A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for August 6, 2018
Association Updates

Board of Trustees meets
The PCSAO Board of Trustees met Aug. 1 and approved the Treasurer’s reports for June and July; reviewed the 2017 audit report and the draft 990 form; debriefed on the June Executive Membership meeting and recent district discussions; received updates on Family First Prevention Services Act and the Children’s Continuum of Care Reform; and discussed new business including a kinship committee, seclusion and restraint, VHCA mid-year report, and legislative updates. The Board meets next on Sept. 5.

Ohio United Way and FYLaw endorse PCSAO’s reform plan
Many thanks to Ohio United Way and Family & Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School for endorsing the Children’s Continuum of Care Reform last week. OUW and FYLaw add their names to the growing list of state and national organizations supporting the redesign of the child protection system. Learn more .

Next EDMS-child welfare webinar
Northwoods and DAS are hosting monthly webinars with the latest updates on the EDMS-child welfare project. The next webinar will be Monday, Aug. 13, 9-10 a.m. Future sessions will occur on the second Monday of every month through Nov. 12. To register for the EDMS-child welfare monthly webinar, click here . Please note that the link will register you for the remaining monthly sessions. 

HOPE Appreciation Banquet plans move forward
The HOPE Appreciation Banquet Planning Committee has been diligently planning the second annual HOPE Banquet. Plans are going well, award categories have been selected, and the agenda is in the works. The committee is also considering a keynote speaker. While they have some recommendations for national speakers, they would also like to consider local speakers familiar with the Primary Parent movement in Ohio. Please contact Renay Sanders at renay@synergyforce.net or call 330-212-1131 with your recommendations of local speakers. Learn more about HOPE .

2016 Rising Up and Moving On awardee Zion Clark featured in Netflix Original
Zion Clark will be featured in a Netflix Original airing Aug. 10. The series tells the true story of Zion, a young wrestler born without legs and raised in foster care who found wrestling to be a therapeutic outlet and a much-needed constant in his tumultuous life. Zion was honored as a PCSAO Rising Up and Moving On Awardee in 2016. Secretary of State Jon Husted presented the award to Zion. Watch Zion give an interview at this year's Sundance Film Festival .

Gift basket donation
PCSAO invites you and your agency to donate a gift basket for the annual conference. Gift baskets that we receive will be given away to conference attendees as door prizes during the networking events. In addition to our appreciation for your generosity, any counties that donate a gift basket will be listed in the conference program. Please e-mail Jeed@pcsao.org by Aug. 31 to confirm your gift basket donation. 
Announcements and Resources

Child Welfare Financing 101 webinar
Casey Family Programs is hosting a three-part webinar series to demystify child welfare funding streams and build capacity to engage in detailed, nuanced conversations and decision-making regarding child welfare financing. These educational sessions are designed for Casey staff as well as child welfare system leaders and partners. Materials presented in each session are posted along with the recorded webinar following the presentation. The first webinar, called “Nuts & Bolts: Child Welfare Financing 101,” was July 30. To view the webinar and presentation slides, click here .
Child Protection in the News

Children here are experiencing a parent's death or incarceration at alarming rates, a new survey shows, in what appears to be, in part, another symptom of the opioid epidemic.

Aug. 3 - Therapy that looks like fun - Lima News
The Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio has a new tool in their belts when treating children dealing with trauma. Adventure Therapy looks like organized fun, but as a group counseling tool, it can help children and teenagers rehearse the skills — communication, collaboration and engagement — they need to succeed.

In January 2017, I shared the story of a Tuscarawas County children services caseworker who responded to an abuse/neglect referral of a 9-year-old girl. (“Addiction Crisis Is Swamping Children Services Agencies”).

The Department of Children and Family Services on Friday announced the following changes following the death of 4-year-old Aniya Day Garrett .
Upcoming Events

Aug. 10 | Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Aug. 15 | Southwest District Meeting
Aug. 17 | Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council

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.

UPP graduates seeking employment at a PCSA are listed on our website.
Quote of the Week

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” - Mark Twain
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