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Family & Children First Council

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Since 1995, the Defiance County Family and Children First Council (FCFC) has served as a community planning partnership. The FCFC is a cost-effective, team-driven organization that brings families, community and government together to help prevent and solve problems. The FCFC has been a proven vehicle for implementation of policies and effective utilization of resources as directed by the Ohio Revised Code 121.37.

We strive to:

  • Build Community Capacity - mobilize the community around issues related to families and children and engage them in action.
  • Coordinate Systems of Service - provide a formal venue to facilitate the alignment of resources, policies, and services in an effort to reduce duplication of effort between organizations. This helps us make better decisions that lead to wiser investments of public dollars.
  • Engage & Empower Families - recruit and support families to become active, contributing partners so they can advocate on behalf of families and children.
  • Share Accountability - monitor, evaluate, and communicate our impact to assure all families and children thrive.

We want Defiance County to be a place where families and build upon their heritage, feel secure in the present and reach for the future.

We are here for you!

If you need help and don't know where to turn, call 2-1-1 or browse one of these resources: Family Services "Orange Guide" (18MB PDF) or "Yellow Page" Quick Reference Guide.

How to Join

Many families are already at-risk; now every family is being personally impacted. We need your support to respond to our challenging economic times and advocate on behalf of children and families.

We need your time, talent and treasure.

Qualifications for being a parent representative include receiving or have received services from one or more agencies represented on Defiance County Family and Children First Council.

If your agency is interested in joining our partnership, your agency would need to pass a resolution and/or submit a letter endorsing the Defiance County Family and Children First mission, agreeing to cooperate in the development and implementation of Council goals and agreeing to abide the established By-Laws.

All partners should be able to regularly attend meetings and work collaboratively with others.

Contact Julie Voll, Coordinator, to let her know you are interested!

Participate in Council, contribute what you can. Let's work together for our children, families, and community.

Partners & Organization

We are a team dedicated to bring families, community and government together to help prevent and solve problems.

Mandated Members At-Large Members
City of Defiance Defiance College
Defiance City Schools Defiance County Juvenile Probation
Defiance County Commissioners First Call for Help
Defiance County Board of DD Four County Family Center
Defiance County Health Department GRADS
Defiance County Job & Family Services Hicksville Community Service Center
Family Representatives Maumee Valley Guidance Center
Four County ADAMhs Board Recovery Services of NW Ohio
NW Ohio Community Action Commission United Way of Defiance County
NW Ohio Educational Service Center Defiance Area YMCA
Ohio Department of Youth Services  
Judicial Advisor  
Defiance County Juvenile Court Judge  

We are able to accomplish more together than we can in isolation.

Read the By-Laws of the Defiance County Family and Children First Council

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