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ODJFS Announces Statewide Ohio Certification for Agencies & Families (OCAF) System

ODJFS has announced that the Ohio Certification for Agencies and Families (OCAF) will be used statewide to streamline and standardize the inquiry, application, and certification process for foster and/or adoptive homes, as well as agencies, in Ohio. This portal will provide one source for certification of agencies and families.

OCAF will be developed and implemented in phases, with Phase 1 expected to go-live at the end of October 2022.

Phase 1 will allow agencies to enter inquiries they have received into OCAF, send inquiry packet information through portal messages to prospective families, and accept electronic foster care and/or adoptive applications (the JFS 01691) from prospective families.

Future phases of OCAF will include a full integration to Ohio SACWIS. Items used in the Provider Module of Ohio SACWIS, such as the homestudy, certification, recertification, rule violations, and activity logs will eventually be added in to OCAF. The goal is for families, agencies, and agency workers to be able to enter and maintain all certification activities in OCAF. These phases are expected to be implemented in 2023 and 2024.

Please contact us with any questions.


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