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




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

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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
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Free Curriculum Training:  The Free Love Notes 3.0 Curriculum Training (Virtual 5 half-day trainings) scheduled for August 17-21 is full.