The Governor's Children's Initiative is tasked with leading Governor DeWine's efforts on home visiting, quality child care, children's mental and physical health, and the foster care system. To assist the Children's Initiative in its efforts, Governor DeWine has also reinvigorated Ohio Family and Children First and established the Office of Children Services Transformation. These office, along with sector-specific working groups, help the Governor's Children's Initiative transform and improve the many systems that serve our children and families.
The Office of Children Services Transformation was created by executive order 2019-04D and reports directly to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director, Kimberly Hall. The Children Services Transformation is tasked with reforming Ohio's foster care system, including: enhancing state-county relationships, developing and sustaining best practices, and emphasizing the rights of children.
Established in 1993, Ohio Family and Children First (OFCF) is defined as the Governor's Children's Cabinet with the purpose of streamlining and coordinating government services for children and families.
On his first full day in office, Governor DeWine signed executive order 2019-07D, establishing the Governor's Advisory Council on Home Visitation, with the goal of developing recommendations on how to enhance Ohio's home visiting system.