Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare

Each year in Ohio, hundreds of children become involved with child welfare due to suspected or confirmed abuse or neglect.  Some of these children were living with both biological parents when child welfare got involved, and their mother, father, or both, maltreated them.  However, many of these children were living with their mother, mother’s partner, or other relatives, but not their father.  For these children, their biological fathers are often left out of caregiver search efforts, case planning, team meetings and court hearings, even if they have been a positive presence in the child's life before child welfare's involvement.


To encourage more child welfare workers to engage fathers, in 2015, a work group which included staff from the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood was formed.  The result is the following  "Best Practice Guide for Engaging Fathers". Click on the image below to view the guide.

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The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. It will be a Virtual Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Please click here to join the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Meeting for Thursday, November 12, 2020 Commissioners’ Meeting.

2020 Commission Meeting Dates:  Feb.13,  July 9, Sept. 10, and Nov. 12.  

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
Want to know more about the OCF Commission Meetings? Click on the highlighted text to learn more. Please e-mail Terri.Simons@jfs.ohio.gov if you have any questions.

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