OHIO FAMILY & CHILDREN FIRST COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION
AN INTERVIEW WITH JANICE HOUCHINS
FCFC DIRECTOR-STARK COUNTY
Many of you know Janice Houchins, Stark County FCFC Director. What you may not know, is that before moving to her position in Stark County, Janice worked for fourteen years in the state Ohio Family & Children First Office. Her employment at the Family & Children First Office started in 1998 where she worked first as a Family Engagement Coordinator (two years) and then a Regional Coordinator (twelve years). Having worked at both the state level and the county level, Janice is in a unique position. I had an opportunity in March interview Janice and to find out about her thoughts about Family & Children First.
1. You worked at the Family & Children First Office for a long time. What prompted you to move to a county-level position?
As a Regional Coordinator, I worked with 31 counties. I got to see these counties in action and learn about some really innovative and exciting projects. I wanted to be part of that, be able to more directly impact families get in the mix of it. When I heard of the opening in Stark County, the timing was good for me to make a change and I live in Stark County. Regional Coordinators do a lot of traveling and I was ready to not be on the road so much.
2. What was the best thing about working at the state-level?
I got to see how different councils function and the many ways councils were creative in helping the families they serve. I got to see what worked and what didn't. Working at the state level gave me a broad perspective and I enjoyed sharing ideas and providing support/technical assistance/coaching.
3. You've been in your current position for several years now. What do you find most challenging?
That's easy- trying to find time to get everything done. There is always so much going on and it is hard, at times, to stay focused on the priorities. It is easy to get stretched too thin.
4. What advice would you give to new coordinators/directors?
I would encourage them to get out and meet their council members one-on-one. It is important to get to know them as individuals, find out why they are involved in the council, and what they value about the council. Ask them if they can think of any opportunities for the council
I would also encourage new coordinators/directors to participate in regional and association meetings as much as possible. It is so important to share ideas, find out what is happening, and connect with others who know what you are experiencing. Even if you have a lot of local support, it is unlikely that anyone in your county truly understands what being an FCFC coordinator/director is all about.
CHAD HIBBS-OFCF DIRECTOR
All Shared Plans were approved when submitted and we were very impressed with the level of work that has been identified in these plans. A great many of the plans indicated work around Trauma-Informed Care, Multi-System Youth and School Readiness/Success.
The OFCF review only focused on the relationship between the identified Shared Measurement indicators and the listed Mutually Reinforcing Activities. We wanted to make sure that the proper measurement indicators were identified to determine the effectiveness of your chosen activities and their relation to the stated Shared Priority and Shared Outcome.
Based on this review, we are offering a set of recommendations for your review as your county begins developing the initial Shared Plan Update that will be due in July as a requirement for the SFY 2018 Operational Capacity Building Funds application process. These recommendations are only meant to encourage a closer look at the Mutually Reinforcing Activities that were presented, and the best way that those activities could be measured to identify progress towards achieving the stated Shared Outcome and Shared Priority. Your OFCF Regional Coordinator will be in touch soon to provide you with our feedback of your plan.
Current plans do not need to be revised and resubmitted. All revisions can be made as part of the Plan Update process, but we would be more than willing to accept any revisions at any time to ensure that your county's most accurate plan is listed on our website.
Per a request from the association, here a just a few of the counties from each region that could be viewed as models in the way that their county's Shared Plan was developed: Hocking, Lake, Lucas, and Stark counties. There are many more that should be included on this list, but these four counties provide a variety of reach of plans, focus areas of the plan, and work associated with their stated priorities. It really was a great effort by all!
We look forward to working with all of you as you continue to develop and refine your plans over the next few years.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS !!!!!
