There’s no greater feeling, no greater satisfaction, than knowing you’re making a difference.
For those who are not familiar with OFCA, please let me tell you who OFCA is.
In 1974 a group of foster parents started a grassroots effort to improve Ohio’s child protection system. Quickly realizing that to impact change families must have a “voice”, OFCA incorporated as a nonprofit agency in 1975 and began addressing policies and legislation affecting 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 began educating, advocating and giving a voice to not only foster but also adoptive, kinship, respite and primary (birth) families touched by the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Issues that captured OFCA’s attention in the 1970’s:
Members achieved success by collaborating with other groups in:
During this period, the Ohio Foster Care Association focused on:
In June 1989, the organization changed its name to the Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) in order to incorporate all resource families.
1990’s to Present
In the 1990’s, the first part-time staff was hired to begin a program of family leadership development and organization capacity building.
Today, OFCA’s core activities include: