When children must be removed from their home the first goal is to ensure their safety. The second is to help the family reunify.
Working collaboratively with parents and engaging all parties in the process helps ensure families receive the support and services they need for the families stability and their child’s safe return.
The Ohio Primary Parent Advisory Council (OPPAC)
OPPAC is a coalition of primary parents from across Ohio seeking to establish a statewide body of parents engaged in education and advocacy for family centered and family directed policies and practices in child protective services work as well as regional systems of support for families involved in the child welfare system through support groups and individual parent mentors.
Ohio primary families are any families who have a current or previous open case or child removal in the child welfare system. These families include parents who have been the subject of abuse, neglect or dependency allegations.
Ohio Family Care Association is committed to hearing from primary families to inform OFCA’s work on behalf of the resource families of Ohio and to supporting primary families in their efforts to organize a self-directed advisory council to plan and implement self-determined initiatives and inclusion in policy and decision making forums around the state.
For more information, download this document: Ohio Primary Parent Advisory Council