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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 home the first goal is to ensure their safety.  The second is 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 

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

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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