2016 State Fatherhood Summit

More than 300 fatherhood and family-service practitioners, county and state agency staff, and community members attended the 2016 Ohio Fatherhood Summit May 25-26 in Columbus.  OCF co-hosted the event with the Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF), a statewide coalition of fatherhood programs.  The theme of the event was "Compassion, Connectivity and Celebration."                                


Several committed fathers who benefit from OCF-funded programs  

Kimberly Dent got to know a dad, Charles Ratliff, engaged in programming with Columbus Urban League.


Participants attended workshops on a variety of topics, including the following:


OCF Director Dent with William Liber, Regional
Director for Passages, one of the OCF grantees.

Commissioners Scott Neely and Cedric Collins with OCF Director Dent.


Click on the links to view videos of the plenary sessions:


Senator Bill Beagle moderating for the Fatherhood in Government panel discussion. Senator Beagle is the Chairman of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.




Fatherhood and Government Panelists (left to right): Mike Priemo Chief of Staff for the Democratic Caucus, Jye Breckenridge, ODH Home Visiting Administrator, Douglas Lumpkin, ODJFS Deputy Director of the Office of Human Services Innovation, Scott Neely, ODRC Legislative Liaison, Mike Davis, ODRC Administator for the Office of Offender Reentry, Linda Janes, ODYS Assistant Director.


Ohio Commission on Fatherhood-Funded Programs Panelists.

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