After six years with CZC, Doug and Sylvia decided that it was time to develop a group home program of their own and they were the original incorporators of the Ohio Teaching-Family Association (OTFA). They were joined by friends and colleagues who had years of experience in the Teaching-Family Model.
Doug and Sylvia enjoy working with older adolescent boys preparing for adulthood. They are licensed to provide care for ten foster sons in their home in Swanton, Ohio. The Lee home is located just outside the Village of Swanton on what used to be a ten-acre horse farm. Sylvia enjoys cooking, decorating, landscape and gardening. She enjoys spending time in her evolving English garden and teaching her foster sons about plants. Sylvia occasionally dusts off the piano and teaches the kids music as well as accompanying singing at Christmas and celebrations.
Doug loves working in the garage where the Lees and several of their older foster sons have developed a welding shop; a woodworking shop, a bicycle shop and mechanics shop with a professional automotive lift. Their foster sons always have opportunities to learn carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, and general maintenance through one of the ongoing projects around the house, helping neighbors, or helping build Habitat for Humanity homes. They guys also have opportunities to earn extra money by working for the Lees or through employment in the Swanton area.
Sylvia and Doug take pride in being Teaching-Parents, and they are also active in community affairs. Sylvia has been an officer in school related organizations. Doug is a past president of the Swanton Rotary Club and a past member of the Swanton Board of Education. He is also executive director of the Ohio Teaching-Family Association.