A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for August 12, 2019
Association Updates

Conference registration: Discounts end Aug. 17
Registration for the annual conference scheduled Sept. 25-27 is now open! Check out the conference registration brochure for the list of workshops, make your selections, and register early to take advantage of discounts. Rates increase after Aug. 17. One- and two-day rates are available in addition to the three-day registration fee. Hotel reservations must be made separately.

Gift baskets are a great opportunity to support the conference in a fun and creative way. This is a chance to highlight unique local offerings like desserts, specialty drinks and more. Gift baskets can be brought to the conference location on Sept. 25. This is one of the major highlights of the conference. We thank you for your contributions and participation!
To learn more about the various sponsorship and exhibitor packages and to register, click here . If you have any questions or would like more information about these opportunities to support the child welfare community, contact Nitina Francis via email or phone at 614-224-5802. Opportunities for sponsorships and exhibit tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis., so register early, but no later than Sept. 1.

Ohio START seeks PCSAs to join Cohort 3
The application for PCSAs to join Ohio START’s third cohort is now open. The link in last week's update was incorrect. Apply here . The application will close on Aug. 23 and PCSAs will be notified of acceptance by Sept. 5. For any questions, please reach out to Fawn Gadel .

Board of Trustees meets with Director Hall
PCSAO’s Board of Trustees met Aug. 7 and approved June meeting minutes, May and June financial reports, and the 2018 990 Form. ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall, Assistant Director Kara Wente, Deputy Director Carla Carpenter and Office of Children Services Transformation Director Kristi Burre met with Trustees to discuss the new investments for children services. Trustees appreciated Director Hall and her team for taking the time to meet with them for such a discussion. The board received updates on the association’s priorities, legislation, rules, managed care recommendations, and OCWTP’s 2018 annual report. Trustees will meet next on Sept. 4.

Human trafficking updates
PCSAO and grant partners provided human trafficking training to staff of Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center Aug. 7. On Aug 8., PCSAO's Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator Bhumika Patel spoke about human trafficking at an event about mandatory reporting and human trafficking hosted by the Licking County Health Department. If you would like to schedule human trafficking training, contact Bhumika

The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar on the “Intersection of Homelessness and Human Trafficking” Sept. 4 from 2-3:30 p.m. Learn more and register here

HOPE updates
The HOPE quarterly meeting Aug. 6 included representatives from Ohio START, ODJFS and Succeed continuing the discussion to expand peer-to-peer work in Ohio’s children services system along with discussion regarding sustainability. The annual appreciation luncheon is being planned for the fall.

Rules update
5101:2-49-05 Determination of the adoption assistance monthly payment amount
5101:9-7-29.1 Maintenance of Effort 
Announcements and Resources

PCSAO phone system temporarily not in service
Please note that PCSAO's phone system and voicemail went down Friday afternoon but should be back in operation later in the day today (Monday, Aug. 12). If you are calling the office phone, 614-224-5802, and the line continues to ring, please contact staff on their cell phones (included in their email signatures) instead. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Child Protection in the News

Apparently under siege since the well-publicized death of a months old infant once in their care, Scioto County Children Services actually was a recipient of what seemed to be some good news, according to Children Services Executive Director Lora Fuller.

Foster youth are more likely than their peers outside the child welfare system to experience homelessness, become the victims of crime, become parents at an early age or end up behind bars. That's why GreenLight Fund Cincinnati and Hamilton County Job and Family Services are bringing First Place for Youth to town. The goal of the new program is to help more foster youth beat the odds.

The most important piece of legislation passed during each Ohio General Assembly is the biennial budget, which affects every Ohioan from newborns to senior citizens. It serves as the cornerstone of funding for the great state we all call home.
Upcoming Events

Aug. 13 | Ohio START Steering Committee
Aug. 16 | Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council
Aug. 19 | Tiered Treatment Foster Care Committee

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 .

Attention agencies: University Partnership Program graduates are available for hire.
Quote of the Week

"I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom." --Toni Morrison
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