About Ohio Family and Children First

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.Mission PyramidEngaging and Empowering Families Building Capacity Shared Accountability Coordinating Services

 

Established in 1993, Ohio Family and Children First (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 as illustrated in the triangle.  For more information about these core functions or responsibilities, click on the triangle.

Events

Click on the calendar to view OFCF related meetings, events, and key FCFC deadline dates.

 

FCFC SFY 19 Key Dates Document (8/18/18)

 

Contact for a County FCFC

Click the county map below to view the FCFC Chair and Coordinator/Director contact information, the FCFC Service Coordination Mechanism, and the FCFC Shared Plan.

FCFC County Map

Resources

 

RedTreehouse.org is a resource for Ohio's families, young adults, and professionals to promote the well-being of children, youth, and young adults ages 0-26.  The website connects users to relevant information, resources, support networks, and events in communities. Families, young adults, and professionals should join to learn about all the resources, information, and events readily available to them. Organizations should join to share information about their services and connect with others.  The Red Treehouse is a collaborative effort between Ohio Family and Children First and the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. 

To join, just click on the above logo and be connected to vibrant, growing community.


Information about other FCFC Related Resources
Information about OFCF Related Initiatives

Latest News

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE: Multi-System Youth Action Plan Committee

Ohio Family and Children First has been tasked by the most recent operating budget to submit a comprehensive multi-system youth action plan to the Ohio General Assembly no later than December 31, 2019 (budget language below for reference). A MSY Action Plan Committee has been formed to accomplish this important task. All meetings are open to the public.

MSY Action Plan Committee Schedule

Monday, September 30th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Twin Valley Behavioral Health, Northwing Conference Center A - 2200 W Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223

Wednesday, October 16th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Twin Valley Behavioral Health, Northwing Conference Center A - 2200 W Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223

Monday, October 28th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Rhodes Office Tower, 29th floor Rm 2925 - 30 E. Broad Street Columbus, OH 43215

Wednesday, November 13th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Twin Valley Behavioral Health, Northwing Conference Center A - 2200 W Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223

Monday, December 9th
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Twin Valley Behavioral Health, Northwing Conference Center A - 2200 W Broad St. Columbus, OH 43223

 

Wraparound Ohio Website Launch (April 2017)

With the support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), the Center for Innovated Practices (CIP) is excited to announce the official launch of the Wraparound Ohio website. 

The website is designed to support Wraparound and System of Care resources and knowledge dissemination.  On the new website you will find a calendar of upcoming trainings, webinars on a variety of topics, resource articles, Wraparound tools, annotated links ot related sites, youth, young adult and family resources, and a portal for technical assistance request.  In addition, CIP will be adding a fully functional registration page for all training and webinar events.

 

Family and Children First Councils Connect the Dots for Families 

Your county's 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.

The Mission of County FCFCs is to increase the access, capacity and effectiveness of services for the most vulnerable of our county's youth and their families whose needs extend beyond any one youth-serving program.

In short, FCFCs are the only entity that "connects the dots" for children and families who are in need of multiple servicesClick here to see how FCFCs Connect the Dots for Families (courtesy of Ohio Family and Children First Council Association).

Any family with a child or youth (age birth through 21 years) in need of a coordinated inter-disciplinary plan to address their unique needs is eligible for service coordination through FCFC.  Referrals typically come through provider agencies, but any family has the right to self-refer for service coordination. 

Contact your County FCFC for additional information by clicking on the interactive map of Ohio at the bottom of this page.

Contact for a County FCFC

Click the county map below to view the FCFC Chair and Coordinator/Director contact information, the FCFC Service Coordination Mechanism, and the FCFC Shared Plan.

FCFC County Map