Family & Children First Council (FCFC) partners with the community and families to enhance the well-being children and families by building community capacity, coordinating systems and services, and engaging families. Family and Children First Councils are mandated to perform four core functions as illustrated in the triangle below.
Ohio Early Intervention– The first 3 years of life are an important time for health and development of all children and starting intervention services early improves the child’s ability to develop and learn. If there may be concerns for a child’s development, the Service Coordinator, will assess if the child has a developmental delay and/or disability and will help the family navigate the systems and link services to help meet the child’s ongoing needs.
Wraparound– Wraparound is a process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families. It is not a program or a type of service, but a Child & Family Team based planning process used to develop plans of care that are individualized based on the strengths and culture of the child and family. The plan is needs driven, rather than service driven.
HOME Choice– Ohio’s HOME Choice program transitions eligible Ohioans from institutional settings to home and community-based settings, where they receive services and supports at home and in their communities. This program is offered for youth transitioning from qualifying residential facilities.
Cross Systems Training- Cross Systems Training is a quarterly training that is available to help educate participants about social service agencies and resources available in Champaign County
C.H.A.M.P.S.– C.H.A.M.P.S. (Changing Habits and Making Positive Strides) is a youth-led, county wide organization that aims to not only reduce, but eliminate drug and alcohol abuse in our community. CHAMPS youth does so through educating, advocating, and changing policy.