OCDC serves low income and migrant children and families, which are typically at a disadvantage when it comes to having access to healthcare, childcare, educational and job training programs and the provisions for meeting basic needs. At the core of our services to the family is the practice of empowering parents by supporting their own development so that they may nurture the development of their children in the context of their family and culture. Our family and community partnerships process prepares parents to support their children as well as advocate for themselves in the community as they will need to do once they transition out of OCDC.
OCDC utilizes a collaborative, strengths-based approach to partner with families in identifying their own strengths, needs and interests and in finding their own solutions. Individual Family Partnership Agreements provide OCDC and each family we work with a plan for addressing their unique needs and interests. These sometimes include the need of assistance in accessing community resources. OCDC encourages self-sufficiency skills by providing families with the tools to independently access community services to best meet their individual needs, whenever appropriate. Families receive support directly from us or through referrals to the community in accessing the following types of services: emergency or crisis assistance (food, housing, clothing, and transportation); mental health counseling and education (substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence); continuing education and employment training; and family literacy services.
In order to provide the highest level of services to our children and families, we continually promote partnerships with local, state, and national community agencies. As a result of collaborating with community providers, OCDC is able to provide the broadest spectrum of services possible to our children and their families. Working with community partners also fosters the ongoing development of family centered services in the community. As a family service agency, we advocate for a community that shares responsibility for the healthy development of children and families of all cultures. – less–ZoomInfo