In 1993, Governor George Voinovich created and codified Family and Children First Councils (ORC 121.37). The purpose of FCFCs is to streamline and coordinate existing government services for families seeking assistance for their children. The Summit County Family and Children First Council (SCFCFC) is a partnership of state and local government, community agencies and families working together to promote a system of care for families with children/youth ages birth through 21 years. Collectively, we work to develop, implement and evaluate coordinated responses to child and family issues. The Summit County General Health District serves as administrative agent for the SCFCFC.
The mission of the Summit County Family and Children First Council is to promote a system of care that protects and enhances the well-being of children and families by building community capacity, engaging and empowering families, and coordinating systems and services.
The vision of the Summit County Family and Children First Council is for all children and families of Summit County to thrive.
Specific roles and responsibilities of the FCF Council, as outlined in ORC 121.37 are as follows:
- Streamline and coordinate services for families seeking services for their children
- Annually evaluate and prioritize services, fills service gaps where possible, and invent new approaches to achieve better results for families and children
- Monitor the council's progress in achieving results for families and children
- Participate in the development of a countywide, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary, interagency system for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities
- Ensure input from a broad representation of families who are receiving services within the county system