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

Congressman meets with child protection leaders to hear about opioid epidemic
U.S. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-2 nd ) used the Congressional recess to meet on Aug. 15 with children services leadership in his district, which includes parts of Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Adams, Highland, Pike and Scioto counties. Rep. Wenstrup sits on the House Ways and Means subcommittee that has jurisdiction over child welfare issues, including the Family First Prevention Services Act. Read more .

Featured speakers: 2018 PCSAO Conference
We are pleased to share that both major-party gubernatorial candidates will offer remarks during the conference on their vision for children, families, and Ohio’s children services system. Richard Cordray   will speak during the awards luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and  Mike DeWine   will speak during the awards luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 20. Mike Kenney and Shannon Deinhart of  Kinnect   will keynote the breakfast plenary on Friday, Sept. 21. For more information about the conference registration, click here

HOPE Parent Partners support one another
HOPE Parent Partner Corey Pariseau is supporting Jennifer Alberts in promoting her book Birth of a New Nation . As noted last week Jennifer held a book signing last week in Cleveland. Next week, she will have a second book signing at Crossroads World Outreach Ministries (165 S. Cypress Ave., Columbus, OH 43222) between 4 and 6 pm. Corey Pariseau is the pastor of Crossroads. If you live in the Columbus area, please come out and support Jennifer.

PRT Advisory Council lays groundwork for moving forward
Counties participating in Youth-Centered Permanency Roundtables met Aug. 17 to learn more about an application submitted by ODJFS and Kinnect to support PCSAs statewide through new permanency innovation centers. Also, Mike Kenney of Kinnect facilitated a process for determining next steps for the PRT counties. A strategic plan will be developed between now and the next meeting, Nov. 16, for improving institutional capacity for delivering and sustaining PRTs. Learn more about PRTs .
Announcements and Resources

Feds seek comment on foster/kin licensing standards under Family First
The Children’s Bureau is soliciting comments on its Proposed Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards. Under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) the Children’s Bureau must identify ‘‘reputable model licensing standards with respect to the licensing of foster family homes.” By April 1, 2019, Title IV–E agencies must provide the Bureau with information about whether the state’s foster family home licensing standards are consistent with the model licensing standards and, if not, the reason why. Agencies also have to indicate whether they waive non-safety licensing standards for relative foster (kinship care) family homes and, if so, how caseworkers are trained to use the waiver authority and whether the agency has developed a process or provided tools to assist caseworkers in waiving these non-safety standards to quickly place children with relatives. The inclusion of the provisions within FFPSA was motivated by a belief on the part of some that states were not doing enough to waive some non-safety licensing provisions when it came to placing children in kinship-relative care. Comments are due on or before Oct. 1. Click here to read the proposed standards and learn about submitting comments.

2018 Systems of Care Summit set for Sept. 14-15
There’s still time to register to attend Ohio’s Systems of Care Summit “It’s About People Who Care” Sept. 14-15 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. This two-day training hosted by OhioMHAS in partnership with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities will focus on the development of a coordinated network of community-based services and supports for youth and families. Victor Rios, Ph.D., professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys , will provide keynote remarks. His TED Talk, Help for Kids the Education System Ignores , has received more than 1.2 million views. For more information, email paternem@miamioh.edu .

Peer recovery services webinars scheduled for Sept. 19
The Certified Peer Recovery Supporter Training and Certification application processes have been undergoing LeanOhio process improvement to better meet the needs of customers. Throughout this process, a team of LEAN trained facilitators, OhioMHAS staff, and peer volunteers have dedicated a significant amount of time and input into this effort and would like to share all that has been accomplished thus far. The OhioMHAS Bureau of Recovery Supports is hosting a community webinar Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. to share updates about the modernization of the peer recovery support services program. Click here to register for the webinar. The Department will also be hosting a webinar on Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m. specifically for Peer Run Organizations (PROs) to share updates. Click here to register for the PRO webinar. Both webinars will be recorded and placed on the peer recovery supporter services landing page under updates.

Fifth annual Ohio Suicide Prevention Conference to take place Sept. 28
The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral health, in partnership with OhioMHAS and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will present the Fifth Annual Ohio Suicide Prevention Conference, “Suicide Prevention at Ohio Schools and Campuses,” Sept. 28 from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The conference provides tools and resources for addressing the impact of suicide and suicide prevention. Hear leading researchers and advocates address strategies, advancements and outcomes regarding suicide prevention in the school and campus community. Network and connect with colleagues to form partnerships that can address this public health issue. Featured speakers include Cheryl King, Ph.D., director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program and professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, and Alfiee Breland-Noble, Ph.D., director of the African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully Healthy Adolescents (AAKOMA) project and an associate professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University. Click here for agenda, conference fees and continuing education credit information. 

National Staff Development event
Together with the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), the Children’s Bureau is offering the first of what is hoped to become an annual event to recognize and celebrate all child welfare staff across the nation who work every day to improve the lives of children and families. The main event will include a brief motivational presentation by the Associate Commissioner, Dr. Jerry Milner, and an inspirational talk by Mark Anthony Garrett entitled, “One Heart Can Make a Difference.” This event will be Live Streamed by HHS TV on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 12:30- 2 p.m. Learn more
Child Protection in the News

Preble County children's services recently obtained another round of local funding to avoid a budget shortfall, but officials say they have made progress cutting costs to lessen the amount of county funds needed each year. Preble County commissioners recently approved an additional $100,000 for children's services to cover June expenses.

Aug. 13 – Efforts being made to keep more kids with their parents – Wooster Daily Record
As of April 6, 146 children in Wayne County were being housed outside of their own homes, Hawkins said, with an average of 145 in 2017. In Ohio overall, Nichols-Stika cited research showing a 23 percent overall increase of children entering foster care since July 2013, in addition to an 8 percent increase in residential care placements and a 7 percent increase in group home placements for children since 2014.

Liam's adoptive mother picked up her son and asked him to display his feet. With his right foot on the glass table, the 5-year-old showed that one of his toes was inches removed from the rest.
Upcoming Events

Sept. 5 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Sept. 6 | Rules Review Committee Meeting
Sept. 12 | Ohio START Southern Consortium

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Quote of the Week

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- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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