Our Community Our Kids FAQ

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about OCOK.                                     Click on a question to view it’s answer or download a PDF.

Foster Care Redesign is an initiative of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to initiate a new way of providing foster care services that relies on a single source continuum contractor (SSCC) within various geographic areas. The contractor is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services. 
The goals of Foster Care Redesign are to:
  • Keep children and youth closer to home and connected to their communities and siblings.
  • Improve the quality of care and outcomes for children and youth.
  • Reduce the number of times children are moved between foster homes.
ACH Child and Family Services has a long history of serving communities in north Texas across a broad range of services designed to protect children and preserve families. ACH is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1915 and for 99 years has focused on protecting children and preserving families. ACH has an excellent
history of quality services, financial stability, and community involvement and expertise needed to achieve the aggressive goals proposed by Foster Care Redesign.
No, ACH will be one of the many providers within the network and there are no plans for ACH to become the only provider for the SSCC. ACH believes a strong network of providers, all working together for children and families, can bring unique skills, innovative approaches, and the diversity needed to achieve the changes Foster Care Redesign aims to achieve. To highlight a commitment to this approach, ACH has created a new division called Our Community Our Kids (OC-OK), to operate the SSCC. ACH will continue to provide foster care and adoption services while OC-OK oversees the network.
Our Community Our Kids is a division of ACH that will be dedicated to the deployment and management of the SSCC contract. It will be supported by ACH, but will operate independently from ACH programs and services, with a specific focus on developing, supporting, and managing the network of providers that will be developed to support the SSCC contract.
It includes seven counties: Erath, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant.
Any licensed Texas Child Placing Agency in good standing with TDFPS and a commitment to improving foster care outcomes can apply to be a part of the network. For information on becoming part of the network, call Pem Tomaselli at 817.886.7181.
Youth currently in foster care will begin transitioning to Our Community Our Kids on July 1, 2014. The process of transitioning youth currently in care to Our Community Our Kids will last for up to six months. New referrals to OC-OK will begin September 1, 2014.
Foster Care Redesign offers a unique opportunity to create a new and improved system for helping youth overcome abuse and neglect. Our Community Our Kids was created with the specific intent of engaging providers and stakeholders in the development of a network and array of services to improve outcomes. If you are interested in being included, please contact Our Community Our Kids by emailing us at [email protected] or on our website at OC-OK.org.
Foster Care Redesign is an initiative of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to initiate a new way of providing foster care services that relies on a single source continuum contractor (SSCC) within various geographic areas. The contractor is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services. 

Additional information about Foster Care Redesign can be found at the DFPS website.

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