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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 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Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, ODJFS Contracts is only processing mission critical funding so this RFGA is being withdrawn.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 - Friday, 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.

SAVE THE DATE: Ohio Fatherhood Summit, May 20-21, 2020 - Thursday, September 12, 2019

Mark your calendars and save the date for the next Ohio Fatherhood Summit.  It will take place in Columbus on May 20 & 21, 2020.  Click on the link to view the flyer.  More information will be provided via our e-newsletters as the date draws near.

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

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.

Free Curriculum Training:  March 31, April 1 and 2, 2020
Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this training has been canceled.  The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood plans to reschedule this event when things return to normal.  Please look for additional information in future OCF e-newsletters.
The Richland County Parenting Seminar scheduled for April 17th has been modified to an on-line event. Please click here for more information.
The May 14, 2020 Ohio Commission on Fatherhood meeting is canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2020.
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