Ohio Fatherhood Center Achievement Awardees

Ohio Fatherhood Center Achievement Awards – May 2014

Fairfield County Visitation Center

Mandi Crist, Director

239 W Main St

Lancaster, OH 43130





The Fairfield County Visitation Center(The Center) provides supervised visitation and monitored exchanges to families who are affected by divorce, separation, domestic violence, incarceration, substance abuse, mental health or new fathers who have recently established paternity. Our mission is to provide a safe, comfortable home-like environment for parents to see their children and continue to foster healthy parent-child relationships. The Center serves Fairfield, Hocking and Franklin county fathers. The original Family Support and Visitation Center opened in 2001 and closed in 2009 due to budget cuts. During this time, the Center served hundreds of fathers from Fairfield and surrounding counties. In 2010, the Fairfield County Visitation Center opened providing the same services with former Family Support and Visitation Center staff. We continue to provide this valuable and necessary service to fathers who wish to see their children and continue their healthy, meaningful father-child relationships.

Fatherhood Clark County

Eli Williams, Director

513-515 S Yellow Springs St

Springfield, OH 45506





Fatherhood Clark County is the official community mobilization initiative of Clark County Ohio. It was established by Fatherhood Commission of Clark County to promote healthy, responsible fatherhood by engaging community leaders in multiple sectors. The county Fatherhood Commission provides guidance for Father Clark County's work of community mobilization. Family and Children First Council of Clark County anchors the movement by providing connections with most of the community's children and family serving agencies.

Fatherhood Clark County has been successful in establishing the Action Plan to Promote Responsible Fatherhood, Healthy Fathering Taskforce, My Dad ROCKS, FatherFest annual celebration, Dads Resource Guide, website, quarterly newsletter, Fathers' Resource Center, has placed five Resource Kiosks around the county, and organizes annual Leadership Summits and Luncheons on Fatherhood.

No Kidding Ohio Straight Talk from Teen Parents

Angela Harris, Executive Director

714 South Ewing Street

Lancaster, OH  43130





No Kidding Ohio is a powerful, proven peer to peer approach to providing youth with practical knowledge about the realities of being a teen parent. These realities include the legal, financial, and emotional realities. With this knowledge, teens can make informed decisions related to parenting and delay parenting until they are emotionally and financially ready to have a family. The curriculum is designed for middle and high school students and it is presented by young people who have experienced teen parenting firsthand. The curriculum benefits both the youth who receive this critical information and the teen parents who gain leadership and job skills through a paid work experience. The peer to peer format is very successful in allowing for retention of knowledge. No Kidding Ohio works by empowering teen parents to become productive adults and positive role models for their peers and children.


Passages Connecting Fathers and Families, Inc. – Jobs for Dads, Cuyahoga and Portage

Brian Moore, President and CEO

3631 Perkins Ave, Suite 4HE

Cleveland, OH  44114





Passages’ gives Cuyahoga County ex-offenders a “better shot” at a successful transition back into the community. With a holistic approach to their needs and the needs of their families, we strive to heal families by engaging fathers who have been incarcerated as present and positive influences. Our programs help reduce the chances of incarceration and re-incarceration through life skills programming (financial literacy, conflict management, etc.); job readiness/employment services, including job placement services; family interaction services and counseling.


The RIDGE Project, Inc. – TYRO Program

Catherine Tijerina, Co-Founder and Executive Director

J 169 State Route 65

McClure, OH 43534





The TYRO program is a combination of case-management and curricula that promote healthy-marriage, responsible fatherhood and workforce development skills. The award-winning TYRO Dads personal development training is currently taught in 20 institutions in Ohio with 74 classes a week targeting the root causes of poverty and incarceration and strengthening client relationships with their spouse/partner. TYRO accountability fraternities also provide clients with mentoring and ongoing encouragement.


Summit County Children’s Services – Father Factor Program

Jeanne Bennett, Manager, Professional Development

264 S. Arlington St.  Akron, OH 44306

Summit County





The Father Factor Program for fathers involved with a public child welfare agency began in 2011. Since that time hundreds of men have taken educational classes on 24/7 dad and responsible fatherhood. They actively participate on the case plans, visit their children regularly, and many have obtained custody of their children.


At the end of the classes there is a graduation for the men attended by their family members and frequently their caseworkers.  In addition a skilled father/family practitioner works with the dads, caseworkers and moms to ensure that everyone has the goal of doing what is in the "best interest of the child." This practitioner makes home visits, conducts educational classes, mediates with the father and mother, and attends court hearings. He also assesses the fathers' needs and makes referrals for resources and services.


WSOS Community Action Commission – Pathways to Fatherhood and Ohio Fatherhood VIP

Roger Fisher, Employment and Training Coordinator

PO Box 590 109 S Front St

Fremont, OH  43420





Our programs assist fathers and father figure in building relationships with their children while assisting them to achieve self-sufficiency. Programs are offered both in community correctional facilities as well as in the communities we serve.


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Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF)
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH  44106





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