Kimberly Dent is the Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. She has more than a decade of government service and has held various positions with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Prior to joining the Commission as Executive Director in 2012, Kim served as then ODJFS Director Douglas Lumpkin's designee to the Commission. She has extensive experience and knowledge of Ohio's Child Support policies and procedures having worked in the Child Support program for fourteen years.
Director Dent does extensive community outreach and public speaking about the message that promoting responsible fatherhood is much less costly than paying for the consequences of father absence. When fathers acquire the skills they need to be responsible fathers, children are better off and better positioned to build their own strong families; families are better off because of fathers' love, care and emotional and financial support; and taxpayer dollars are saved as families are more likely to be well-functioning and self-sufficient.
In addition to her duties as Executive Director, Ms. Dent serves as Co-chair of the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality Fatherhood Involvement Workgroup, a member of Ohio's Child Support Strategic Workgroup and a member of Ohio's Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition.
Director Dent holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Ohio University and is a candidate for her Doctorate in Law and Public Policy at Walden University.
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.
Reforming Child Support to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families, June 2019
Supporting the Fatherhood Journey: Finding from the Parents and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation
Child Support Noncustodial Parent Employment Demonstration (CSPED) Impact Report
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Promoting Responsible Fatherhood
AdCouncil Fatherhood PSAs
Region V Fatherhood Webinars
National Fatherhood Initiative
National Center for Fathering
Kids Count Data
Grant Writing Webinar (Power Point Slides)
Infant Vitality Toolkit for Fathers
Ohio County Services
Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)
Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality
Ohio Ex-Offender Reentry Coalition
Ohio Putative Father Registry
Ohio Strong Babies
Start Talking Ohio
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