Ohio Commission on Fatherhood on Engaging the Community

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is committed to participating in fatherhood-related programs, conferences, symposiums and other forums to increase public awareness of the central role fathers play in their children’s lives. One of four core objectives of the Commission is to Engage Communities. Executive Director Tracy Robinson delivers keynote addresses and meets with interested community members because he believes engaging communities is essential to the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood’s work.

By engaging communities we can explore ways in which fathers, community organizations and government can come together to encourage responsible fatherhood and stronger communities. Community programs are opportunities to hear directly from people in local communities about how we can encourage personal responsibility and strengthen Ohio families. By collaborating with government organizations, welfare agencies, and faith based entities we can make fundamental changes that strengthen families. Being present in the community is essential to understanding the specific father-related issues that affect community members. Community conversations about fatherhood increase awareness of citizens and government officials and creates a more rooted understanding of responsible fatherhood.

Engaging communities results in more engaged fathers. Engaging fathers positively affects the social, behavioral, psychological and cognitive outcomes of children. Fathers are the source of family and economic stability so they need to become part of the conversation.



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FREE Tour at the National Museum of the USAF in Dayton
Saturday December 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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The Commission Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 10:00 am. – 12:00 p.m. 

(ODJFS) OCF Commission Meeting 
Date: February 9, 2023 at 10:00 am – 12 noon
Location: Vern Riffe Building (Riffe)
77 S. High St. 19th Floor, Conference Room 1948
Columbus, OH  43215

The meeting will be IN-PERSON. Please allow time to find parking and going through the security checks at the Vern Riffe Building. Please bring your photo Identification.
The public may attend the meeting virtually by clicking here for the Zoom Webinar.


2023 Commission Meeting Dates:    Feb. 9,  May 11,  July 13,  Sept. 14 and Nov. 9.

If you would like to attend a commission meeting or if you have any questions, please contact Terri Simons via e-mail at Terri.Simons@jfs.ohio.gov

If you need to speak to someone over the phone, please contact Executive Director Kimberly Dent at 614-752-0583. 

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