Founded in 1973 as Ohio’s first statewide child advocacy organization, OACCA provides leadership for Ohio’s at-risk children, families, and community providers.
We aim to ensure that Ohio’s evolving public policies result in a system that is integrated, efficient, cost effective, and beneficial to those that matter most – children and families. We work closely with state government officials, including leaders at ODJFS, OMHAS, the Governor’s office, General Assembly, and officials at the county and federal levels.
OACCA also provides professional education and training services. We convene projects aimed at improving care for children, including the Learning Community for Seclusion and Restraint Prevention and Ohio Fostering Connections. We hold over a dozen conferences and trainings each year on trauma informed care, management, and public policy topics.
Mission & Vision
Mission: OACCA applies the collective strength of its members to sustainably improve the provision of services to children, young adults, and families through policy advocacy, performance improvement, and member support.
Vision: the best system for better results.
Each year, thousands of Ohio children must be placed into foster care or receive community-based care and treatment services. Our member agencies provide those critical services, including foster care and adoption, community behavioral health, residential treatment, independent living, and specialized school services.
Many member agencies were founded in the 1800s by citizens concerned for children orphaned following cholera epidemics, natural disasters, and the Civil War. Some were founded in the early and mid 20th century in response to even more children orphaned following the first and second World Wars. More recently, several were founded to add to the array of high quality professional services for families and children, including those who come to the attention of the child protection, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.
Proud Members of:
- Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
- Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
- Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA)
- National Organization of State Associations for Children (NOSAC)
- Council on Accreditation (COA)
- National Council of Nonprofits
- Advocates for Ohio’s Future
- Coalition for Healthy Communities
- Ohio Adoption Planning Group (OAPG)
- Ohio Independent Living Association (OHILA)
- Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance
- Ohio Fostering Connections
- Ohio Reach