The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative
Success Story:   A Young Dad
Success Story:   A Dad's Journey
Success Story:   1 Dad's Truth


The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is a state agency housed within the Ohio Department of Job & 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.




Ohio will receive nearly $10 million over the next five years to help new and expectant low-income fathers with children under age one and fathers ages 16 to 24 to become more effective and nurturing parents, improve their families' long-term economic stability, and build strong, lasting relationships with their children.   The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will fund the “New Beginnings for New Fathers” program in Franklin, Clark, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Montgomery Counties. Participating fathers will receive job training, parenting classes, and healthy marriage and relationship education.  Click here to read more



Daddy's Tool Bag

Daddy's Tool Bag was born 10 years ago with the goal of helping build the bonds between dads and their babies.  Whet started as an idea for a short motivational video eventually evolved into a series of videos focusing on baby-care basics and building new dads' confidence. 

New and soon-to-be fathers in Ohio can view the videos for free, by going to and entering the video library code "ohiodad."  This is a courtesy of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, which purchased a viewing license so that as many dads as possible can use it.

Hero Dads Needed

Do you have a photo of yourself changing a diaper, feeding your baby or just being a good dad?  Send it to , and it could end up on Daddy's Tool Bag "Hero Dad Photo Gallery"!

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February 16, 2017: Commissioner Meeting





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