A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for December 9, 2019
Association Updates

Agency leaders gather for final meeting of 2019
PCSAO's executive membership met Dec. 5-6 to discuss agency business, network, and share updates. Guests included Sarah LaTourette, director of Ohio Family and Children First Council, who discussed new investments to prevent custody relinquishment and improve outcomes for children requiring services from multiple systems; representatives from the Department of Administrative Services and Northwoods to discuss the Enterprise Document Management System; Jan Flory and representatives from Shadow Box in Dayton to discuss workforce and training initiatives; LeeAnne Cornyn, director of the Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives, to share updates on Gov. Mike DeWine's efforts beyond children services; leaders from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services who provided updates from the Office of Children Services Transformation, Office of Families and Children (OFC), and Bureau of County Finance; and Gretchen Clark Hammond of Mighty Crow, who shared recommendations from PCSAO's tiered treatment foster care initiative. During the meeting, PCSAO recognized Cathy Hill, director of Athens County Children Services, for her years of service on PCSAO's board, including her tenure as president and past president; and Carla Carpenter, outgoing deputy director of OFC, for her leadership and work with county agencies. The next membership meeting will be March 5-6.

Trustees hold annual meeting
The PCSAO Board of Trustees held its annual meeting on Dec. 5 and welcomed Amy Frame, Perry County CSB Director, who officially joins the board in January. Trustees approved November meeting minutes, October financial report, and three recommendations from the Legislative Committee. The board debriefed day one of the membership meeting and discussed priorities that were not covered earlier that day. The Board of Trustees will meet next on Jan. 8. 

Anti-human trafficking update
PCSAO and grant partners trained over 60 individuals at Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court on Dec. 4. If your agency is seeking human trafficking training, please contact PCSAO'S Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Bhumika Patel

Rules updates
Pre-Clearance: The following rules are in pre-clearance through Dec. 22. You can view and comment here:
  • 5101:2-42-18, PCSA and PCPA approval of placements with relative and nonrelative caregivers. Posted for revisions related to the Family First Prevention Services Act.
  • Chapter 5101:2-48 Adoption: 20 rules are posted. Some are due for five-year review; others are posted for revisions related to the Family First Prevention Services Act. 
Clearance: As of Dec. 6, no children services-related rules were in Clearance.

Filed with JCARR: As of Dec. 6, no additional children services-related rules have been filed with JCARR.  
Announcements and Resources

Advocacy coalition receives funding for 2020 Census
The Ohio Census Advocacy Coalition was founded to make sure the 2020 Census includes everyone in Ohio, including historically undocumented individuals. The coalition has recently received grant funding that supports community-based organizations' work on the Census. There will be a webinar to discuss this grant opportunity on Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Click here to register and sign up for updates about the grant process.  

Kinnect Convening sets stage for future of system transformation
Congratulations to Kinnect for a successful fifth convening Dec. 3. PCSAO was proud to serve as a key partner in the inspirational annual event focused on family finding, permanency and system transformation. The day showcased best practice, new initiatives and policy visioning, with input from national experts, the Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives, public and private partners, and much more.

OU to host forum on social isolation effects on health outcomes
Social isolation can have negative effects on health outcomes. An upcoming forum will discuss this as well as the specific impact on certain populations and policy approaches to improve health outcomes. The main speakers are Dr. Sara Konrath, Lynda Flowers, and Dr. Marilyn Sampilo. The forum will be Dec. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ohio University Dublin’s Integrated Education Center. This forum does provide CEUs for social workers and CLEs for lawyers. Click here to register. 

Mark your calendar: Eastern Ohio Leadership Conference
Attention PCSA and JFS directors, managers, and supervisors across Ohio: The East Central and Southeast Ohio Regional Training Centers will be presenting the 26th Annual Eastern Ohio Leadership Conference March 25- 27 at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek. This annual conference is open to all PCSA and JFS leaders, including directors, managers, and supervisors, and will focus on the current issues and challenges that face the leaders of today. As always, there will be no conference fee! The details for this event are still being finalized, and the brochure will be made available to your RTC and through the PCSAO Weekly Update within the next few weeks. If you have questions, contact Darla Zajack , 740-432-2355 x252.  
Child Protection in the News

It's challenging to create positive outcomes for kids involved in the juvenile justice system or who face abuse, neglect, or dependency issues in the home. The challenge becomes more complicated when they get caught up in both systems.

Dec. 5 - DJFS awarded $170000 for START program - Martins Ferry Times Leader
The memorandum is between the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, a nonprofit corporation, and the HCDJFS. The association is an ...

According to the Public Children's Services Association of Ohio, about 16,000 kids are being raised by people who ...

Nov. 30 - What happens to the children? (Opinion) - Salem News
Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, adolescents, indeed, the family of the person who is caught up in the abuse of opioids?

Nine-year-old Carter had his hair cut the day before. Close on the sides, a little longer on top. He and his new "forever" dad dressed alike: Black button-down shirts. Dark, sturdy blue jeans. Brown boots.

Marion County Children Services has reported five completed adoptions so far in 2019. ... "In the state of Ohio, the number one goal is reunification.

Mike DeWine's recently announced plan to review Ohio's foster care system through the Children's Services Transformation Advisory Council.

One local college is making an effort to help children and teens impacted by Northeast Ohio and America's opioid crisis. Kent State University announced recently it has launched a program to assist teens who are currently in foster care as a result of parents battling opioid addiction. The effort is in connection with a child welfare charity known as First Star, and is partly made possible by a $500,000 grant from the Ohio Department of education.

November is National Adoption Month. Locally in Mahoning and Trumbull counties, there are dozens of kids waiting to be adopted. "There are children that, they can be adopted within six months of us receiving permanent custody, and we have children who have waited 11 years and still, we have not identified an appropriate family for them," said Theresa Pancoe, adoption supervisor at Mahoning County Children Services.

A federal office overseeing the care of migrant children confirmed Friday that a Columbus-based nonprofit plans to provide foster care services and up to 40 beds for minors sent to Cleveland, but said the children are not ones separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Upcoming Events

Dec. 11 | Southwest District Meeting
Dec. 16 | Legislative Committee Meeting
Jan. 3 | Community Education Committee Meeting

Note: PCSAO's 2020 calendar of events and meetings is now available at the link above.
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