While the crisis of father absence is national, solutions must be found and implemented at the local level, one community at a time. Moreover, in this time of budget shortfalls and rising needs, local leaders must build collaborations and coordinate services. With this in mind, in 2011 the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood launched the first ever Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative. To date, the following counties have participated in the project:
What did counties receive?
Who provided the training?
- Training on how to conduct a Needs and Assets Assessment in their communities
- Planning for a Leadership Summit on Fatherhood
- Assistance on how to implement a Community Action Plan on Fatherhood
- Guidance in how to identify and apply for sustaining funding for your County Fatherhood Initiative
- $10,000 seed grant to begin or continue fatherhood programs in their county
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood staff, fatherhood practitioners and leaders from other counties who have completed the training.
How long did the training occur?
Training took place over six months and consisted of webinars, workshops and technical assistance.
How much did the training cost?
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood provided the training at no cost to the counties. In fact, counties participating in the initiative received a one-time $10,000 seed grant to begin or continue fatherhood programs in their county. The funds are dispersed to a participating organization or county agency at the end of the training.
Who participated in the training?
Each county identified their County Leadership Team who agreed to take part in the training and consisted of:
1. County Commissioner or State Representative
2. Family or Domestic Relations Judge
3. Director of Child Support
4. Director of Child Welfare
5. Leader of a local faith-based entity or business
6. Community Father
By working together, counties can promote responsible fatherhood and create long term solutions to the father absence crisis, one family at a time. Our hope is that eventually leaders from all 88 Ohio counties will participate in this training and launch successful County Fatherhood Initiatives in every county in the state.
To apply to participate in a future training go to: http://www.fatherhood.ohio.gov/FundedPrograms2/CountyFatherhoodInitiativeParticipationForm.aspx