NAME: Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 183204, Columbus, OH 43218-3204
Physical Address: 4200 E. 5th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219
Mission Statement: To enhance the well-being of Ohio's children by providing opportunities for fathers to become better parents, partners and providers.
Description of Services: The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is a state-wide commission housed within the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and seeks to strengthen vulnerable Ohio families by funding community based programs that serve low-income fathers. Commissioners are appointed according to statute and represent all sectors of the community. Commissioners include directors of state agencies, the Governor’s designee, bi-partisan members of the Ohio House and Senate and citizens chosen by the Governor because of their extensive involvement in fatherhood issues. Commission meetings are held five times a year and are open to the public.
Many of the fathers served by OCF-funded programs were raised in father-absent homes and therefore lack experience in what it means to be a committed, involved and responsible father. These fatherhood programs help fathers and families: 1. improve economic stability when they help fathers prepare for, find and retain employment; 2. foster responsible parenting through skills-based classes and individualized mentoring; and 3. promote healthy relationships through conflict resolution and communications skills training.
In addition to funding fatherhood programs throughout the state, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood makes policy recommendations regarding fathers, engages the community and trains county leaders on how to mobilize their community to promote responsible fatherhood. This framework allows the Commission to strategically promote father engagement on all levels.
First Name: Kimberly
Last Name: Dent
Title: Executive Director
OLANet Main Contact:
First Name: Terena
Last Name: Arnold
Title: Administrative Professional