Neighborhood Collaboratives

The mission of DCFS is to assure that children at risk of abuse and neglect are protected and nurtured within a family and with the support of the community. Neighborhood Collaboratives are a critical part of fulfilling that mission. We believe children and their families need community resources at their fingertips when times get tough.

DCFS has contracted agreements with ten organizations operating 13 collaboratives county-wide. These neighborhood -based organizations provide resources and support for families in order to prevent their involvement with DCFS. They also work with families that are already involved with our agency by offering support to stabilize family dynamics and return or maintain children safely at home. Collabs also serve as a community voice, advocate and resource on behalf of children’s well- being, often working with DCFS staff to identify best options to help insure child safety and permanency.

Collabs provide or connect families to a myriad of services, including:

  • assistance with basic needs
  • early childhood/youth services
  • substance abuse services
  • parenting classes
  • counseling
  • housing referrals
  • employment assistance
  • education
  • health and wellness

List of current Neighborhood Collaboratives

Catholic Charities
Fatima Family Center
6809 Quimby
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 361-1244 or (216) 391-0505 
  Catholic Charities
St. Martin De Porres
1264 East 123rd Street
Cleveland, OH 44108
(216) 268-3909
Heights Suburban Collaborative
at The Center for Families and Children
1941 S. Taylor
Cleveland, OH 44118
(216) 325-9132
HSC-The Center for Families and Children
  Harvard Community Services Center
18240 Harvard Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44128
(216) 991-8585
City of Lakewood
12900 Madison Avenue 
Lakewood, OH 44107 
(216) 529-6870 
  Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
(Resident Services Department)
6001 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44104 
(216) 361-2367
East End Neighborhood House
2749 Woodhill 
Cleveland, OH 44104
(216) 791-9378 or (216) 707-6000
  Murtis Taylor Human Services System
East Cleveland 
16005 Terrace Road
East Cleveland, OH 44112
(216) 681-2141 

Murtis Taylor Human Services System
5522 Turney Road 
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
(216) 283-4400 


Murtis Taylor Human Services System
Mt. Pleasant 
13422 Kinsman Road 
Cleveland, OH 44120
(216) 283-4400


Parma City School District
5210 Loya Parkway 
Parma, OH 44134
(440) 887-4873


University Settlement
4800 Broadway Avenue 
Cleveland, OH 44127 
(216) 641-8948

West Side Community House
9300 Lorain Avenue 
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 771-7297 




Since the founding of settlement houses during the late 1800’s, Cleveland families have received neighborhood-based services for over 135 years. The philosophy of the settlement house movement, “providing everything a family needs in their neighborhood under one roof” is still embraced by these multi-service neighborhood-based organizations.

Through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 1994, the Family-to-Family (F2F) Neighborhood Collaboratives were formed. DCFS ultimately chose ten neighborhoods to work in collaboration with neighborhood organizations to develop a way of keeping children in placement in their neighborhoods by developing more neighborhood-based foster care options. Over the years, each collaborative has developed in different ways with different infrastructures and processes based on the individual agencies and neighborhood characteristics. Each of the now 12 Collaboratives is shepherded by a lead agency that contracts with DCFS to coordinate the activities of the Collaboratives and to provide recruitment and family support services to families in the foster care systems in those neighborhoods.

Collectively they share the distribution of responsibility to represent various neighborhoods in the county, including inner ring suburbs. Together they also developed and lead the Council of Neighborhood Leaders as a way to offer one voice for the collective and effectively streamline their services in collaboration with the county.