WHY WE EXIST
WHAT WE DO
HOW DO WE DO THIS
Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families.
OFCF's vision is for every child and family to thrive and succeed within healthy communities.
Established in 1993, OFCF is defined as the Governor's Children's Cabinet with the purpose of streamlining and coordinating government services for children and families. The OFCF Cabinet Council is comprised of the following Ohio Departments: Aging, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Health, Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Opportunities for Ohioians with Disabilities, Rehabilitation and Correction, Youth Services, and the Office of Budget and Management. Locally, the county commissioners establish the 88 county Family and Children First Councils (FCFC).
Family and Children First Councils are mandated to perform four core functions:
Engaging and Empowering Parents
Building Community Capacity
Coordinating Systems & Service
Family and Children First Council (FCFC) connects the dots to eliminate redundancy and bring resources together for planning, monitoring, and improving outcomes for families and children.
In short, FCFCs are the only entity that "connects the dots" for children and families who are in need of multiple services.
Ohio Family and Children First - Environmental Scan Final Report
Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) conducted an Environmental Scan with Measurement Resources, in 2023. Many Councils provided feedback, recommendations and resources to this work.
The intention of the scan was to ensure OFCF had a more robust picture of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that local FCFCs are facing in this current landscape, and to be in possession of data and feedback that could help shape the strategic planning of the future. The results from this Environmental Scan will support OFCF’s goal of ensuring Ohio has a comprehensive continuum of services and programs for children and families. Data will be used to identify the key issues, trends and opportunities that impact and influence local communities.
So what’s next? OFCF is partnering with The Case Western Reserve University, Center of Excellence (COE), to convene a statewide strategic planning committee in January 2024.
The final report can be found here: Environmental Scan 2023 | Ohio Family & Children First
Washington County Family and Children First Council mission is to promote coordination and collaboration among county and local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools and families in a manner which fosters wellness and self-sufficiency for families and increases child well-being.
The Vision of the Washington County Family & Children First Council is that all children and families thrive and succeed within healthy communities.
Established in 1995, the Washington County Commissioners voted to transition the Inter-System Cluster to a Family and Children First Council. Council consists of mandated members per Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 121.37, Parent Representatives, and Community Representatives. Council meets 10 times a year.
Council elects an executive committee who act on behalf of the governing board on an emergency basis and specific duties. Standing Committees were established under the Council Constitution and Bylaws and specialize in particular subject areas.
A Council Coordinator (Director) is hired to control and oversee all of Council operations, staff, programs, and initiatives. The Director develops and executes grants applications, communicate and maintain trust relationships with agencies, business, and partners. Ensure policies and guidelines are developed and communicated, oversee Council financial performance, and provide strategic advice to Council. Other staff is hired to maintain office duties and work on specific programs.
COUNCIL ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT
Kevin Ritter - President
James Booth - Vice President
President - Rachel Shipley
Vice-President - Amanda Bohlen
Treasurer - Brenda Riffe
Secretary - Dawn Rauch
Ohio Department of Youth Services*
Parent Representatives (3)*
Cindy Davis - Director
Jon Higgins - Financial Officer / Office Manager
Teresa Schilling - Office Assistant
Elaine Corbitt - FCF Service Coordinator
Megan Gilliam - FCF Service Coordinator
Andrea Nichols - Early Intervention Service Coordinator
Liz VanPelt - Early Intervention Service Coordinator
Jennifer Clatterbuck - Early Intervention Service Coordinator
Christina Coulter- Home Visiting Program Manager / Supervisor
LeAnn Welch - Home Visitor
Courtney Thompson - Home Visitor
Megan Tredway - Home Visitor
Tami Green - Home Visitor
Sybille Saxton - Home Visitor