Effective March 1, 2021: Family & Children First Council has moved to Mercer County Educational Service Center (ESC).

Mercer County’s Family & Children First Coordinator, Beth Guggenbiller, can be reached via email fcfc@mercercountyesc.org or phone 419-586-6628, ext. 250

Family & Children First (FCFC) believes that effective coordination of services includes delivery of high quality services; reducing and eliminating duplicative efforts among agencies and barriers to collaboration; integration of community and family supports; and a full utilization of funding resources.

The work of Family & Children First Council (FCFC) is results oriented. We employ ongoing evaluation of outcomes to ensure effectiveness.


We Provide Assistance For Families!

Family & Children First Council coordinates people & processes to increase the access, capacity, and effectiveness of services for the most vulnerable of Mercer County’s youth, those whose needs extend beyond any single  youth-serving program.

  • Engaging & Empowering Families
  • Building Community Capacity
  • Coordinating Systems & Services
  • Developing Shared Accountability


Any Mercer County family with a child or youth (age birth through 21 years) in need of a coordinated inter-disciplinary plan to address their unique needs is eligible for service coordination through FCFC. Referrals typically come through provider agencies, but any family has the right to self refer for service coordination.

Join Us At C.O.L.T. Meetings!

C.O.L.T. (Community Organizations Linking Together) serves as an Advisory Board for Family & Children First Council. The mission of C.O.L.T.  is to actively assess needs in the Mercer County community and to promote the delivery of effective and efficient services to meet those needs through the coordination of existing resources.

C.O.L.T. Advisory Board Meetings are open to the public and are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Mercer County Central Services Building, 220 W. Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio 45822 (see schedule below).

January 14, 2021

February 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

April 8, 2021

May 13, 2021

June 10, 2021

July 8, 2021

August 12, 2021

September 9, 2021

October 14, 2021

November 11, 2021

December 9, 2021

Office Hours:

By Appointment Only


419-586-6628, Ext 250

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