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The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) is the statewide organization that serves as the voice for Ohio’s adoptive, foster, kinship, primary, & respite families. Formed in 1975 by a group of foster parents, Ohio Foster Care Association, as it was initially known, focused on educating foster parents about the important role they could play in improving services to children by speaking with one voice. Issues that capture their attention at that time included:
In the 1970’s
Early Successes were achieved through our collaboration with other groups in
In the 1980’s, the foster parent organization grew to include adoptive families. OFCA changed its name to the Ohio Family Care Association to reflect the inclusiveness of all families related to children in out of home care. During this period, OFCA focused on:
1990’s to Present
In the 1990’s, the organization was further expanded to include kinship and respite families. In 2010, OFCA added a birth/primary family representative to the Board to help ensure that the Board looked at issues from all perspectives. OFCA incorporated primary families into their mission in 2014.
In 1996, part-time staff was hired to focus on developing a family leadership program and organization capacity building. It currently operates with one full-time staff member, a full representative Board, and volunteer committee members.
OFCA’s Guiding Principles
Family-centered, child-oriented principles guide the work of OFCA.
OFCA’s Core Activities include:
Who OFCA Serves
OFCA’s Primary service group is Ohio resource families (foster, kinship, respite), primary families (adoptive, birth), child-caring agency personnel within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.