Program Overview

Sometimes parents need help. If your child is struggling with a mental health issue, educational success, a developmental delay/disability, an alcohol or drug problem, or a combination of these things you may qualify for a Child and Family Team (CFT). Sharing your family’s story may be difficult, especially if you are sharing it with strangers or having to tell it multiple times. The Child and Family Team wraparound program is individualized and strength-based.  The program works to empower parents and youth to be strong advocates for their needs.

A CFT is a team made up of family members, school staff, and service provider(s), who meet with you to share information, use collaborative strategies, and provide assistance to remove barriers to services that a child or family needs. The Child and Family Team process offers services in the least restrictive environment, while trying to maintain children in their most natural settings.

CFT meetings are a safe place for families to gain access to needed services, work collaboratively through existing barriers, and gain advice from local professionals.

Local Partners

  • Caring Kitchen – homeless shelter and soup kitchen
  • Champaign County Public Schools – public education entities  (Graham, Mechanicsburg Exempted Village, Triad Local, Urbana City, and West-Liberty Salem)
  • Champaign County Board Developmental Disabilities – supporting individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services – public assistance, child welfare, employment, and child support
  • Champaign County Domestic Relations-Juvenile-Probate (Family) Court
  • Champaign County Early Intervention/Help Me Grow – early intervention and home visitation for children 0-3
  • Madison-Champaign Educational Services Center
  • Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties
  • Mercy REACH – alcohol, drug and tobacco treatment programs
  • Urbana Family Medicine & Pediatrics –  adult & pediatric services
  • Parent Advocacy Connection – peer advocacy supports
  • Parent Mentor – Jacqueline Howley – assistance with understanding the special education process and parental rights within special education
  • Project Woman – domestic violence shelter and programming
  • Sycamore House – pregnancy center and supportive services
  • Bridges Community Action Partnership- PIP/HEAP (utility) assistance
  • Wellspring – mental health provider, special focus on early childhood

How to make a referral

All Champaign County families who wish to participate in a CFT must complete a referral packet (link to packet below) or contact our office for assistance with completion of referral paperwork.  In addition, all Champaign County social service agencies, organizations, schools, and the juvenile court who work with children have the ability to make a referral to the CFT program.

The child(ren) should meet the following criteria:

  • Custodial parent must be a resident of Champaign County.
  • The child(ren) must not be over the age of 21 years.
  • The child(ren) must have multiple-system unmet needs.

While completing a referral, the parent, custodian, or guardian must agree to participate in the CFT program and sign the CFT Universal Release of Confidential Information form. Participation in the CFT program is voluntary and parents have the right to opt out of services at any time.  Referrals can be faxed to (937) 652-2648, emailed to, or mailed to:

ATTN: Program Coordinator
Champaign County Family and Children First Council
312 Patrick Avenue
Urbana, OH 43078

Service Coordination Matrix:
This link below will share how each county in Ohio delivers service coordination to families. 
Once linked to the Ohio Family and Children First Council page, click on Service Coordination Matrix and scroll down to Champaign County.