Our Community Our Kids

Our Community, Our Kids (OCOK) believes that abused and neglected children who live in our community belong in our community.

OUR GOALS

Maintaining the safety of children while they are in our care

Keeping children within 50 miles of their home communities

Reducing the number of times children are moved between foster homes

Keeping siblings together

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What is Community-Based Care?

Community-Based Care is a new way of providing foster care services. It gives local communities the flexibility and authority to improve the system. Within a geographical service area, a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) contracts with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to coordinate and deliver services to children in foster care and their families. Our Community Our Kids is a division of ACH Child and Family Services and is the SSCC for DFPS Region 3b.

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Our Community Our Kids Expands into Case Management

In 2020, the Fort Worth nonprofit will begin working with biological families of kids in foster care.

Since 2014, Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) has transformed the foster care system in North Texas and improved outcomes for kids from Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant counties. The work to date has focused on strengthening local capacity to meet the needs of children within their local communities. Now OCOK is taking the next evolutionary step by assuming case management responsibilities for the biological families of children in foster care.

This is a big step for the community-based care movement in Texas, because it marks the first time a nonprofit child welfare organization has had the opportunity to work directly with biological families, work traditionally performed exclusively by state workers. Under OCOK’s new contract, existing Child Protective Services workers will transition to OCOK in order to maintain continuity of children’s workers.

The OCOK team is energized and excited about the opportunity to work directly with biological families because it means service planning and coordination for both children and families can be more tightly integrated, resulting in better decision-making and quicker permanency for children.

With the shift in case management responsibilities, slated to begin March 2020, OCOK will also assume management of kinship care, in which a child is placed with relatives rather than licensed foster parents. This means the full continuum of substitute care and the full continuum of family services will be coordinated by a single contractor, OCOK, accountable for improving quality and delivering specific, measurable outcomes. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will retain responsibility for investigations, removal decisions, and licensing.

OCOK is a division of ACH Child and Family Services, a nonprofit organization founded in 1915 and dedicated to protecting children and preserving families in North Texas. OCOK oversees a regional network of 37 child-placing organizations and more than a hundred other service providers. Together with these organizations and many other stakeholders and community partners, OCOK has led the way in pioneering community-based care in Texas. Now OCOK looks forward to the challenges and opportunities inherent in this new chapter of community-based care.

For more information, visit the state’s Community-Based Care page

 

Community-Based Care 

In 2014, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services selected ACH as the SSCC for Texas Region 3b. Soon thereafter, Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) assumed full responsibility for the region’s foster care system, managing the continuum of care provided to children in foster care and their families.

See our progress by viewing our current Community-Based Care: Bringing Kids Home Brochure.

Under Community-Based Care, an SSCC is responsible for:  

  • Developing foster care capacity
  • Building a Network of providers
  • Engaging the community to help
  • Foster Care placement services

When did Community-Based Care Begin?

Community-Based Care began in stages by expanding to a few designated service areas at a time. Within each designated service area, DFPS will implement Community-Based Care in two stages.

In Stage I, the SSCC will:

  • Develop a network of services
  • Provide foster care placement services
  • Improve the overall well-being of children in foster care
  • Keep children closer to home
  • Keep children connected to their communities and families

In Stage II, the SSCC will:

  • Provide case management
  • Provide kinship services
  • Provide reunification services
  • Expand the continuum of services to include services for families
  • Increase permanency outcomes for children

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