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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

The Voice of Ohio Resource Families

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) is a family oriented, non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1975. The motto “The Voice of Ohio Resource Families” emphasizes a focus on serving as both a voice and partner for Ohio families impacted by the child welfare system.  Read more



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 current programs center around the following 7 areas: Advocacy, Support Groups, Education, Post Services, Family Support, Building Connections and Fun Family Events.  Read more HERE. 

Supporting Ohio Families

OFCA serves and supports the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship, primary and respite families – what we here refer to as resource families – in Ohio.

Advocacy   *   Education   *   Support   *   Mentorship   *   Post Services   *   Fun Family Events

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OFCA Core Values

  • Children are served best in the midst of family connections.
  • Members of the whole team (primary families, families doing foster care, and the legal parent) are mutually responsible for the success of the outcome for the child.
  • The voice of families (primary, adoptive, foster, kinship, respite) must be included in policy developed for child welfare that effect families in any way.
  • Communication between all individuals must be intentional, filled with deep listening, continuous and responsible

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Ohio Child Welfare News

  • Ohio News Briefs 20 Sep 2017 04:55 Sunbury News Ohio National Guard helicopters and crews to leave for Hurricane Irma response effort COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two Ohio National Guard helicopters and their crews will be leaving today (Sept. 11) to stage for potential support to the Hurricane Irma response in …
  • The Hill: Fighting Ohio’s opioid crisis 15 Sep 2017 01:14 Record Herald In Ohio, at least 12 people die each day due to drug overdoses. If a terrorist attack happened daily in one of our cities or villages killing a dozen people, we would be up in arms. Sadly, losing 12 people each day in Ohio to drug overdoses has become our …
  • Foster families needed in midst of Ohio’s startling drug epidemic 14 Sep 2017 02:43 WKBN Related Coverage YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The drug crisis gets bigger every day, with parents dying and others going to jail. The children are the ones who also pay an enormous price. In Ohio, there are 15,000 children in foster care, as of August 5, …
  • Ohio couple bound, gagged and taped 4-year-olds to wall: Cops 12 Sep 2017 18:26 Ottawa Sun James Howell Jr. in court. (WLWT-TV) Report an error CINCINNATI — Police say an Ohio man and his girlfriend restrained, gagged and taped his 4-year-old twin boys to a wall. WLWT-TV reports James Howell Jr. and his girlfriend, Jamie Carver, have been …
  • Are courts keeping kids safe amid heroin crisis? 05 Sep 2017 10:16 www.wcpo.com COLERAIN TOWNSHIP – Bubble baths and princess dresses light up the crystal blue eyes of Katrina Sauerwein’s 4-year-old granddaughter. “She loves to play outside, ride her bike and sing,” Sauerwein said of the red-headed toddler. “She is so full of spunk …

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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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