A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for April 16, 2018
Association Updates

Call for presenters
PCSAO will hold its annual conference Sep. 19-21 in Columbus. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Child Protection Puzzle: Putting All the Pieces Together.” We strongly believe that collaborating and connecting essential components in child welfare are essential in training and empowering our child protection workers. The conference will focus on efforts to highlight collective knowledge and best practices in child protection that lead to improving outcomes for children, youth and families. The conference draws more than 500 participants each year, and is an outstanding opportunity for you to make a valuable contribution to the advancement of child protection practice in Ohio. We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 PCSAO Conference. Download the 2018 Call for Presenters and submit by the Apr. 30 deadline. Learn more about our conference here .

Ohio START Foundations Training - Part 3
Tina Willauer and Jennifer Foley from Children and Family Futures spent three days in Ohio this week providing day-long training on case management and partner collaboration in the Ohio START model. Ohio START PCSAs and their partner agencies spent the day learning about working closely with the children and families participating in the Ohio START program and engaging with all systems to best serve Ohio START families.

Rules Committee meets
The Rules Review Committee met via teleconference Apr. 12. ODJFS staff provided an overview of rules currently in pre-clearance and clearance and fielded questions from the committee (see Rules update below). The committee next meets May 3 via teleconference.

Rules update
Chapter 5101:2-36, Screening and Investigation Rules, were re-filed on Apr. 5. With this re-file, ODJFS removed proposed revised language regarding collateral contacts from 5101:2-36-01, Intake and Screening Procedures, to allow for more dialogue on that issue. PCSAO appreciates ODJFS’ consideration of PCSA concerns with the proposed language and looks forward to a timely stakeholder process to consider the issue of collateral contacts to inform the screening decision. These rules are on the Apr. 16 agenda for the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) and are expected to become effective shortly after that.

Clearance: 8128 Guidance for Credit Reports for Youth in Foster Care is open for comment until Apr. 16. Revisions include updated contact information for a credit reporting agency, and no longer requiring notarization of the AGO ID Theft Affidavit that is forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office when a report shows any irregularity or inconsistency.

The following rules are in pre-clearance until May 10:
  • 5101:2-5-07: Denial or revocation of an agency's certificate or certification to perform specific functions; temporary certificates.
  • 5101:2-5-11: Complaint handling.
Both of these rule are to be posted for 30 days to clarify compliance expectations with applicable statutes.
  • 5101:2-48-15: Provision of information to a prospective adoptive parent matched with a specific child.
  • 5101:2-48-16: Adoption preplacement and placement procedures.
  • 5101:2-48-21: Child study inventory.
  • 5101:2-48-23: Preservation of adoptive child case record.
These four rules are to be posted for 30 days to clarify Child Study Inventory (CSI) requirements.

New kinship child care program
The new Kinship Child Care Program will open May 1. ODJFS presented a webinar for PCSAs on Apr. 10, which will be posted to the SACWIS Knowledge Base. Additional materials include:
  • 5101:2-40-06, Kinship Child Care Program
  • Program forms, posted to ODJFS Forms Central 
  • ODJFS Form 01499, “Pre-Screening Tool for Kinship Child Care”
  • ODJFS Form 01500, “Kinship Child Care Application”
  • ODJFS will post a Question/Answer sheet to SACWIS Knowledge Base in about a week
PCSAs have the primary responsibility for screening kinship caregivers for eligibility, reviewing completed applications, determining the amount of child care needed weekly, and recommending eligibility. ODJFS makes the final decision regarding eligibility. Questions can be directed to Rebekah Murray, Human Services Policy Developer, Rebekah.murray@jfs.ohio.gov .

OCWTP conference honors top trainers
The Ohio Child Welfare Training Program hosted its annual Trainer Conference Apr. 9, offering top-notch consultation on improving presentations, microlearning and other professional development. The program also honored Jill Roberts with the Rising Star Award and Dr. Linda Davis with the Linda Pope Award. Congratulations to both of these outstanding trainers!

Another successful Wear Blue!
Ohioans marked the eighth annual Wear Blue Day Apr. 11 with photographs from county agencies, businesses, schools, families, legislators and elected officials posted to local and state Facebook pages. Thanks to everyone who participated in helping raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention. Mark your calendar for Apr. 10, 2019!

