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Congratulations Leadership Cohort Class of 2023!

The 2023 Leadership Cohort held its graduation ceremony on May 4.

Leadership Cohort members have been meeting monthly since September of 2022, engaging in opportunities to build relationships, expand their knowledge of community providers, challenges and opportunities, and strengthening their leadership skills to create a county-wide leadership network of providers with in-depth knowledge of child and family serving systems. 

Row 1- Stephanie Bennett, Crystal Sipe, Madison Kirkpatrick, Lataya Croom, Yvonne Williams, Patty Warner, Jeffrey Lemichuk, Diana Alexander. Row 2- Miriam Ali, Ashley Palmer, Tiffany Nethers, Kat Robinson, Kandice Hosko, Melissa Shaw, Amy Grezlik.

Graduate, Miriam Ali, from Nationwide Children's Hospital, accepts her Certificate from Melanie Fling

Graduate Ashley Palmer is introduced as the newest member of the Children and Families First Council Team!

Fall: A Time to Reflect and Restore

As we move into the fall season, we encourage you to take time to rest and reflect. Resting your mind and body can help you re-connect to the wisdom and joy inside of you! 

Summer: A Time to Relax and Rejuvenate

Summer is often a time for vacations, slowing down and enjoying time away from day to day stressors. We encourage you to take time to relax this summer. 

Spring, A time to revive and renew! 

We hope this newsletter inspires you to take time this spring to reflect on the dreams you have for yourself. Whether big or small, maybe now is the time to bring your dream to life and start something better for you!


A time to pause and rest

As winter comes to an end, take time for some self-care and enjoy the tips and encouragement in the latest edition of the SOS Newsletter.

United Way of Licking County celebrates 90 years!
Children and Families First Council is proud to be a United Way of Licking County funded partner. Thank you for your support!

United Way of Licking County Community Partner's Council 

The April 12 Community Partner's Council forum educated the community on how to protect and support the youngest members of our community. Presenters included Licking County Job and Family Services Child Protective Services staff - Kim Wilhelm, Protective Services Administrator; Courtney Turner, Screening and Intake Supervisor and Melanie Fling, Multi-System Services Supervisor with Licking County Children and Families First Council.

Rounding out the panel were Tara Clark, School Counselor with Heath City Schools; Alicia Smith, Program Manager of Family and Childcare Services with Action for Children; Beth Rutter, Early Childhood Team Leader and Early Intervention Contract Manager with the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Christine McKee, Coordinator and Victim Advocate with Licking Memorial Health Systems Kids’ Place Child Advocacy Center.

Leadership Cohort 2022-2023

The March 2 session of the Children and Families First Council's 
Leadership Cohort 
focused on accessing Mental Health services. Leadership Cohort participants visited 15 different local providers’ tables and gathered information regarding their services.
CFFC's Clinical Committee, hosts the annual Leadership Cohort with the purpose of: 
  • Creating a county-wide leadership network of providers with in-depth knowledge of child and family serving systems.

  • Building relationships across systems of care to encourage collaborations that support families, providers and systems.

  • Strengthening individual leadership skills through problem solving and dissemination of knowledge gained.

  • Expanding provider knowledge of community challenges and opportunities.

Licking County Children and Families First Council staff thank Mental Health America of Licking County for presenting CFFC with the 2022 Marion S. Wells Mental Health Award. We also thank Penny Sitler and John Fisher for nominating CFFC Community Support Teaming Services for this award! 

We are honored to receive this award and we know that this recognition was only possible because of our partnership with the truly wonderful organizations in our community that work together to benefit children, families, and our community!

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