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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 Events - Tuesday June 16, 2020

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Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative is Celebrating Father’s Day!
The Fatherhood Initiative would like to help you celebrate fathers and father figures. Share your Father’s Day message with us and we will feature your message on our Facebook page for Father’s Day. Go to our Facebook page and send us your message by Friday, June 19th at noon.

June is Responsible Fatherhood Month - Thursday June 11, 2020

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood thanks Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted for acknowledging June 2020 as Responsible Fatherhood Month.
Responsible Fatherhood Month 2020

SAVE THE DATE Ohio State Fatherhood Summit September 2-3, 2020

Please click here for information.

New RFGA Released - Thursday, February 20, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, ODJFS Contracts is only processing mission critical funding so this RFGA is being withdrawn.  The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood hopes to repost this funding opportunity when things return to normal.  Please look for future announcements in the OCF e-newsletter.

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) has just posted a new Request for Grant Applications. OCF seeks to award funding to organizations to implement a comprehensive countywide approach to promoting responsible fatherhood.

Applicants must have at least one (1) year of experience providing services to fathers.

OCF will award at least three (3) organizations $19,000 in year one and $75,000 in year two for a total of $94,000 each starting April 28, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Applications are due April 2, 2020, by 3:00 pm.
Please read instructions on how to apply at:

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 AWARDED BY OCF - Friiday, 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.

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

The Commission Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a Virtual Teams Meeting.

Please click here to join the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Meeting for Thursday, July 9, 2020 Commissioners’ Meeting.

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

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:  Nurturing Fathers Curriculum Training (Virtual 3-Day Training) on June 24, 25, 26, 2020