In 2014 primary(birth) families were included in the families we support. Today OFCA is one of the only statewide agencies in the United States that looks at the kaleidoscope of child protection and juvenile justice through the lenses of all resource and primary family groups. and serves all family types under one umbrella. Read more
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.
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
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.
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..