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Family and Children First Councils


Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) was established in 1993 by Section 121.37 of the Ohio Revised Code. OFCF is a partnership of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families. 

Mahoning County Family and Children First Council


Mahoning County Family and Children First Council (MCFCFC) was established in October 1995. The mission of MCFCFC is to promote, maintain and facilitate community collaboration of multi system services to children and families of Mahoning County.

Advisory Council and Executive Committee


MCFCFC is comprised of an Advisory Council and Executive Committee.  Advisory Council Membership is open to any person or organization in Mahoning County whose personal interest, public responsibilities or organizational mission is consistent with and supportive of the purpose and mission of the council.

Executive authority to conduct business is vested in the Council Executive Committee. The Executive Committee consists of, but not be limited to:

  1. members required by Ohio law, namely Directors of the County Mental Health Board, County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Service Board, Children Services Board, County Human Services Department, Superintendent of the County Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Board, the Superintendent of the county’s Educational Service Center who will represent all other school districts, the Superintendent or designee representing the largest municipal school district, a representative of the largest municipality in the county, the President of the Board of County Commissioners or designee, Early Intervention Collaborative representative, a representative of the Regional Office of the Department of Youth Services, representative of a funder (council has selected the United Way)  a representative of the county’s largest  Head Start agency, the Health Commissioner or designee of the county Board of Health and largest municipal health district in the county, and three family representatives who are or have been primary caregivers of children served by programs administered by Council. 
  2. a representative of Youngstown State University, representative of the Area Agency on Aging, and four community organization representatives who are elected by Advisory Council membership.ip of state and local government, communities and families that enhances the well-being of Ohio’s children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging and empowering families.