What is the Ohio Children's Trust Fund?
As Ohio's sole, dedicated public funding source for child abuse and neglect prevention, OCTF is in the forefront of prevention activities throughout the state. From establishing guidelines for program development – to accessing up-to-date prevention curricula – to producing educational and public awareness materials – to impacting related social policy initiatives, OCTF provides expertise and resources for legislators, the media, state agencies, and the public.
The Ohio Children's Trust Fund was created in Ohio law in 1984. OCTF funds primary and secondary prevention strategies that are conducted at the local level and activities and projects of a statewide significance designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Revenues from surcharges on birth and death certificates and divorce and dissolution decrees provide the funding for OCTF. These funds are earmarked for each county through a formula based on the number of children living in each county.
Montgomery County will receive an allocation of $164,491 from the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund during state fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Services to be delivered during that time are as follows:
Stewards of Children childhood sexual abuse prevention training will be provided by CARE House to parents/guardians and grandparents as well as adults associated with child-serving organizations. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
Home-based parent education will be delivered to families where the mother is under age 25 by Catholic Social Services. The parenting sessions are designed to build nurturing skills, increase knowledge of childhood development, and improve parenting practices of teen and young adult parents.
Parenting education for prenatal parents will be offered by Elizabeth New Life Center to pregnant clients referred from various organizations. This service will use a Nurturing Parenting curriculum and primarily will address parenting and child development.
Parenting education classes are provided by Life Resource Centre to low-income parents ages 14-21 with infants and to Hispanic parents with children 0-5 years. Child safety, nutrition, infant development, and conflict resolution are some of the topics to be covered.
Parent support groups targeting families with children experiencing a disability are offered by United Rehabilitation Services. Parent Cafés are designed to create opportunities for parents to connect, share and learn from each other so they are better able to meet the needs of their families. Meetings are facilitated by parent hosts with staff support.
Coaching and specialized training for child care center staff in City of Dayton high-poverty neighborhoods will be provided by 4C for Children to implement the Strengthening Families Framework. The framework involved building five protective factors among families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Parent cafés will be delivered in the neighborhoods and “run by parents for parents” to build networks of support with other parents and build their parenting skills.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Family and Children First at (937) 225-4695.
For additional information about the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, please visit the following web site: http://jfs.ohio.gov/OCTF/index.stm
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