Community Action Organization of Scioto County

433 – 3rd Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662

Jeremy Moore, Fatherhood Project Specialist
CAO South Campus
411 – 2nd Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662
740-354-7545, ext 315

Service Area: Scioto County

Dads Matter Brochure

Program Information

Through the Dads Matter program, CAO provides a county-wide approach to helping vulnerable fathers and families through parenting education, individual comprehensive case management and employment assistance.

Eligible participants are Scioto County residents who are married or unmarried biological fathers, expectant fathers, adoptive fathers, stepfathers, or other father figures, for a dependent child or young adult child up to 19 years of age.

Through collaboration with the OSU Scioto County Extension Office, an evidenced-based fatherhood program is provided that is a total of 16 hours spread over multiple weeks. The curriculum used with the Dads Matter project is PREP’s On My Shoulders program, which “is a unique, interactive curriculum designed to equip men with the skills for healthy relationships, especially with their children. Themes include communication, stress, coparenting, commitment, discipline and gratitude.”

Other services, including comprehensive case management and employment assistance are available through the Dads Matter program as well. Participants can receive individualized assistance navigating the resources available through the OhioMeansJobs – Scioto County center and be connected to area services and activities identified as potentially helpful in overcoming barriers, upgrading skills, and maximizing individual strengths. Those individuals meeting eligibility and suitability requirements established through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act may also be able to access paid work experience activities, on-the-job training opportunities, financial assistance to attend post-secondary education, and a variety of support services.

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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.