Adam Fohlen, Managing Attorney for Montgomery County’s Child Support Enforcement Agency, recently received the Key to Our Success award from the Ohio Child Support Director’s Association (OCDA).
One of only two recipients for the annual award, Fohlen earned it for his work with the Parenting Time Opportunities for Children program. The program creates a parenting time agreement for qualifying parents, saving them about $120 in court costs. It also encourages cooperative co-parenting and links parents to resources. With 114 orders and 190 parents participating since April 2015, Montgomery County has the state’s most active PTOC program by far.
“I was completely surprised and extremely touched,” said Fohlen. “I come to work every day because I enjoy helping people, and it is nice to have people in my field acknowledging me. Having involved parents helps the children emotionally, and they also tend to pay more support.”
“Adam has enthusiastically shared Montgomery County’s plan and documents including the parenting guide, advertising materials and newsletters with several other Ohio counties to help them jumpstart their programs,” said Amy Roehnrenbeck, Esq., OCDA’s Senior Policy Analyst. “He has also hosted video conferences and in-person visits with other counties to help them in establishing a PTOC program.”Fohlen was also recognized for innovation within the PTOC program he leads. He started the First Book Initiative, whereby both parents on the PTOC order receive an age-appropriate book to keep at their respective homes each quarter. To date, the initiative has distributed more than 1,000 books.