2020 State Fatherhood Summit

More than 400 fatherhood and family-service practitioners, county and state agency staff, and community members attended the 2020 Ohio Virtual Fatherhood Summit on September 2-3 & 5, 2020. OCF co-hosted the event with the Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF), a statewide coalition of fatherhood programs. The theme of the event was "Compassion, Connectivity and Celebration."

2020 Ohio Virtual Fatherhood Summit Booklet

Day 1:

Fatherhood Training facilitated by OPNFF Staff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuopuBzCDBQ
Grant Writing Training facilitated by Mr. Patrick Patterson



Day 2: Opening Remarks: 

Ms. Kimberly Dent, Executive Director
Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

Mr. Harold Howard, President
(OPNFF), Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers & Families


Opening Remarks  
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine,
Director Kimberly Hall, Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services,
and Guest Speaker Dr. Alan-Michael Graves Good Plus Foundation


Ohio Fatherhood Summit Keynote Speakers  
Mr. Chris Brown, President (NFI) National Fatherhood Initiative
Mr. Kenneth Braswell, CEO Fathers Incorporated


Participants attended the virtual workshops on a variety of topics, including the following:

Click on the links to view videos of the plenary sessions: ODJFS YouTube Videos


Workshop Title Links:
Mental Health and Addiction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEbFfj1qOqg
Faith-Based and Fatherhood No video available
Infant Mortality Prevention https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD2HbX0Tb2k
Incarcerated Parents https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QPkglFtDkw
Trauma and Fatherhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oMGMPBxbY8
Poverty to Self-Sufficiency – Child Support Guidelines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKU6s1Z3yoM
Child Protective Services – Engaging Fathers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJxRC0ckGD0
County Fatherhood Mobilization No video Available


Click on the links to view videos of the plenary sessions:

Fatherhood and Government Moderated by Mr. Jerry Revish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35wXLGUWaJ8
Fatherhood and Government Panelist included: Senator David Burke, Senator Hearcel Craig, State Rep. Riordan McClain, Rep. J. Todd Smith, Rep. Thomas West, Rep. Terrence Upchurch, ODRC Director Annette Chambers-Smith, OMHAS Director Lori Criss, and ODYS Director Ryan Gies.


OCF Staff:

L-R: Joshua Counceller, Project Manager, Executive Director Kimberly Dent, and Terri Simons, Admin. Professiona


Rep. Thomas West (PSA Video)  


Selfie Photos:


Ohio Fatherhood Summit 2020 Closing Exec. Director Kimberly Dent and Mr. Harold Howard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5IhCZJyuxo



Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 – “Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Virtual Breakfast with Dad"

Mr. Elbert “Ickey” Woods
Jovante Woods Foundation formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo)

Mr. William Green,
Motivational speaker, formerly with the Cleveland Browns



Thank you Note:

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood wants to thank each of you for your assistance, participation and continued support of fathers and families. We hope this was a memorable and enjoyable State Fatherhood Summit.

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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.