Executive Director Note
Since joining the Trust Fund last October, my days have been a whirlwind of learning about OCTF’s regional model as well as the statewide initiatives, programs, and events that form the framework for the child abuse and neglect prevention work taking place across the state.
I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and/or talk with many of you – board members, partner agencies, regional coordinators, prevention council members, vendors, and service providers – the individuals that make this work possible. It’s through your commitment, support, and hard work that the OCTF is able to continually work towards the mission of, “preventing child abuse and neglect through investing in strong communities, healthy families, and safe children.”
This Partnership is central to the work we do each and every day. By working together towards our shared, common mission to prevent child abuse and neglect, we can make a lasting impact in the lives of the children and families we serve.
To create a consistent philosophy and language of Partnership among OCTF staff and our stakeholders, we are adopting the Six Principles of Partnership as the foundation for how our team works together and with our partners. These principles have served as the foundation for the Partners for Ohio’s Families (PFOF) initiative launched by the Office of Families and Children in 2010, and having seen firsthand the benefit of a shared set of principles outlining “the way we do things around here”, I am certain that the adoption of these principles will help to set the foundation for a strong statewide child abuse and neglect prevention network.
While Ohio’s transition to a regional prevention model in 2016 was a great first step in moving towards a strong statewide child abuse and neglect prevention network, we still have a lot of work to do. By creating a solid, unified continuum of care for child abuse and neglect prevention services we can provide the resources and supports that parents, caregivers, and family-serving professionals need in order to create safe, nurturing environments where children can grow and thrive.
New Year, New Website!
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is kicking off 2019 by launching a new website full of information and resources for parents, caregivers and professionals! The website has everything from links to parenting classes to articles about pregnancy and safe sleep. It also has information about continuing education events, the Strengthening Families Framework, the effects of trauma on child development and much, much more. Check out this press release for more information.
Great Lakes Ohio Region, New Day Cleveland Appearance
Our team was up in Cleveland on January 18, 2019 sharing about the work of the Great Lakes Ohio Regional Prevention Council. Executive Director, Lindsay Williams was interviewed for Fox 8 News, New Day Cleveland!
The Great Lakes Region just kicked off their awareness campaign, “What you do next matters most.” This campaign emphasizes the weight of parents’ decisions in those frustrating, everyday moments that all parents experience from time to time.
“Parenting is the greatest job in the world, but sometimes it can be hard. Keeping your cool is critical because when you are stressed, it’s what you do next that matters most.”
For more information about this campaign (and some great tips to relieve parenting stress!) visit whatyoudonext.org.
April Events, Contests, and Campaign Materials
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and OCTF staff have been busy getting ready! This year OCTF’s campaign inspires a call to action that prompts individuals to, “Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child – one simple act of encouragement at a time”.
Kick-off Event: Throughout the month of April 2019 #EverydayOhioHeroes are being called upon to, “Mentor. Donate. Empower. And help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community.” To launch this April campaign, the Ohio Children's Trust Fund will be kicking off April Child Abuse Prevention Month at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium on Monday, March 25, 2019 beginning at 10:00 am. This event will feature local heroes from communities across the state. Helping us to honor these Ohio heroes are child abuse and child neglect advocates and key stakeholders. For more information visit our website.
Kids Bake for Kids’ Sake is an April event that invites youth-focused organizations to join together to help prevent child abuse and neglect by holding bake sales in their local communities. Interested groups must register with Ohio Children’s Trust Fund by February 28, 2019.
Once registered, groups can begin to collect donated goods. Registered groups will have the date and time of their bake sale promoted on the OCTF website and social media channels. Groups can hold events to bake and sell items from April 1st to April 30th, 2019.
Artistic Expressions Youth Contest: As part of our April 2019 National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign, we are asking youth throughout Ohio to join us in raising awareness of the importance of child abuse and neglect prevention. Youth are invited to develop powerful and creative artistic expressions that bring awareness to the prevalence of this issue in Ohio and how anyone can “Be a Hero in the Eyes of a Child.”
We're looking for bold, innovative and exciting pieces to help educate the public about child abuse and neglect prevention and inspire them to action! These creative pieces will be used throughout the year to help raise awareness. This year’s winners will receive awards of $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place and $500 for 3rd place each for their school, career-tech center, after-school program or nonprofit organization. To learn more about this contest, visit us at OCTF.ohio.gov .
Everyday Ohio Heroes Contest: In recognition of adults throughout Ohio who are “Everyday Heroes,” the OCTF established the Everyday Ohio Hero Awards to honor individuals who dedicate their time, efforts or lives to preventing child abuse and child neglect. An Everyday Ohio Hero is an individual or group who has made a significant impact on child abuse and child neglect prevention through their everyday acts.
The Everyday Ohio Hero Awards will recognize outstanding adults, youth and community volunteer groups, or corporate groups in each of the eight child abuse and neglect prevention regions in Ohio. For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit our website or email us at OCTF@OCTF.ohio.gov.
April Campaign Materials
All April campaign items (i.e. posters, billboards, T-Shirts, table tents, pizza box toppers, coasters, coloring sheets, etc.) are now available for our partners who would like to purchase April promotional materials. Due to the size of the files, these are available only via google drive. Please email us at OCTF@OCTF.ohio.gov for more information.