A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for February 5, 2018
Association Updates

Registration opens, venue changes for orientation for new agency execs
In the first 24 hours, registration for PCSAO’s annual New Executives Orientation Apr. 26-27 filled up so quickly that we have decided to change the venue to a larger training space in order to accommodate what promises to be higher turnout than in past years. If you have already registered, you will be contacted about the new location and new hotel option. If you are interested in registering, and you are an agency director, child welfare administrator, or other senior staff (someone who reports to the director), contact scott@pcsao.org . The two-day training features an overview of child welfare, PCSAO’s strategic plan and member benefits, fiscal management, managing data for outcomes, crisis communications, and a panel of veteran execs.
 
Community Education Committee meets
At the Feb. 2 meeting of the Community Education Committee, via conference call, a large group discussed updating the PCSAO Media Guide , preparing for Child Abuse Prevention Month and Wear Blue, and improving foster care certification and recruitment. The next meeting will be Mar. 2 at Athens County Children Services, where a graphic design instructor at Ohio University will train on design concepts to professionalize agency communications. To join the CEC distribution list, contact scott@pcsao.org .

Rules update
The following rules are under clearance:
  • 5101:2-5 and 5101:2-9, Amendments to Children Services Licensing OAC Rules in chapters 5101:2-5 and 2-9, is in clearance until Feb. 12. This rule is under a five-year rule review and includes 12 no change rules.
  • 5102:2-5 and 5102:2-7, Amendments to Children Services Licensing OAC Rules in chapter 5101:2-5 and 2-7, is currently in clearance until Feb. 12. This rule package includes 4 amended rules.
  • 5101: 9-6-37, Title IV-B Allocation, is in clearance until Feb. 13. This rule is under a five-year rule review; changes include updating language for consistency and clarification.
  • 5101:9-9-21, County agency records retention, access and destruction rule, is in clearance until Feb. 15.
Review and comment here . If you have questions, contact Mary Wachtel,  mary@pcsao.org.

The following rules are 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. You can review and provide comments at  http://ohiorulereview.org/ .
  • 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
HOPE peer-to-peer skills and credentialing
Important components of effective peer-to-peer support programs are training, skills, and credentials. HOPE Partner Parents receive training through agency workshops, Building a Better Future sessions and Succeed facilitator training. Parent Partners are also certified as ODADAS peer supporters. Additionally, HOPE is a member of the Parent Peer Support Certification Committee charged with developing certification of Parent Peers supporting parents with children with mental health issues. This combination of knowledge, skill and lived experience will allow Parent Partners to come to the table with a unique blend of expertise for the benefit of children services-involved families.
Announcements and Resources

CJJR now accepting applications for Multi-System Collaboration TTA program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with OJJDP’s Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, has issued a request for applications from jurisdictions seeking to engage in multi-system improvement efforts. The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing or enhancing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families. On behalf of CCAS, CJJR ­will provide on-site and distance-learning training and technical assistance to a cohort of up to four jurisdictions, at no cost to the sites, to help them to identify gaps in policy and practice, enhance information-sharing capacities, explore how key decision points impact the trajectory of the youth currently being served, develop an evaluation strategy for tracking system and youth-level outcomes, and sustain long-term system change. Apply by Mar. 16. Those interested are encouraged to participate in one of two informational webinars for prospective applicants on Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or Feb. 27 at 3-4 p.m.

Ohio’s Practice Profiles webinar series
The Statewide CQI Community Subcommittee has developed a series of Practice Profile webinars to help public and private agency staff improve fundamental social work practice skills. The new monthly webinar series focuses on Ohio’s Practice Profiles (JFS 08301). The profiles describe 10 core behaviors that guide best casework practice: engaging, assessing, partnering, planning, implementing, evaluating, advocating, demonstrating cultural and diversity competence, communicating, and collaborating. In addition, the subcommittee is seeking approval to offer 1 Social Worker continuing education unit (CEU) per webinar. Although the webinars are presented as a series and will build upon similar concepts, each module has been designed to be a stand-alone topic and participants may choose to attend one or multiple webinars. The second webinar, Module 2: Engaging , will be presented Feb. 28.
Child Protection in the News

Feb. 1 - Epidemic creates extreme challenges - Sandusky Register
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Thus begins “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens. Though this was a novel about life during the French Revolution, the phrase and the title seem equally appropriate for Sandusky in particular and Erie County in general during this Bicentennial year.

The Hancock County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday to place a 1.2-mill, 10-year levy on the May 8 ballot to help finance programs of the county's Department of Job and Family Services. The funds would be used for child protective services, adult protective services, and child care, all of which are straining the department's budget.
 
Over the next four to five years, Knox County Children Services will take part in a national research project designed to improve recruitment and retention of child welfare staff.

From time to time, members of The Enquirer staff will write personal essays to give you a sense of the journalists who bring you the news. Cameron Knight covers city hall for The Enquirer.

On Tuesday afternoon, 103 Highland County children were in the custody of Highland County Children Services. More than half were there because their parents abused drugs at home.

The number of Ohio children in foster care rose 13% between 2016 and 2017, from 13,769 as of July 1, 2016, to 15,510 as of November 1, 2017. Half of the rise is attributed to parental addiction disorder, specifically opioid use. If the rate of increase set during 2017 continues, by 2020, a projected 20,000 children will be in the Ohio foster care system.
Upcoming Events

Feb. 7 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb. 9 | Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Feb. 21 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting

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Quote of the Week

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." 
 — Angela Schwindt
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