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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.


New OCF Annual Report - Friday, February 14, 2020

We are pleased to share with you our state fiscal year (SFY) 2019 annual report. Our seven grantees used a web-based case management system called "Efforts to Outcomes." This allowed them to enter data directly and immediately, increasing transparency, accountability and making it much easier to analyze results.  Click here to read the report

New Grants Available for Responsible Fatherhood Month - Friday, January 31, 2020

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) just released a new funding opportunity.  In recognition of the importance of involved, committed and supportive fathers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) will award up to twenty (20) mini-grants to not-for-profit organizations and/or government entities to provide father-child events during the month of June. Funding is available up to $3,500.00. Funds for the events will be made available on a reimbursement basis. All expenditures must be made during the month of June 2020. Here is a link to the grant application which is due by 3:00PM on March 2, 2020:

Here is a link to the Q&A for this grant: 

RLB Grant Writing Trainer - Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) announces this Request for Letterhead Bid (RLB), from The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) seeking a vendor to provide specialized Fatherhood Grant Writing training to up to seventy-five (75) attendees on May 20, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.  To read and apply, please obtain the complete RLB and instructions on how to apply at:

NEW GRANTS AWARDED BY OCF - Friday, November 22, 2019

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood has awarded grants to two Ohio organizations across the state to help fathers in their areas become better parents, partners and providers.  Each will receive $150,000 over the next two fiscal years:  

  1. Starts Within Organization, Richland County
  2. Williams Challenge/Man2Man, Trumbull County

Click here to read the full news release.

SAVE THE DATE: Ohio Fatherhood Summit, May 20-21, 2020 - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mark your calendars and save the date for the next Ohio Fatherhood Summit.  It will take place in Columbus on May 20 & 21, 2020.  Click on the link to view the flyer.  More information will be provided via our e-newsletters as the date draws near.

Five Fatherhood Grants Awarded - Monday, July 22, 2019

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) has awarded grants to five Ohio organizations.  Each organization will receive $260,000 over the next two fiscal years:  

  1. Action for Children, Delaware, Franklin and Licking Counties
  2. Early Childhood Resource Center, Stark and Summit Counties
  3. ForeverDads, Morgan, Muskingum and Perry Counties
  4. Passages, Lorain and Portage Counties
  5. Talbert House, Butler, Hamilton and Warren Counties

Click on the link to read the ODJFS Press Release.

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Upcoming Events

2020 Commission Meeting Dates:  Feb.13, May 14, July 9, Sept. 10, and Nov. 12.  

All of the  commission meetings are from 10AM to noon in the Riffe Tower in downtown Columbus.  If you would like to attend a commission meeting, please contact Terri Simons at 614-752-0182.  Click the highlighted text to learn more about the commission meetings.

Free Curriculum Training:  March 31, April 1 and 2, 2020
OCF is offerring free training and curriculum for the first 25 to register for the Nurturing Fathers training.  See Eventbrite for more details