About Us

Community Programs

All people have strengths and potential. We provide services that build on strengths and allow potential to flourish.

Our History

Highlights from over 40 years of serving our community.

1977

Child Focus incorporated.


1982

Became a Head Start preschool provider.


1989

Foster Care began.


2000

K-12 Mental Health services began.


2020

Child Focus expands Adult Mental Health services.

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1977

Child Focus provided a single service: diagnostic services for developmental disabilities.

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1982

Head Start is a federal preschool program providing child development and school readiness services for low income children and their families.

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1989

We continue to provide Therapeutic Foster Care, trauma-informed care serving children with behavioral issues.

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2000

Child Focus has been providing mental health in schools since 1998 at our Day Treatment program and the Genesis School.

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2020

Adult Mental Health services include therapy, parenting education and medication services via in-office or telehealth.

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Child Focus Over the Years

Child Focus incorporated in 1977 under the direction of Jim Carter, Founder and CEO, and a dynamic volunteer Board of Directors who aggressively sought quality services for the children and families of Clermont County. Child Focus was awarded Federal Head Start preschool funding and expanded our children’s mental health services in 1982.

Today, Child Focus continues to be embedded and woven into a regional community infrastructure and serves as a safety net with relationships with juvenile court, child, family and adult services, law enforcement, child care centers, schools and medical providers. Over the course of four decades, the breadth and scope of mental health and early learning services has expanded in response to evolving community needs, a process which continues today.

Our Mission

The mission of Child Focus is to join with communities in improving the quality of life for children, families and adults. Child Focus is a leader in the industries of early childhood and behavioral health by creating responsive and innovative programs in collaboration with individuals, families, community agencies and institutions. Our early care and education, prevention and treatment programs improve coping mechanisms, provide support, promote school readiness and success and encourage growth and self-sufficiency for the children, families and adults in our community.

 

Current Operations

Today, Child Focus directly serves over 20,000 children, families and adults annually. A private, non-profit 501(c)(3) agency, its 360+ staff, 1,137 volunteers and 35 foster families help provide a broad range of early learning, mental health, school, foster care and community services. With over forty years of experience in the community, an agency budget of $20 million dollars and serving 17 counties last year, our spectrum of services includes outpatient individual, family and group therapy, diagnostic testing, psychiatric services, day treatment, mental health prevention and support services in schools, mobile crisis, management of a county-wide 24-hour crisis hotline (528-SAVE), parent education, foster care, Life Skills preparation, Head Start and early learning programs for children ages prenatal to kindergarten, before and after school programs for K-5, community programs and professional training.

Child Focus provides these services in over 140 schools and preschools, pediatric offices, juvenile courts, Job and Family Services, other community locations and in hundreds of homes in southern Ohio communities including Clermont, Brown, Hamilton, Butler, Adams, Highland and Warren counties. In addition to serving the Greater Cincinnati area, Child Focus community consultation, programs and trainings, including school violence, child abuse prevention, trauma-informed care and bullying prevention, reach regional to international markets.