OFCA in partnership with other child welfare leaders, (ODJFS, PCSAO, Ohio Children’s Alliance, and Casey Family Programs) is hosting a set of five Regional Family First and Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Exploration and Design Forums for Ohio.
The new federal legislation brings many changes. We are looking to engage families and community partners for input, insights and opportunities to improve our systems for children and their families that are struggling. If you would like to attend one of the regional FFPSA Exploration and Design forums please register ASAP. Spaces are filling up fast!
Lunch will be provided; the meeting will be facilitated by experts from Casey Family Programs.
October 4, FFPSA Exploration and Design Forum – Central Ohio
October 5, FFPSA Exploration and Design Forum – Southwest Ohio
October 9, FFPSA Exploration and Design Forum – Northwest Ohio
October 10, FFPSA Exploration and Design Forum – Northeast Ohio
October 11, FFPSA Exploration and Design Forum – Southeast Ohio
The Foster Care Advisory Group was created as a result of the passage of (Section 751.10) Am. Sub. H.B. 49 of the 132nd General Assembly. The act created the group to advise and assist the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) in identifying and implementing best practices to recruit, retain, and support foster caregivers.
The Advisory Group which included OFCA, current foster parents from Franklin, Fairfield and Cuyahoga County along with other child welfare leaders developed 21 recommendations in four different domains: recruiting and retaining foster caregivers, certification requirements, streamlining the certification process, and supporting foster caregivers. The recommendations represent group consensus on the foregoing topics.
“to improve how we recruit, retain, and support foster caregivers”
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.