A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for February 20, 2018
Association Updates

Conference Committee meets
The Conference Committee met Feb. 9 to discuss the conference's theme, artwork, workshops and potential presenters. The committee will plan to have workshops that meet CEU, Ethics, CLE and Supervision credits. The Call for Presenters will be available in March. Any conference updates will be posted on the conference webpage .
 
Want to help the committee plan the conference? Be a member! Committee membership is open to staff at county PCSAs, OCWTP and RTCs. The benefits of being a member include a complimentary registration to attend the entire conference, recognition at the conference and in the conference program, and one complimentary three-day registration for your agency. To learn more about the Conference Committee, contact conference coordinator Jeed at Jeed@pcsao.org .

Ohio START Foundations Training - Part 2
Tina Willauer and Jennifer Foley from Children and Family Futures spent three days in Ohio last week providing day-long training on integrating family peer mentors into the child welfare system. Ohio START PCSAs and their partner agencies spent the day learning about the benefits and challenges of this new role within child welfare and creating action plans for successful implementation in their county. Staff from Children and Family Futures will return to Ohio for one additional START training in April. 

Rules update
As a reminder, 5101:2-1-01, Children services definitions of terms, is in pre-clearance until Mar. 9. The definition of "adopted young adult" and "substance-exposed infant" will be added to provide clarification. This will serve as a five-year review for this rule.

The following rules are also in pre-clearance until Mar. 4. These rules are being submitted for a five-year rule review. These rules regard voluntary custody, independent living and health checks for children in agency custody. The review will concentrate on clarifying areas of the rules for a clearer understanding for the PCSA/PCPA.
  • 5101:2-42-06
  • 5101:2-42-07
  • 5101:2-42-19
  • 5101:2-42-19.1
  • 5101:2-42-19.2
  • 5101:2-42-66
  • 5101:2-42-66.1
  • 5101:2-42-66.2
You can review and provide comments at http://ohiorulereview.org/ .

Amendments to Ohio Administrative Code rules 5101:2-42-65.1 and 5101:2-44-05.2 are in clearance until Mar. 1. Review and comment here . If you have questions, contact Mary Wachtel, mary@pcsao.org .
Child Protection in the News

Hamilton County voters could be asked this November to consider a property tax increase to cover the growing costs of caring for a record number of children entering foster care locally.

To help identify ways to keep child welfare caseworkers on the job longer, Child Protective Services of the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS) joined a national four-year study led by the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD). Champaign is one of eight Ohio counties in the study, which also includes children's services agencies in six other states and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
 
Acts of sexual assault or abuse are committed by individuals who are responsible for their actions, said Deborah Stoll, the director of the YWCA Northwest Ohio's rape crisis center. But institutions and businesses must create safe environments that support victims without rushing to judgment. Ms. Stoll said the best thing people can do is listen to victims who come forward, victims who often must overcome a great deal of fear and anxiety before telling their stories.
 
"What we saw when it came to serious injury, including fatalities, that after mom and dad being responsible for caring for the child, it is often that unrelated male adult," said Lorain County Children's Services Executive Director Scott Ferris. Ferris says this is especially true when it came to young mothers.

Economic hardship, neighborhood violence, split-up parents and substance abuse. Any one of those conditions can make for problems that follow a kid through childhood and beyond.

About four years ago, social workers in the Butler County Children Services union and management were locked in a contentious contract negotiation that included a strike.

LIMA Under Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's direction, the State of Ohio is examining how to best pressure large pharmaceutical companies to take financial responsibility for the social problems caused by the opioid epidemic.
 
Jennifer Buehler and Eddie Thomas regained custody of their son last week, 10 months after Jennifer “was gone” from a drug overdose.

Feb. 9 - Kudos to Appalachia Ohio - Portsmouth Daily Times
Mike Dewine is filing lawsuits against the drug companies. But, is there a plan for jobs and ways to decrease the unemployment rate in Appalachia Ohio? Recovering people with addictions will need jobs after sobriety.

A thousand more Ohio children spent the holidays in foster care this season compared to last year, thanks to the opioid epidemic sweeping the state. That somber news comes from a report released last month by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, a statewide membership organization for county children services agencies.
Upcoming Events

Feb. 21 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting
Feb. 23 | PRT Advisory Council Meeting
Feb. 26 | Legislative Committee Meeting

Employment Opportunities

Looking for a career in child protection? Or a new position to challenge yourself? Check out the latest job openings in child protection.

Quote of the Week

"Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls." 
 — Erin Kenny
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