Stay connected to what is happening at the state level in the development of laws and rules that have an impact on families that care for children affected by the child protective and juvenile justice system in Ohio. Ensure the family voice is included in all policy developed for the child protective and juvenile justice system and speak as a united voice for members in rule development, legislation and practice issues.
Through training and support, OFCA empowers Ohio resource and primary families to use their collective experiences, talents and time to help children and families who have come to the attention of child protective services or the juvenile justice system do the best job possible in caring for their children.
OFCA strengthens and supports the development of strong, successful resource (foster and kinship) and primary (adoptive and birth) families through education. Educational goals include but are not limited to improving the well-being of children, strengthen supports and connections between family members and children, discuss current and proposed changes in child protection policy and legislation, overview of tools and resources that stabilize and empower families and promoting an environment which acknowledges and positively enhances the reality that relationships, established during the period of time families are served by the child welfare system, have a lifelong impact with tremendous opportunities for personal growth, healing and strength.
Education and the need for support does not end once a child is in their permanent home. OFCA recognizes that families need ongoing support and services. OFCA provides guidance, answers and resources to support families and transitioning youth by advocating for ongoing post placement services for adoptive, kinship, primary parents and transitioning youth.
OFCA provides a warm line for resource families who are experiencing difficulties or desiring to share joys related to providing care for children that have been removed from their primary home by the child welfare system or who have been reunified with their primary parents. OFCA helps build, train and sustain Ohio peer-led family support groups, connects families to support groups in their area, connects support groups to other advocacy groups and provides referrals to local agencies or peer mentors for support
Having fun is a part of raising children. OFCA provides or informs Ohio families of fun family centered activities as well as outings geared towards providing parents with a much needed break.