A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for February 18, 2020
Association Updates

Culture of Safety overview
The National Partnership for Child Safety and Casey Family Programs provided an overview on the Culture of Safety to staff from Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), ODJFS and PCSAO on Feb. 11. Organizations in high-risk, high-profile industries such as aviation, nuclear power and healthcare have successfully improved practice and reduced the incidence of professional variability leading to tragic outcomes by applying principles and concepts of safety science. The National Partnership for Child Safety i s leading efforts to a pply the concepts to children services, collaborating with leaders from 12 jurisdictions, including FCCS and Hamilton County JFS. PCSAO appreciated the opportunity to participate in this important meeting.

PCSAO welcomes Cassandra Freeland
Cass Freeland joined PCSAO last week as the Communications and Events Manager. In this role, she will support the PCSAO conference and membership meetings, Ohio START summit and related events, social media, website and other communications needs. Cass brings experience in policy and advocacy communications, events management, fundraising, and volunteer management. One of her first assignments was to take over production of this Weekly Update. Learn more .

Save the date: PCSAO Annual Conference Sept. 16-18
Join PCSAO as we celebrate our 40th anniversary Sept. 16-18 at the annual conference, “Partners in Progress.” Beyond celebrating 40 years of safe children, stable families, and supportive communities, the conference will bring together caseworkers, supervisors, attorneys, agency leaders and others for learning and networking. Come for workshops, keynote addresses, awards, and exhibits as well as reflections on the last four decades. Themes and learning will focus on transformational opportunities presented by the Family First Act and the Governor’s and General Assembly’s investments. Mark your calendar now, and look for a Call for Presenters, sponsorship and exhibitor information, and registration later this year.

Conference Planning Committee meets
The Conference Planning Committee met Feb. 14 to discuss the Call for Presenters, keynote possibilities, and other tasks related to the PCSAO Annual Conference, “Partners in Progress.” If you are interested in joining the planning committee, contact Cassandra Freeland . The next meeting will be March 13. 

Legislative update
PCSAO provided testimony on the following bills:
  • Proponent HB405, Create Adoption Linked Deposit Program
  • Proponent SB13, Apply Same Human Trafficking Offenses to All Victims Under 18
  • Opponent HB76, Enacts the Ballot Uniformity and Transparency Act for Tax Levies
To read more about the bills and to see our testimony, click here and then click “Selected Legislation.”

Rules update
Pre-Clearance: As of Feb. 14, no rules were in pre-clearance.

Clearance: As of Feb. 14, no children services-related rules were in clearance.

Filed with JCARR: No children services-related rules have been filed with JCARR this week.
Announcements and Resources

Generations United's Prevention Services Clearinghouse
See below for new resources available on prevention:
  • New Prevention Services Clearinghouse FAQ’s: The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse has added several new Frequently Asked Questions and responses to its website. The Clearinghouse is charged with reviewing and rating kinship navigators and other prevention programs in order to qualify for federal reimbursement by the Children’s Bureau through states and tribal IV-E agencies.
  • Children’s Bureau Memo on Family Time: On Feb. 5 the Children’s Bureau released an information memorandum about family time and visitation for children and youth in out-of-home care. View the memo here.  As a reminder, related to this topic Generations United has free resources for grandfamilies impacted by substance use: Engaging with Birth Parents and Talking with a Child About their Birth Parents.
  • Feb. 27 Webinar: Adoption vs. Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Making Informed Decisions. Join Generations United on Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. for this webinar, supported by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Participants will learn about adoption and guardianship, how they differ and how trends in state laws impact these options. Learn more and register today
Save the date: OFCA Conference June 5-6
The annual conference of the Ohio Family Care Association will be June 5-6 in Columbus. OFCA also offers an Adoption/Foster Care Advisory Council to provide input to OFCA on feelings, needs and concerns of foster and adoptive families along with recommendations of actions that can be taken to meet these needs. A phone conference occurs the second week of each month. Interested adoptive and foster parents should contact OFCA for more information. 

Thriving Families Conference March 2 in Findlay
The University of Findlay's Winebrenner Theological Seminary will hold a conference entitled “Thriving Families: Helping Professionals and Families Learning, Listening and Getting Stronger Together” on March 2. Presented by the Family Resource Center System of Care (SOC) grant, the Thriving Families conference will highlight the effectiveness of family inclusion in care planning and provide strategies to integrate family voice into service delivery. Thriving Families will feature national experts on healing trauma, addiction, and mental illness including Ralph Tarter, PhD; Dennis Daley, PhD; and Bobbi Beale, PsyD. Local experts and families will be included as well. The registration fee for professionals is $40 in advance or $50 the day of the conference. Click here for registration . If you would like a scholarship or have transportation issues, contact Julie Brown, SOC Project Director, at brownj@frcohio.com .

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare offers off-site conference registration
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota is holding its spring conference, Supporting Permanency and Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care, on April 20. Agencies may register as an off-site group and stream the conference. A team leader can then facilitate questions and small-group discussion and discuss local impact. Each off-site group should designate a site coordinator to set up the room and technical needs. A laptop, projector and high-speed internet are required. Registration for off-site groups is available through Feb. 27. At that time, registration for individuals will begin. Register here as an off-site group or contact Nora M. Lee at 612-624-4231 or nmlee@umn.edu .
Child Protection in the News
The floor seemed filthy and she could not get rid of the grime. Amie Detzel frantically scrubbed that nursing home floor with cleaning supplies she'd found when no one was looking. On hands and knees, dragging her IV pole with her, the gravely sick woman incessantly scrubbed.  

As state and local governments get closer to uniting in a high stakes effort to settle with the opioid industry, newly revealed documents shared with the Dayton Daily News give a glimpse of how a settlement could break down.
Upcoming Events

Feb. 18 | Ohio START Northeastern Regional Meeting
Feb. 19 | Ohio START Southwestern Regional Meeting
Feb. 24 | Legislative Committee Meeting

Employment Opportunities

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