Several of you have indicated that the sooner you have the dates for the association's annual meeting, the better. Dates for the 2017 OFCFCA Annual Meeting have been set:
OCTOBER 16 & OCTOBER 17, 2017
The Engage Family Advisory Council Transition Toolkit for Families is now available for printing and downloading: https://directory.redtreehouse.org/ResourceDetails.aspx?dg=62b03853fcbd4d4aa9747c655e38e5fc
Mercer County's Trauma Informed Care Group will be sponsoring a training by
on June 1, 2017. Contact Anne Ly, Mercer County FCFC Coordinator, for more information
419-586-4663 (extension 1004)
WEBSITE OF THE QUARTER
This website was made for FCFC coordinators/directors! It has everything you need to know but didn't know who to ask about a wide range of topics relevant to working with a local FCFC. In addition to great information, there are practical skill building steps. Topics covered include creating and maintaining partnerships, increasing participation, social marketing, analyzing community problems and solutions. The Community Tool Box is distributed by the
Work Group for Community Health and Development
at the University of Kansas (cbt.ku.edu/en). There is something on this website that would be helpful to every county .
Check it out!
Missy Ussher (Champaigne)
Diane Karther (Ashland)
Stacy Shaw (Hancock)
Whitney Neer (Logan)
Christine Ruff (Medina)
Katy Fox (Wood)
HERE'S WHAT YOU THINK!
Question of the quarter: What fictional character do you think would have made a GREAT FCFC coordinator/director?
The most frequent response was WONDER WOMAN because FCFC coordinators/directors: rescue people, accomplish the impossible, and have to look great at all times !
Another frequent response was MARY POPPINS because we need to find unique ways of helping the families we serve, we do it all, and we need to pull magic out of our bag every so often!
Other responses included:
Molly Weasley and Jean Granger from Harry Potter. Molly because she made room for everyone. Jean because was an overachiever who kept up with changes, and because she was very logical and very upright. Besides, there is a little witch in all of us!
Charlotte (from Charlotte's web) because she was loyal, a good friend, a leader, and she always advocated for the underdog.
Liz Lemon (from 30 Rock) because she had a great sense of humor and went with the flow. In addition, she was a bit quirky!
Edward Scissor-Hand because we often have to undertake a flurry of wild activity that ends up producing something amazing.
Phil (from Groundhog Day) because many of us are still learning how the heck to do this job!!!
APRIL 15, 2017
Expenditure and Program Report
APRIL 10, 2017 (for March)
MAY 10, 2017 (for April)
JUNE 10, 2017 (for (May)
Monthly Expenditure Reports
(If you are on a monthly reimbursement.)
APRIL 10, 2017 (for January-March)
Quarterly Expenditure Report
(If you are on a quarterly reimbursement.)
APRIL 15, 2017
HV Cost Report and Program Report
APRIL 15, 2017
Expenditure and Program Report
JUNE 14, 2017
SFY18 Allocation Application
SYSTEM OF CARE (FCSS)
APRIL 12, 2017
Deadline to submit RAR form for reimbursement funds for April processing if no previous RARs have been submitted.
MAY 10, 2017
Deadline to submit RAR form for May processing.
JUNE 5, 2017
Deadline to submit RAR form for June processing.
JUNE 30, 2017
Deadline to spend all SFY17 FCSS funds.
MEETING & TRAINING DATES
APRIL 5, 2017
Crisis and Safety (Tiffin)
APRIL 25, APRIL 26, & MAY 2, 2017
Three-day Facilitator Training (Batavia)
MAY 9, 2017
Crisis and Safety (Akron)
JUNE 8, 2017
Wraparound Supervision (Columbus)
JUNE 13, 2017
Effective Engagement (Cambridge)
APRIL 28, 2017
MAY 19, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting
OFCF REGIONAL MEETINGS
MAY 18, 2017- Findlay
MAY 19, 2017- Canton
MAY 22, 2017 - Zanesville
MAY 24, 2017- Dayton
MAY31, 2017- Jackson
ALWAYS CHECK IF IN DOUBT!
Things change and typos occur so always check with the sponsoring group if in doubt about any due date or meeting/training date.
We're in This Together-Lessons from Geese
(from Camp Edison)
Why do geese fly in a V formation? Scientists have learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the entire flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Lesson 2- When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation with those who are headed in the same direction. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in he formation with those who are headed the same way we are going. It is harder to do something alone than together.