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OFCF Family Engagement Steering Committee

In 2008, OFCF Cabinet Council prioritized family engagement to determine effective methods for strengthening family engagement in Ohio.  OFCF conducted interviews and focus groups with parents, parent associations, state leaders, and other key stakeholders across the state to assess current family engagement efforts. In addition, OFCF conducted an inventory of each OFCF Cabinet agency to reveal the level of investment in family engagement. Both the research and the inventory revealed that Ohio is "rich" in resources to support families, but "poor" in the coordination of such resources; and thus duplication and gaps exist.

In 2009, the OFCF Cabinet Council created a cross-system Family Engagement Steering Committee consisting of parents, parent advocates, parent associations and organizations, key external stakeholders, and state representatives. The OFCF Family Engagement Steering Committee was charged with aligning, coordinating, and consolidating parent/family engagement resources, policies, services, and efforts among OFCF Cabinet agencies.  

The Steering Committee concluded with the development of a White Paper and the Red Treehouse website. 

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Family Engagement White Paper

The OFCF Family Engagement Steering Committee concluded in September 2012 by producing the following White Paper with state policy and funding recommendations for increasing families' awareness of resources, enhancing family advocacy, and strengthening parent/professional partnerships in Ohio; as well as by launching the Red Treehouse website (see below for more information). 

Red Treehouse


Discover Answers.  Make Connections.  Find Hope.

Check out Ohio's new website for families, young adults, and professionals to explore resources, events, and supports!  RedTreehouse.org is the result of collaboration between Ohio Family and Children First, our Family Engagement Steering Committee, and the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.  RedTreehouse.org is designed to be a welcoming and vibrant online community of resources for Ohio's families and professionals to help children and young adults (prenatal through age 25) to meet daily needs, overcome challenges, and develop their fullest potential. 

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