The Ohio Family Care Association serves and strengthens families caring for Ohio’s most vulnerable children
Families with children who have been in the custody of child welfare or juvenile justice systems too often feel disconnected from each other and from the agencies with which they are affiliated. These disconnects can result in caring people who feel may alone as they negotiate challenges to successful care-giving. OFCA serves both as a voice for and as a partner to these Ohio families.
Caregivers share common concerns and needs, including: the health and well-being of the children in their care; financial constraints; normalcy of family functioning; access to educational services; understanding of administrative and legal processes; and peer support.
To address these needs, OFCA brings together Ohio resource families (adoptive, foster, kinship, and respite), birth or primary families, child-caring agency personnel, and interested others to promote the best interests of children, youth, and families who have been touched by Ohio’s child welfare and other child-serving systems. OFCA uniquely understands the dynamics specific to each family structure and believes that inclusion of the family voice in decision-making leads to long-lasting positive impacts in the lives of children.
OFCA’s vision is success for every Ohio family raising children affected by child protection systems. To this end, OFCA works directly with families, the community, and key child welfare policy and legislative stakeholders in creating and advocating for effective and sustainable policies, practices, and resources – especially those that embrace effective partnerships with families.
Family-centered, child-oriented principles guide the work of OFCA
Reliance on institutional and group care must be reduced in Ohio with corresponding resources shifted to kinship care, foster care, adoption and family-centered services.