What is the Ohio Children's Trust Fund?
As Ohio's primary public funding source for child abuse and neglect prevention, Ohio Children's Trust Fund (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.
During state fiscal year 2016, OCTF established eight regional prevention councils to lead child abuse and neglect prevention efforts across the state. The role of each Regional Prevention Council is to administer child abuse and child neglect prevention programming and services approved by the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Board.
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund selected the Montgomery County Human Services Planning and Development Department as the Coordinator of the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council. Montgomery County was granted $938,113.50 to coordinate the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council from April 2016 through June 2021. The Western Ohio Region consists of 13 counties: Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Mercer, Darke, Shelby, Logan, Miami, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery, and Preble.
Each Regional Prevention Council is required to complete several deliverables such as development of a regional child abuse and child neglect needs assessment. The assessment has informed the development of a regional prevention plan, which identifies strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect throughout the Western Ohio region. Services have been selected for nine of the 13 counties after Requests for Proposals were issued. An outreach plan is being implemented to make residents aware of available services.
Meetings of the Regional Council are held at least quarterly. Specific dates of Council and workgroup meetings can be found here. If you have questions about the Western Ohio Regional Prevention Council, please contact the Human Services Planning and Development Department at (937) 225-6476.
For additional information about the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, please visit the following web site: http://jfs.ohio.gov/OCTF/index.stm.