Family & Children First Council

Family and Children First Council

The Montgomery County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) was established in 1995 in accordance with state law as the "lead collaborative" for issues affecting children and families. Its mission was set:

To serve as a catalyst to foster interdependent solutions among public and private community partners to achieve positive results for the health and well-being of families, children, and adults.

The Council's work over the years has continued to change based on the needs of our community. In 2013, the FCFC undertook a facilitated dialogue to review its structure. View the Community Needs Assessment (PDF) by clicking here. Over several months, its members provided key input resulting in a new framework that began a phased-in transition throughout 2014. A summary of the process and framework is available by clicking here (PDF). View the full strategic plan by clicking here (PDF)

The previous outcome framework was refined into three Focus Areas:

  • Health and Safety
  • Education and Life Skills
  • Income and Stability

The new framework will help move to a more directed approach, shaping service delivery and increasing accountability and results. An internal focus will be placed on moving the current balance of strategies and services from intervention to more prevention-based while respecting the need for core safety net services. The new framework will support many new key approaches and increase alignment and partnership opportunities with the Human Services Levy Council, the Homeless Solutions Policy Board, the Frail Elderly Services Advisory Committee, as well as United Way of the Greater Dayton Area, and many other community partners, who strive to support more effective and efficient priorities.

The Human Services Planning and Development Department provides administrative support to the Family and Children First Council.