In October 2015, Ohio was awarded nearly $10 million to help new and expectant low-income fathers ages 16 to 24 become more effective and nurturing parents, improve their long-term economic stability, and build strong, lasting relationships with their children. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funded the “New Beginnings for New Fathers” program in Franklin, Clark, Cuyahoga, Hamilton and Montgomery counties. Participating fathers received job training, parenting classes, and healthy marriage and relationship education.

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood administered the grant and partnered with the following local programs to recruit and serve fathers:

• Action for Children – Franklin County

• Passages Connecting Fathers and Families – Cuyahoga County

• Talbert House – Hamilton County

• Urban Light Ministries – Clark and Montgomery Counties