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The Ohio Commission on FatherhoodWatch Video
Ohio County Fatherhood InitiativeWatch Video
Success Story: A Young DadWatch Video
Success Story: A Dad's JourneyWatch Video
Success Story: 1 Dad's TruthWatch Video
Fatherhood Commission IntroductionWatch Video
Fatherhood Commission Watch Video
William Green, former first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, talks about the importance of fatherhoodWatch Video
Establishing paternity gives unmarried parentsand their children the rights and opportunitiesthey need and deserve. Be prepared to establishpaternity at the hospital if both parents agreethey are the biological parents of the child.Keep a valid photo ID for both parents in the room.If the father leaves, he may not be able to returndue to COVID restrictions. For more information, visitoh-paternity.comor call (888) 810-6446. #whatyouneedtoknow


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.

June is Responsible Fatherhood Month

Intro June is Responsible Fatherhood Month Video

Family-Friendly Events in June 2022

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. 

To find events near you, visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.



Reminder: “#DadandMe Contest Announced/Comunicado del concurso #DadandMe

Guidelines (English)
Application (English)
Formulario de inscripción

The original artwork and application can be mailed to Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
in-person or via mail at:
Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
P.O. Box 91831
Cleveland, OH  44101-3831

Or Hand Delivered to:
Passages Connecting Fathers and Families
4600 Carnegie Ave.
Suite 1
Cleveland, OH  44103-4371


Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative Opportunity

The enclosed Family Assistance Letter #198 provides information about an exciting opportunity offered by the OhioJFS-Office of Family Assistance, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OCF). Interested counties should email OCF at Selected counties will convene a Leadership Team for the Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative. This team will complete a Needs Assessment of all services offered in the county. The Leadership Team and the community will be trained and coached by experienced Fatherhood Practitioners from across Ohio. After the Leadership Team develops an Action Plan, OCF will provide a one-time $10,000.00 seed money payment to help the county continue its efforts towards Responsible Fatherhood programming. 

For more information about the Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative, please visit OCF’s website at The OCF team also is available to provide assistance with any questions or concerns. If you have questions about the Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative, please contact OCF at  

Pre NBA All-Star Game events:

OCF Executive Director Dent assists Ms. Theresa Thomas, with the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative, as they handed out basketballs, shirts and hoodies to kiddos and their dads at the Karamu House in Cleveland.  The event was implemented as part of the Pre NBA All-Star Game events.  Each of the three-day events focused on the importance of dads reading to their children.




Faith Flash February – Issue 5

New OCF SFY2021 Annual Report - Friday February 18, 2022

We are pleased to share with you our state fiscal year (SFY) 2021 OCF Annual Report. Our nine grantees used a

Web-based case management system called “Efforts to Outcomes.”    This allowed them to enter the data directly and immediately, increasing transparency, accountability and making it easier to analyze results.

OCF SFY2021 Annual Report


Eliminating Disparities in IM Listening Session Report 2021

Please view the report here.


The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library provides every Ohio child from birth-5 years old with a free book each month. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we are starting a new chapter in early childhood literacy across Ohio. 

The Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at The Ohio State University


New Funding Opportunity - June Responsible Fatherhood Month 2022

In recognition of the importance of involved, committed and supportive fathers, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood has released a new funding opportunity. The commission will award up to 15 mini-grants to nonprofit organizations and/or government entities that host father-child events in June. Organizations chosen will be reimbursed up to $4,000 for eligible expenses incurred in June 2022.  Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, 2/24/2022.
Please click here to apply.

Montgomery County’s Parenting Time Opportunities for Children (PTOC) program
Fall 2021 PTOC Newsletter
OCF SFY2020 Annual Report (02/18/2022)
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood thanks Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted for their Resolution declaring June “Responsible Fatherhood Month”.
June Is Responsible Fatherhood Month eNewsletter
Ohio County Fatherhood Mobilization Initiative Contractor RFP (PDF) (02/07/2022)
"Single County Fatherhood RFGA Released-Reposted" here (02/07/2022)

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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:
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

If you need to speak to someone over the phone, please contact Executive Director Kimberly Dent at 614-752-0583.