On January 17, 1995, the Grand Rapids City Commission made a commitment to the area’s youth by adopting a resolution that supported community-defined standards for all children in Kent County . This resolution was titled “Our Children, Our Future.” Mayor John Logie established the Child Well-Being Task Force in March of that same year, in order to assess city operations, and make recommendations to better fulfill these new standards. The task force presented seven recommendations to the City Commission upon completion of their assessment.
A partnership was created through the City Commission/Board of Education Liaison Committee comprised of three City Commissioners and three Board of Education members. A statement of joint goals and objectives addressing issues of children, youth and families was created by the committee, and was adopted by their respective bodies in June 1997.
Lynn Heemstra, OCC’s first administrator, was hired in August, 1998 to develop the office.