OCF News

Archived OCF E-Newsletters
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood sends periodic newsletters to keep the community informed about funding opportunities and initiatives.  To receive future emails, join our email list by completing the link on our web page.  To read past e-newletters, click on the tabs below.

ODJFS News Today
ODJFS issues a daily newsletter to its staff about things of interest happening in the agency.  The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood has been featured several times.  To read about our work, click on the tabs below.

June 2012 OCF E-Newsletter:  June Fatherhood Events

March 2012 OCF E-Newsletter: New Interim OCF Director

January 2012 OCF E-Newsletter:  OCF Awards Funding to 8 Programs

December 27, 2012 ODJFS News Today: Virginia Fatherhood Delegation Visits OCF

June 28, 2012 ODJFS News Today: Fatherhood Summit Planned


2013 Annual Report

August 2013 OCF E-Newsletter:  OCF Funds 6 Programs

May 2013 OCF E-Newsletter:  New RFGA Released

March 2013 OCF E-Newsletter:  County Fatherhood Initiative

July 11, 2013 ODJFS News Today: Summit to Empower Young Fathers

April 5, 2013 ODJFS News Today: Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative

February 14, 2013 ODJFS News Today: New Executive Director


2014 Annual Report

February 2014 OCF E-Newsletter: Commissioner Cedric Collins

February 2014 OCF E-Newsletter: Funding for Responsible Fatherhood Month

February 2014 OCF E-Newsletter: Request for Workshop Proposals 

April 2014 OCF E-Newsletter: Fatherhood Summit    

May 2, 2014 ODJFS News Today: Training Held for Local Fatherhood Programs

May 29, 2014 ODJFS News Today:  Local Staff Came Together for Fatherhood Summit

June 10, 2014 OCF E-Newsletter:  June is Responsible Fatherhood Month

September 12, 2014  OCF E-Newsletter:  Meet our Chairman


2020-21 Grantee Flyer rev 6-24-2021

OCF SFY2020 Annual Report

InsideOut Dad Curriculum Training

Fatherhood RFGA Released

New Funding Opportunity – June is Responsible Fatherhood Month 

Fatherhood Fundamentals Family Field Day
August 21st Family Field day JRFM – June is Responsible Fatherhood Month eNewsletter JRFM Proclamation 2021

JRFM Proclamation 2021

Intro June is Responsible Fatherhood  Month Video enCompass Training for Families and Communities

enCompass Training for Families and Communities

New RFGA Applications Seeks Three New Multi-County Grantees

Virtual Free Evidence Based Responsible Fatherhood Facilitator Training

Trunk or Treat Event
The Urban Family Development Center is hosting a “Trunk or Treat Event” located at Brightside Academy.
Click on the flyer for more details.

(BBOO) “Building Bridges of Opportunity 2021 Community Engagement Conference
(BBOO) “Building Bridges of Opportunity 2021 Community Engagement Conference” is scheduled for October 14-15, 2021.
Please click on flyer for additional information.

(OAN) Ohio Afterschool Network
(OAN) Ohio Afterschool Network is hosting “Lights On Afterschool” at the State House on October 28, 2021 at 8:30 am – 10:30 am.
Please click on flyer for additional information.

DadTalk - Black Men and Mental Health
“DADS Talk about Black Men and Mental Health” scheduled for tonight, October 5, 2021 at 8 pm on Facebook page hosted by Urban Family Development Center.

Fatherhood Fundamentals Family Field Day
August 21st Family Field day

ForeverDads Fatherhood Messaging 

Fox 19 News Cincinnati story on the Talbert House Fatherhood and Mentorship Programs
Cincinnati fatherhood programs designed to help men become mentors for children

Exec. Director Dent receives the NPCL Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame, Vicki Turetsky Women in Fatherhood Leadership Award.

enCompass is a Comprehensive Training on Navigating Addiction. 
The training and manual were created by the Addiction Policy Forum staff in 
partnership with the ReocveryOhio Initiative in the Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.
The training was developed with an Expert Review Panel composed of prominent researchers and physicians in the addiction field.  Please click the link for more 
information on enCompass trainings in Ohio and how to register.   
enCompass: Ohio (addictionpolicy.org)

Dads on Duty in Louisiana 

Click the image to launch the video of a wonderful and inspiring story of invested and responsible fathers in Louisiana!


When it Comes to Work, Your Time is Now 

Perry County Job & Family Services Director Cheryl Boley discusses When it Comes to Work, Your Time is Now in a recent Newsletter. Director Boley explains, 

“…If you want a job, or you want more hours, more pay, better benefits, more flexibility or more career growth potential, your time is now. Employers are going further than ever in meeting new expectations of workers for their jobs, working conditions and compensation…”

Please click the above image to read the full Newsletter. For help with finding new employment or increasing your employability, please go to OhioMeansJobs.com or visit your local OhioMeansJobs center for more help. 


 Intro June is Responsible Fatherhood Month Video
Every year in June, in recognition of the importance of involved, committed, and supportive fathers, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services/Ohio Commission on Fatherhood offers mini grants to organizations interested in hosting community father/child events. The following 13 organizations will  host family-friendly events in June 2021, following all the recommended COVID-19 protocols.
To find events near you, visit https://fatherhood.ohio.gov/Special-Programs/Responsible-Fatherhood-Month or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood thanks Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted for their Resolution declaring June “Responsible Fatherhood Month”.

Representative West Memo to Governor & General Assemby

Executive Director Hagans Provides Information About the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio to OCF and its Grantees  
Executive Director Crystal Hagans of the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio provided OCF and its grantees with invaluable information about the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio. Background information about seizure first aid, prevalence of Epilepsy, and how to recognize seizures. Additional resources, contact information, and upcoming events were shared by the Epilepsy Foundation Ohio.

August 2020 news articles - Fatherhood Fundamentals Card

Columbus Dispatch article

Five Fatherhood Grants Awarded - ODJFS Press Release

(BBOO) Building Bridges of Opportunity Community Experience Flyer

June is Responsible Fatherhood Month” sponsored by Family & Children’s First Council of Huron County.


The Father Within Parenting Workshop Talbert House’s Fatherhood Project

Talbert House’s Fatherhood Project

Upcoming Events

The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a virtual Zoom Webinar. The audience is encouraged to utilize the chat Q&A to interact with the Commissioners, guest speaker(s), and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF) staff. 
Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81763981193?pwd=TmhYMEY1eFgxWTNEZTZIbnBPRFlsdz09
Passcode: 813187
Webinar ID: 817 6398 1193
The phone # +1 301 715 8592

Please click here to join the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022 Commissioners’ Meeting.
If you would like to listen to the recordings or see presentations from the previous Commission Meetings, please click here

Please Note: We are unable to provide technical assistance during meetings. 

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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