Building Assets for Fathers and Families in Ohio

Training Events
March 26, 2013 - Akron
April 9, 2013 - Cincinnati
April 29, 2013 - Athens
May 1, 2013 - Cleveland
May 6, 2013 - Dayton
May 21, 2013 - Toledo/Port Clinton
May 30, 2013 - Ashtabula
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BAFF is an innovative collaboration between government and non-profits to reach an underserved population comprised primarily of noncustodial parents who are in the child support system. BAFF is a program that combines the strengths of financial education organizations, county child support offices, and fatherhood-related organizations to focus on the financial needs of low-income parents with child support orders. BAFF encourages non-custodial parents engaged with the child support system to enroll in and complete a series of financial education sessions, with the goal of strengthening the parent's ability to pay his or her child support, providing for his or her children, and taking an active role in parenthood.

In the spring of 2011, the Ohio CDC Association, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, the Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families, and the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services developed a statewide approach called BAFF Ohio to connect low income noncustodial parents to financial education and asset building programs. Prior to BAFF, asset programs were underutilized by low income noncustodial parents in Ohio.

On the local level, BAFF Ohio partnered with child support agencies, fatherhood agencies, and organizations that offer asset building strategies. To that end, the BAFF Ohio consortium launched the BAFF project in Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties. OCDCA member organizations, SmartMoney Community Services and Neighborhood Progress, Inc. (NPI) were selected to provide financial education and other asset building services to the target population in their respective communities. In addition to becoming financially savvy, the noncustodial parent has the opportunity to right size their child support order and reinforces compliance with the child support agency for the benefit of the obligor's children. Rather than taking a reactive approach, the BAFF collaboration allows for services to meet the needs of the parents and to create lasting change in the entire family's life.

In the spring of 2013, BAFF Ohio will hold eight regional cross-training events for child support workers, fatherhood practitioners, and asset building or financial education providing organizations. These are free trainings for networking and educational development to replicate the BAFF model throughout the state of Ohio.