About Us

Serving Better by Serving Together

The purpose of the Warren County Family and Children First Council is to support its members in their efforts to promote strong and stable individuals and their families as well as a safe social environment that will encourage the success and resiliency of children, families and communities.

Councils exist in every county in Ohio and are responsible for meeting the requirements outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 121.37. Locally they are to evaluate and prioritize services, fill service gaps where possible, invent new approaches to achieve better results, and ensure ongoing input from a broad representation of the community.

There is a commitment to focus on areas of child well being that ensure:
  • Expectant parents and newborn thrive
  • Infants and toddlers thrive
  • Children are ready for school
  • Children and youth succeed in school
  • Youth choose healthy behaviors
  • Youth successfully transition into adulthood

MISSION STATEMENT

To promote and support strong and stable individuals and their families as well as a safe social environment that will encourage the success and resiliency of children, families, and communities.


CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Community Capacity Building/Planning
    The Support and Outreach Committee promotes FCFC and its member agencies. Its purpose is to identify, document, and report on the well-being of children and families, establish indicators and priorities of well- being, leverage resources to further capacity of FCFC and its partner agencies, and communicate the public value of FCFC.
  • Service Coordination
    Clinical Committee is responsible for administering comprehensive services for high-risk multi-need youth. A pooled fund model is used and participating agencies include the Board of Developmental Disabilities, Juvenile Court, Children Services, and Mental Health.
  • Family Empowerment
    Family representatives are members of Council and provide insight on the impact of proposed policies, activities, and help identify service gaps.
  • Early Childhood System of Care
    The Early Childhood Coordination has representatives from the schools, Help Me Grow, Early Learning Centers (Head Start), 4C for Children, Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Health, other child care providers, parents, and interested community members.
  • Success for School Age Youth
    The Success for School Age Youth Committee has representatives from the schools, Mental Health, OSU Extension 4-H, prevention coalitions, and interested community members. The focus is on asset development through projects and initiatives that emphasize collaboration in supporting healthy youth and families.

CHALLENGES

Capacity is a major issue because of limited resources to maintain best practice models which often require increased funding for training, monitoring and reporting.

The Family and Children First Council is a community partnership that includes the following members and supporters:

  • Abuse and Rape Crisis Shelter of Warren County
  • Beech Acres Parenting Center
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Warren County
  • Community Volunteers
  • Coordinated Care Team
  • Family Representatives
  • 4C . . . for Children
  • Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County
  • Lebanon Optimist Club
  • Mental Health & Recovery Centers of Warren County
  • Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services
  • Ohio State University Extension of Warren County
  • Representatives from:
  • Carlisle Local Schools
  • Franklin City Schools
  • Kings Local Schools
  • Lebanon City Schools
  • Little Miami Local Schools
  • Mason City Schools
  • Springboro Community City Schools
  • Warren County Career Center
  • Wayne Local Schools
  • Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Centers
  • Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Warren County Child Support Enforcement Agency
  • Warren County Children Services
  • Warren County Combined Health District
  • Warren County Commissioners
  • Warren County Community Services, Early Learning Centers
  • Warren County Community Services, Family Services
  • Warren County Department of Human Services
  • Warren County Education Service Center
  • Warren County Help Me Grow
  • Warren County Juvenile Court
  • Warren County Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Warren County United Way
  • Workforce ONE of Warren County