A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for February 26, 2018
Association Updates

PCSAO receives Voices Children's Advocacy Champion Award
On Feb. 22, Voices for Ohio's Children recognized PCSAO for our recent biennial budget advocacy that resulted in an increased investment for children services and the new kinship child care program by presenting its 2018 Children's Advocacy Champion Award. OACCA was recognized with the same award for its work on Fostering Connections (now Bridges), the new program for emancipated foster youth. Both associations were also presented with a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives. PCSAO is very grateful for this incredible award and recognition.

Foster Care Advisory Group prepares to hone recommendations
At its monthly meeting Feb. 20, the Foster Care Advisory Group discussed a range of supports available and needed for caregivers, including supports as they care for children affected by the opioid epidemic. Now that the group has covered recruitment, retention, certification, and supports, a final set of all of the recommendations discussed during the meetings will be developed for discussion at the upcoming Mar. 7 meeting. Recommendations will then be finalized at the April 4 meeting in time for the May 1 deadline. PCSAO members will have an opportunity to discuss the recommendations at the Mar. 12-13 executive membership meeting.

PRT Advisory Council welcomes three new counties
Clermont, Licking and Warren county PCSAs are the latest to implement youth-centered permanency roundtables. The Casey Family Programs model, supported by PCSAO, ODJFS and FYLaw, has demonstrated success in getting longstaying foster youth to permanency. See the evaluation released Jan. 25 . The now 13 counties involved in PRTs met Feb. 23 by conference call to report in on successes and challenges and to provide support to the new counties as they prepare to launch the initiative. The next meeting of the advisory council is May 18.

Ohio START Steering Committee meets
The Ohio START Steering Committee met Feb. 21 at PCSAO. Discussion focused on the current status of implementation, clarifying programmatic questions, and upcoming trainings. The Steering Committee will meet next on Mar. 20 at the Ross County Service Center.

Licking County Strengthening Families Forum
Licking County JFS hosted a Strengthening Families forum Feb. 23 to educate community partners about the current needs of children in custody and their families. The county is asking partners to become proactive in developing and expanding community-based services to prevent children from coming into care or to assist in supporting families as children return home. The forum provided an opportunity for service providers to share what they currently are able to provide, opportunities for expansion, and identify possible gaps. Licking County JFS may issue a RFP soon to identify providers that can offer in-home and aftercare services.

UPP host site opportunities available
The eight University Partnership Program (UPP) universities are currently screening students for admission into UPP for next fall. If you are interested in being an field placement site (host agency) for a UPP intern, please be sure to contact a UPP university in your area and let them know of your interest. If you have not had the opportunity to host UPP interns in your agency and are interested in doing so, check out the new UPP Implementation Readiness Assessment . Both the assessment tool and names and contact information for the UPP universities can be found on the PCSAO website . Thank you to all county agencies that have taken UPP interns over the years!

Summit to bring together leaders around violence against children
PCSA directors and other system leaders are invited to attend the Calling All Heroes Summit March 22-23 at Nationwide Conference Center north of Columubs. The summit will explore best practices and key principles applicable to multiple systems for responding to Ohio's child victims of physical/sexual abuse in cases where the perpetrator has also battered adults in the children's lives. Participants will learn how child victim-centered advocacy paired with strategic, collaborative and innovative approaches at the case and systems level can keep Ohio's children safer while alleviating the trauma associated with the crime. Judges, CASAs/GALs, prosecutors, law enforcement, behavioral health providers and others are being invited. Learn more and register .
Announcements and Resources

Fifth Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit
Registration is now open for the Fifth Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, May 22-23, at the Residence Inn by Marriott Columbus.Twenty-eight workshops will be presented over the two days focused on best or promising practices in assessment, treatment, support and collaboration to respond to trauma across systems. In particular, presentations about programs and projects that demonstrate collaboration across systems and that can be replicated in any area of the state are desired. Click here to register!

Updated issue brief on rural child welfare practice
Find out how some rural areas are using innovative tools to provide child welfare services in Information Gateway's newly updated issue brief, Rural Child Welfare Practice . Child welfare practice in rural areas presents caseworkers and communities with unique challenges and opportunities. The brief explores many different aspects of rural child welfare practice, including characteristics of rural communities, social service considerations, recruiting resource families, and preparing and supervising a rural child welfare workforce. Visit Information Gateway's Rural Child Welfare webpage for additional resources on this topic.

Advocates for Ohio's Future to host upcoming webinar
AOF is hosting a webinar Feb. 27 at noon about the recently released Group VIII Work Requirement and Community Engagement 1115 Demonstration Waiver from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, also known as the work requirement waiver for the Medicaid expansion population. Speakers will provide an overview of this proposed waiver, similar waivers discussed around the country, and ways in which stakeholders can weigh in on the process. Click here to register.
Child Protection in the News

Feb. 18 - What should be next for Ohio's opioid crisis? (Commentary) - Tribune Chronicle
The 2016 Children's Defense Fund-Ohio entitled Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action , reported that babies born in Ohio Appalachia "are almost twice as likely as the average Ohio newborn to be diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome" at a rate of 15 babies per 1,000 births. Scioto County reported 76 addicted babies per 1,000 births, Lawrence 67, and Pike 58. And these three Appalachian counties "are currently in a state of emergency." Will these counties receive more funding?

In 2006, there were 1,920 Hamilton County children in state custody, according to Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services (HCJFS). Over the next eight years, that number only grew by some 200 children. Between 2014 and 2016, the number ballooned to a 20-year high of 2,918 kids in state custody. Nearly 700 have entered the system since then.
Upcoming Events

Mar. 1 | Rules Review Committee Meeting
Mar. 2 | Community Education Committee Meeting
Mar. 6 | Human Resources/Safety Committee Meeting
Mar. 9 | Conference Planning Committee Meeting

Employment Opportunities

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Quote of the Week

"The soul is healed by being with children." 
 — Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
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