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    Adoptive families joined the OFCA movement in the 1980’s. We provide adoption information on our website with current issues, resources available, and opportunities for mutual support. OFCA is concerned about the services available...
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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 parents or another relative cannot take care of them.  Often 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 who face serious problems and stress as a result of balancing the...
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    Family reunification in child welfare refers to the process of returning children in temporary out-of-home care to their primary families.  Reunification is both the most common goal for children in out-of-home...
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    Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or, in some jurisdictions, close family friends (often referred to as fictive kin). Relatives and adults already known by the children...
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OFCA exists to help Ohio resource and primary families provide safe, supportive, loving homes for children impacted by Ohio’s child welfare system.
What’s New
  • “Succeed” Primary Parent Program

    March 2017 OFCA launched a unique program to establish primary parent  groups facilitated by peer parents who connect as advocates and mentors with parents who have current open child welfare cases, offering help in a way that is affirming, fear-reducing and solution-focused to work toward successful permanent options for their children

OFCA Core Values

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

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"The Voice of Ohio Resource families"

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Story About Us

Who are we?

The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) serves as the statewide voice for the thousands of adoptive, foster, kinship, primary and respite families – what we here refer to as resource families – in Ohio.

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Ohio Child Welfare News

  • Rx to better help children harmed by opioid scourge 24 Mar 2017 08:19 www.vindy.com Published: Fri, March 24, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m. Good news and bad news flowed directly out of Columbus this week about the war on opiate abuse and its destructive and anguishing impact on children and families. The good news is that Ohio Attorney General Mike …
  • Girl in Facebook Live hanging was prescribed drug with suicide warning 23 Mar 2017 21:16 Miami Herald When a Miami psychologist examined Naika Venant in June 2015, she found a “depressed, angry and fearful young girl” who thought often about death and dying. “She expects people to abandon and betray her,” the psychologist wrote. Terilee Wunderman …
  • Pilot program helps families harmed by parental opioid abuse 23 Mar 2017 07:32 Norwalk Reflector Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) is an intervention program that will provide specialized victim services, such as intensive trauma counseling, to children who have suffered victimization due to parental drug use. The program will …
  • Ohio to help kids hurt by parents' heroin use 22 Mar 2017 22:04 www.wcpo.com COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fifty percent of Ohio children placed in foster care in 2015 were victims of abuse and neglect because of parental drug use, according to children’s advocates.  With a need so great, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he is launching …
  • DeWine announces pilot program for parental opioid abuse 22 Mar 2017 19:09 WDTN.com COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) –  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the creation of a new pilot program that will serve families harmed by parental opioid abuse in more than a dozen southern Ohio counties Wednesday. DeWine says Ohio START (Sobriety, …

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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. 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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