The Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences was founded in 1909 as the Ohio Home Economics Association. OAFCS is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to improve the quality of individual and family life. The nature of family and consumer sciences and the program of the association have evolved as a result of changes in resources, family functions, culture, and the discovery of new knowledge in the basic disciplines and the application of research. We follow the same mission and vision as our National Association.
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is recognized as the driving force in bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities.
The mission of the AAFCS is to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.
Our Core Values
- Believes in the family as a fundamental unit of society.
- Embraces diversity and values all people.
- Is dedicated to life-long learning and diverse scholarship.
- Prepares new professionals.
- Exemplifies integrity and ethical behavior.
- Seeks new ideas and is open to change.
- Promotes an integrative and holistic approach to the Body of Knowledge.
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field represents many areas, including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition, and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues.
Today’s FCS professionals practice in multiple settings. They are early childhood, elementary, secondary, university/college, and Extension educators, administrators and managers, human service professionals, researchers, community volunteers, business people, and consultants who address the issues most important to our quality of life.