The mission of The Logan County Family & Children First Council is to facilitate collaboration among child and family serving systems to plan, develop, and coordinate services and resources for children, youth, and their families.
1. Building Capacity for Community Change
Capacity in a collaborative has three main components, knowledge, action, and a plan. KNOW of organizations, programs and resources available in the community along with groups who share our interests. ACT by recruiting members, having a clear organizational structure, ensuring legal standing with non-profit status, receive in-kind and financial support from partners. PLAN to increase membership, outreach, leadership, and cultural competency along with having a solid organizational chart. (S.A.M.H.S.A Strategic Prevention Framework; Public Health Model)
2. Creating Community Change—Accountability
The Council is responsible to develop, maintain, and monitor an accountability system that establishes local indicators to evaluate and prioritize services, fills service gaps where possible, and invent new approaches to achieve better results for families and children –O.R.C. 121.37(B)(2)(b), (d)-(c). This process is reported in an annual plan that identifies county’s interagency efforts to increase child well-being -O.R.C. 121.37(B)(2)(c).
3. Coordinating Systems and Services
Council is responsible for developing and monitoring a service coordination mechanism for how agencies will work together to coordinate services and resources for multi-need children -O.R.C. 121.37(C).
Council is responsible for the development of county-wide, comprehensive, coordinated, mulit-disciplinary, interagency system for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays and their families, as established pursuant to federal grants received and administered by the department of health-O.R.C.(B)(2)(c).
HISTORY OF COUNCIL
In 1994 the Logan County Family & Children First Council was established as a continuation of the Logan/ Champaign County joint Cluster that formed in 1987 and re-organized as the Logan/Champaign County Family & Children First Council in 1992 per Governor Celeste’s Executive Order.
Formalizing the collaborative, in 1995 the Council was designated as a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable trust. Further legitimization of the Council collaborative occurred with the 1996 passing of House Bill 274, which provided legislative authority to the state and county council’s.
In 2008, Project Child merged their non-profit to Council. Project Child was reformatted by Council to its original mission of an early childhood collaborative committee. In 2009, Council became a United Way affiliate agency.