The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is housed within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Our mission is to enhance the well-being of Ohio's children by providing opportunities for fathers to become better parents, partners and providers. Please explore our website to learn more about how we do this.
Intro June is Responsible Fatherhood Month Video
Family-Friendly Events in June 2022
Every year in June, in recognition of the importance of involved, committed, and supportive fathers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services/Ohio Commission on Fatherhood offers mini grants to organizations interested in hosting community father/child events.
To find events near you, visit https://fatherhood.ohio.gov/Special-Programs/Responsible-Fatherhood-Month or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Formulario de inscripción
The original artwork and application can be mailed to Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
in-person or via mail at:
Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
P.O. Box 91831
Cleveland, OH 44101-3831
Or Hand Delivered to:
Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
4600 Carnegie Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103-4371
The enclosed Family Assistance Letter #198 provides information about an exciting opportunity offered by the OhioJFS-Office of Family Assistance, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF). Interested counties should email OCF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected counties will convene a Leadership Team for the Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative. This team will complete a Needs Assessment of all services offered in the county. The Leadership Team and the community will be trained and coached by experienced Fatherhood Practitioners from across Ohio. After the Leadership Team develops an Action Plan, OCF will provide a one-time $10,000.00 seed money payment to help the county continue its efforts towards Responsible Fatherhood programming.
OCF Executive Director Dent assists Ms. Theresa Thomas, with the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, as they handed out basketballs, shirts and hoodies to kiddos and their dads at the Karamu House in Cleveland. The event was implemented as part of the Pre NBA All-Star Game events. Each of the three-day events focused on the importance of dads reading to their children.
We are pleased to share with you our state fiscal year (SFY) 2021 OCF Annual Report. Our nine grantees used a
Web-based case management system called “Efforts to Outcomes.” This allowed them to enter the data directly and immediately, increasing transparency, accountability and making it easier to analyze results.
OCF SFY2021 Annual Report
Please view the report here.
The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides every Ohio child from birth-5 years old with a free book each month. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we are starting a new chapter in early childhood literacy across Ohio.
New Funding Opportunity - June Responsible Fatherhood Month 2022
In recognition of the importance of involved, committed and supportive fathers, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood has released a new funding opportunity. The commission will award up to 15 mini-grants to nonprofit organizations and/or government entities that host father-child events in June. Organizations chosen will be reimbursed up to $4,000 for eligible expenses incurred in June 2022. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, 2/24/2022.
Please click here to apply.
The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a virtual Zoom Webinar. The audience is encouraged to utilize the chat Q&A to interact with the Commissioners, guest speaker(s), and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) staff.
Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81763981193?pwd=TmhYMEY1eFgxWTNEZTZIbnBPRFlsdz09
Webinar ID: 817 6398 1193
The phone # +1 301 715 8592
Please click here to join the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022 Commissioners’ Meeting.
If you would like to listen to the recordings or see presentations from the previous Commission Meetings, please click here.
Please Note: We are unable to provide technical assistance during meetings.
2022 Commission Meeting Dates: Feb. 10, May 12, July 14, Sept. 8 and Nov. 10.
If you would like to attend a commission meeting or if you have any questions, please contact Terri Simons via e-mail at Terri.Simons@jfs.ohio.gov.
If you need to speak to someone over the phone, please contact Executive Director Kimberly Dent at 614-752-0583.
Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, June 2019
Supporting the Fatherhood Journey: Finding from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) Impact Report
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
AdCouncil Fatherhood PSAs
Region V Fatherhood Webinars
National Fatherhood Initiative
National Center for Fathering
Kids Count Data
Fatherhood Well-Being Screening Tool
Grant Writing Webinar (Power Point Slides)
Infant Vitality Toolkit for Fathers
Ohio County Services
Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)
Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition
Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Strong Babies
Start Talking Ohio
Relink.org - Anonymously find available resources for addiction recovery, human trafficking, and incarceration reentry services in your local area
"Family Children First" - Find Your County FCFC (ohio.gov)
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