The Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA) began n 1974 when a group of foster parents started a grassroots effort to improve Ohio’s child protection system. Today OFCA is the only statewide agency in Ohio that looks at the kaleidoscope of child protection and juvenile justice through the lenses of foster, adoptive, kinship, primary and respite families caring for children and youth touched by Ohio’s child protection system.
Families raising children in care have for too long been disparate and separated; this has created a critical mass of caring people who have felt locked out by some common themes. The themes may have been race, lack of access to education, lack of access as decision makers or lack of access to capital.
OFCA uniquely understands the dynamics of each family structure and works to overcome these barriers by working directly with families, the community and key stakeholders in child welfare policy and legislation to create concrete, measurable, and sustainable public goals that demonstrates how good partnerships with families have a long lasting positive impact in the lives of children.