HOPE Parent Partners featured in Richland County's 2017 annual report
Congratulations, Arlana Strickland and Deanna Williams! Like all of the Parent Partners, these two women have overcome incredible obstacles to be reunified with their children and are serving as inspiration to parents in Richland County now facing similar circumstance. Hats off to these two amazing women. Click here to read the full article.
Announcements and Resources

From the PCSA Attorney Seminar planning committee
Last week’s Weekly Update erroneously stated that the registration forms had already been sent out for the Attorney Seminar. Registration forms have not yet been sent. Please save the date for the PCSA Attorney Seminar, to be held at the ODOT building in Columbus Jun. 29. Please keep your eye out for registration forms coming soon! If you have not yet done so, please encourage all casework and supervision staff to complete their survey here .

CCS' Human Services Advocacy Network will host State Senator Vernon Sykes
The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to welcome State Senator Vernon Sykes to their next HSAN meeting on Apr. 20. Senator Sykes currently serves as an Ohio state senator for the 28th district as well as a professor of political science, and the Director of the Columbus Program in State Issues at Kent State University. The senator will address the audience, and after his remarks audience members will have a chance to ask the policymaker questions. Click here to register!
Child Protection in the News

Apr. 12 - Pinwheels planted for child abuse prevention - Ashtabula Star-Beacon
This April, the blue-and-white pinwheels dotting the lawn of the old county courthouse in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month don't represent reported child abuse or neglect cases in the county - rather, the "happy childhoods that we want for all children," officials said.

Apr. 12 - Fairfield County JFS pilot program to reduce child trauma - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
Wearing blue to recognize Child Abuse Prevention month, Fairfield County Job and Family Services officials showcased a new program Wednesday designed to minimize trauma children experience after being taken into protective custody. 

Out in front of the Lake County Jobs & Family Services building in Painesville, children’s services staff planted 1,100 pinwheels on April 11.

The notorious photograph posted at Facebook by the East Liverpool Police Department in 2016 brought global attention to the opiate epidemic in our region, creating concern and controversy. The epidemic and what is being done to address it concerns everyone.

In Ohio, the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) encourages state residents to wear blue and post a photo to social media with the hashtag “OhioWearsBlue”.

Apr. 11 - Protecting children is everyone's job - The Steubenville Herald-Star
One of every two children placed in foster care in 2015 was there because of abuse and neglect associated with their parents' drug use, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. 

A local community is trying to stop child abuse by bringing awareness to the problem. Wednesday, people wore blue at Trumbull County Children Services. Survivors of child abuse and neglect are using the color to bring awareness to their cause. 

In an effort to keep up, the state is piloting a program in nine counties, including Cuyahoga, Summit, and Stark, to find the relatives of a child entering protective custody and recruit them to take the child in

On Tuesday Lucas County Commissioners issued a proclamation supporting the efforts of Child Protective Services. They're making a continued comittment to fight the increasing number of child neglect and abuse cases in the county.

Apr. 9 - Cost of foster care services rising - Findlay Courier
Children being protected by Hancock County Children's Protective Services are being sent to Youngstown, a four-hour drive from Findlay, because that's the closest foster care placement available.

Apr. 9 - Gubernatorial Candidates Asked to Foster Hope for Ohio's Children (Includes audio) - Public News Service
With the gubernatorial primary just a month away, children's advocates in Ohio have a message for the candidates: it's time to "Foster Hope for Ohio's Children." That's the name of a set of policy recommendations released by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio that call for statewide leadership and reforms to improve the lives of children and families. Scott Britton, the association's assistant director, said Ohio lawmakers stepped up and invested an additional $15 million in the last budget for child protection. Unfortunately, he said, a lot more is needed.

No single tactic will end the opioid crisis, which has intensified during the past decade. The strategies here have proved effective for keeping people alive while attacking at least one aspect of the crisis. Some are personal action items, some can be accomplished by organizations, and others require governments to act. And some are unconventional, if not controversial.

Apr. 6 - What The Opioid Crisis Is Costing The Mahoning Valley (Includes video) - Idea Stream
The local governments suing drug companies over the opioid crisis say addiction has cost them-not just in damage to people's lives, but in dollars and cents. It's hard to come up with a price tag, though. Numerous different agencies handle prevention, treatment and response to overdoses. The federal government, state of Ohio, foundations and local communities are all paying for the epidemic.

It's a story that could have been worse in so many ways. But not for Johnson.
Upcoming Events

Apr. 18 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting
Apr. 19 | Northwest District Meeting
Apr. 20 | East Central District Meeting

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Quote of the Week

"Children need models rather than critics." 
 — Joseph Joubert
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