A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for January 28, 2019
Association Updates

Child welfare EDMS monthly webinars
DAS and Northwoods will be hosting monthly child welfare EDMS webinars on Feb. 21, March 21, and April 18 from 3-4 p.m. Register here for the recurring webinars.

Anti-human trafficking update
The 10 th Annual Ohio Human Trafficking Awareness Day will take place on Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse. Learn more and register here.

The Youth Collaboratory has developed a new toolkit called “ Shining Light on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Toolkit to Build Understanding ”; this toolkit includes information on a variety of topics related to human trafficking with a specific focus on mentoring for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. This organization has also released an article series to educate youth , young adults, and the general public about domestic minor sex trafficking.

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!

Wear Blue April 10
The countdown has begun for Wear Blue 2019! The annual event, always on the second Wednesday of Child Abuse Prevention Month, will be April 10. Logos, county materials, and an updated campaign toolkit are now available on the PCSAO Wear Blue page , and the statewide Facebook page is open for posts. Remember to use the hashtag #OhioWearsBlue when promoting Wear Blue locally.

Rules update
Rules in Pre-Clearance: Chapter 5101:2-37 Assessments are in pre-clearance through Feb. 2. These are up for five-year review: 
The following rules have been final-filed and have an effective date of March 1:
  • 5101:2-42-19: Requirements for the provision of independent living services to youth in custody
  • 5101:2-42-19.2: Requirements for provision of independent living services to young adults who have emancipated
  • 5101:2-40-04: Kinship permanency incentive (KPI) program
Announcements and Resources
House Minority Caucus elects new leadership
Congratulations to Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron), who was chosen by her colleagues to serve as House minority leader in the 133rd General Assembly after a caucus meeting last week, succeeding Rep. Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton), who stepped down. Sykes is serving in her third term in the House, having been elected to the 34th House District to succeed her father, now Sen. Vern Sykes (D-Akron). She was set to serve as assistant minority leader before Strahorn stepped down.

Rep. Kristin Boggs (D-Columbus) was chosen as assistant minority leader, her first leadership post since joining the Ohio House in 2015. Rep. Kent Smith (D-Euclid), who was set to serve as assistant minority whip, moves up to minority whip, replacing Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati), who also stepped out of her leadership post. Smith formerly served as the caucus’s policy chair during the 132nd General Assembly. He is serving in his third term as state representative. State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), a former Toledo mayor and serving her first term in the House, was elected assistant minority whip.

Trauma-Informed Care Summit call for presenters
OhioMHAS and the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) are still accepting proposals for the Sixth Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, scheduled for May 14-15. The purpose of the summit is to move systems beyond trauma informed to trauma competent. The planning committee is especially interested in proposals that feature best or promising practices in assessment, treatment, support and collaboration to respond to trauma across systems.The committee is also interested in programs that feature best or promising practices in responding to culturally specific populations, incorporating cultural values and characteristics, and practices that embrace shared learning and uplift cultural wellness. T he deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 8 . and may be submitted here.
Child Protection in the News

During the gubernatorial campaign, DeWine vowed to create "Opportunity for Every Ohio Kid" - a promise he is quickly working to keep through his first executive orders. Minutes after being sworn into office on Jan. 14, he created the Governor's Children's Initiative to elevate the importance of children's programming in Ohio and to drive improvements within - and just as importantly, between - the many state programs that serve children. The director of this initiative, LeeAnne Cornyn, has been charged with advancing and elevating a wide range of policy goals that will greatly improve the lives of children.
 
The announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine comes at a time when nearly 16,000 children are in the custody of Ohio county children services agencies.
 
They build fires, play card games and learn to carve wood. But their stay on this ridge, in this remote corner of nowhere along the Monroe and Noble county line, will last much longer than that typical weeklong leisurely adventure. Many could be there for up to two years.
Upcoming Events

Feb. 1 | Community Education Committee Meeting
Feb. 6 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Feb. 7 | Rules Review Committee Meeting

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

“How you are is as important as what you do.”
‐ Dr. Jeree Paw l
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