A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for February 25, 2019
Association Updates

Gov. DeWine names Director of Office of Child Welfare Transformation
On Feb. 19, Gov. Mike DeWine named Kristi Burre as Director of the new Office of Child Welfare Transformation to lead Ohio’s child protection and foster care reform efforts. Burre has served as the Deputy Director of Protective Services at Fairfield County Job & Family Services. She has worked in the field of child protection for almost 20 years in the capacities of caseworker, supervisor, administrator, trainer, and director. Additionally, she is a trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and the Safe & Together Institute. The Director of the Office of Child Welfare Transformation will report directly to ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall, and will lead a nimble policy team focused on improving services to some of Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens, children impacted by abuse and neglect, and children in foster and kinship care. PCSAO congratulates Burre on this incredible appointment and looks forward to working with her in this new role!

FFPSA Leadership Committee meets
The ODJFS FFPSA Leadership Committee met on Feb. 21 and was introduced to several key leaders, including Kimberly Hall, ODJFS DIrector; Shancie Jenkins, ODJFS Chief of Staff; and Chelsea Cordonnier, Governor's Office of Children's Initiatives. The Leadership Team approved its vision, mission, and philosophy; the Prevention Services Subcommittee's charge; and the Communication Workgroup's charge. ODJFS provided an overview on the Family First Model Licensing Standards. The Leadership Committee agreed to create a new subcommittee focused on family-based care that would focus on the model licensing standards and the SUD parenting residential opportunity. The Leadership Committee is scheduled to meet next on March 28.

Permanency Roundtables model building capacity
The 10 counties using the permanency roundtables (PRT) model met Feb. 22 to continue work on a strategic plan to improve capacity for agency adoption of the model, ensure model fidelity, and identify sustainability opportunities. With support from PCSAO, ODJFS, FYLaw, Kinnect, Casey Family Programs and OCWTP, the effort is developing a plan to make this evidence-informed model available to more PCSAs looking to find permanency for longstaying youth in foster care. Learn more .

2019 Fostering Pathways to Success Conference
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Reach and JOURNEY to Successful Living are partnering this year to bring you another dynamic Fostering Pathways to Success Conference. The conference will be April 3 at the Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus. The keynote presenter will be LaToya Logan, a former foster youth and founder of Project LIFT Behavioral Health Services, a nonprofit organization that targets the needs of transition-aged males who are court involved and provides them with supportive services to assist them with community re-entry, educational, employment and housing successes.
 
We are excited to introduce foster youth and young adults to a unique and interactive experience in the afternoon: Independence City will offer foster youth and young adults (ages 14 -21) with a fun yet challenging life simulation that will give participants a glimpse into real-life scenarios. This conference is a statewide event for youth in foster care ages 14-18 and young adults formerly in foster care ages 19-21. We also encourage Independent Living coordinators, ongoing case managers, agency administrators, workforce professionals and others working with foster youth to attend. We offer an array of workshops geared toward youth self-sufficiency and independence as they prepare to leave the foster care system. Caseworkers and adult supporters can earn continuing professional education credits while attending instructional and helpful learning sessions.
 
For more information about the conference, visit the adult supporters and emancipated young adult participants registration page . All current foster youth’s information will be registered through our secure mailbox at: Transitional-Youth-Programs@jfs.ohio.gov . To assure your youth’s registration, please register by March 27. Interested adult supporters who would like to also assist with Independence City can sign-up to volunteer here. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Fostering Pathways to Success Conference!

Rules update
The following rules are in pre-clearance until March 2. They are being reviewed for policy clarification. Review and comment here.
  • Chapter 5101:2-50 Bridges Rules
  • Chapter 5101:2-51 Adoption Assistance Connections
As of Feb. 22, no children services-related rules are in clearance.
Announcements and Resources
Generations United FFPSA webinar
Join Generation United for its webinar: Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards: Complying with the Family First Prevention Services Act’s Licensing Requirement. The webinar will inform attendees on mandatory Family First Act licensing requirements and the important role grandfamilies’ advocates play in that process. It will also explore the new national model foster family home licensing standards released by the Children’s Bureau, the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) model family foster home licensing standards, and the specific reporting requirements for states and tribes. This opportunity to learn is a chance to eliminate unnecessary licensing barriers so that more relatives caring for children in foster care can become licensed and receive ongoing monthly financial assistance, supports, and pathways to exit the system with monthly assistance. The webinar will take place Feb. 28 from 3-4 p.m. and you can register here .
Child Protection in the News

Just 2 days old, and a little girl tested positive for cocaine.
 
With more than 800 children in the foster care system and only about 150 licensed foster homes, Summit County Children Services is looking for a new approach to attract foster parents.
 
A bill under consideration by the Ohio General Assembly would create a framework for programs allowing a parent in crisis to request that their children be temporarily placed with a "host family."

Gov. Mike DeWine said he wants to triple the number of families participating in home visits, spending more money on the "grossly underfunded" program. Last year, 130,000 Ohio families were eligible for the voluntary visits, but only 8 percent participated in them.
 
Local children services hopes a new website aimed at attracting more foster parents gives them a boost, with not enough foster parents available to fill the need.
 
Feb. 18 - How to become a foster parent in Ohio - Dayton Daily News 
Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers.
 
County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes as far away as Arkansas and Missouri. Taxpayer costs have risen as the children required longer stays in foster or group homes, and needed more intensive care.

Operators of Butler County public assistance programs say a bill introduced by a local lawmaker meant to streamline some welfare programs has positive points, but the issue is an extremely complex one.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is setting aside $3 million to help cover treatment and support services for children at risk of entering the justice or foster-care systems.
Upcoming Events

Feb. 25 | Legislative Committee Meeting
March 1 | Community Education Committee Meeting
March 7 | JFS Human Resources Association Conference

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

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