OCF Impact

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of Ohio's children by providing opportunities for fathers to become better parents, partners and providers. Since August 2014, current OCF-funded programs have served more than 4,500 fathers, potentially benefiting more than 9,000 children. When reading the success stories below it is evident that OCF programs are making a difference in the lives of Ohio families.

Success Stories

Talbert House / Hamilton County
Lawrence had always done his best to be an outstanding father. Before the birth of his three children – 4-year-old Ava, 3-year-old Hanna and 1-year-old Jozie – he had a steady employment history, including work as a manager at a local pizza restaurant. The birth of his children changed him dramatically. Two of his children have disabilities. Hanna has multiple medical diagnoses, including cerebral palsy. Ava also has multiple diagnoses, including Turner syndrome. By 2012, Lawrence was his children's primary caregiver; though he did not have legal custody of them and readily admits he was ill-equipped to be a good father. To read more about Lawrence's story click here>>>

WSOS Community Action / Sandusky County
Randy came to WSOS seeking help. He and his wife were homeless. They had recently been told to leave the tent they had been sleeping in, which was located in the backyard of Randy’s stepmother. They had spent the last two nights on a park bench. The year before, they had lost custody of their children because of a lack of stable housing, a lack of stable employment, and domestic issues related to a prior domestic menacing charge. To read more about Randy's story click here>>>

ForeverDads / Muskingum County
Jack knew about the Forever Dads Center for Fathers & Families through his mother and great-grandmother, who both volunteer for the InsideOut DAD program at Noble Correctional Institution. When his friend Ryan found out he was going to be a father, Jack knew where to turn for help. He introduced Ryan to the center’s Boot Camp for New Dads program. To read more about Ryan's story click here>>>

 

Upcoming Events

The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. 

(ODJFS) OCF Commission Meeting 
Date: November 10, 2022 at 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: Vern Riffe Building (Riffe)
77 S. High St. 19th Floor, Conference Room 1948
Columbus, OH  43215

The meeting will be IN-PERSON. Please allow time to find parking and going through the security checks at the Vern Riffe Building. Please bring your photo Identification.


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. 

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