A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for July 15, 2019
Association Updates

Ohio START seeks PCSAs to join Cohort 3
The application for PCSAs to join Ohio START’s 3 rd cohort is now open and can be found here . The application will close on Aug. 23 and PCSAs will be notified of acceptance by Sept. 5. For any questions, please reach out to Fawn Gadel .

Anti-human trafficking update
PCSAO and grant partners have provided training about human trafficking to staff and community partners of community correctional facilities across the state, including West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation Center on June 24, Perry Multi-County Juvenile Facility on June 26, and North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center on June 28. PCSAO and grant partners also recently provided training to staff and community partners for NECCO in Lawrence County on July 9 and to juvenile justice staff and community partners in Lucas County on July 11. If you are interested in bringing human trafficking training to your agency, please contact PCSAO’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Bhumika Patel .
 
The Center for Victim Research is hosting a webinar, “Housing Child Trafficking Victims: A Look at the National Landscape,” on July 25 from 2-3 p.m.; learn more and register here .

Ohio START seeks to fill several positions
PCSAO is looking to build its Ohio START team to continue to support the program as it expands across the state. PCSAO has posted several positions, the details of which can be found below:
  • Program Manager: PCSAO seeks a program manager to assist with the management and implementation of the Ohio START program. In this role, the program manager will focus on the oversight and management of technical assistance required and provided to Ohio START grantees. The Ohio START Program Manager will create regional technical assistance hubs, recruit and manage personnel providing direct technical assistance to the grantees and work closely with our national START partners to ensure technical assistance meets model fidelity. In addition, the Ohio START Program Manager will assist the Director of Ohio START with general program management and community collaboration. You can view the position description here and submit your resume, cover letter and three professional references through the application form no later than July 22.
  • Technical Assistance Consultants: PCSAO seeks five regional technical assistance consultants to assist with the implementation and sustainability of the Ohio START program by providing direct technical assistance to Ohio START grantees. The consultant will be responsible for providing technical assistance including adhering to model fidelity and enhancing collaboration among community partners in one of the five Ohio START regions. This is a part-time position and will report to and work closely with the Ohio START Program Manager and other staff as identified. This position will require travel, mainly in an assigned region and to Columbus for meetings. It is estimated that the consultant will work 20-25 hours per week. You can view the position description here and submit your resume, cover letter and three professional references through the application form no later than Aug. 5.
  • Family Peer Mentor Consultant: PCSAO seeks a Family Peer Mentor Consultant to assist with the recruitment, certification and management of the Ohio START program’s family peer mentors. The Ohio START Family Peer Mentor Consultant will work with the Director of Ohio START and Ohio START Program Manager to aid local Ohio START grantees to recruit, train and certify family peer mentors. This is a part-time contract position that will report to and work closely with the Ohio START Program Manager and other staff as identified. This position will require travel, possibly across Ohio, to provide technical assistance to Ohio START grantees. It is estimated that the consultant will work 20-25 hours per week. You can view the position description here and submit your resume, cover letter and three professional references through the application form no later than Aug. 5. 
2019 PCSAO conference updates
The PCSAO annual conference is an unrivaled opportunity to network with more than 500 children services professionals from across the state. This year’s conference theme is “ Champions for Children and Families,” and the focus of the conference will be improving child protection best practices and supporting the children services workforce. The audience includes child protection caseworkers, supervisors, administrators, attorneys, directors and advocates.
 
Gift baskets are a great opportunity to support the conference in a fun and creative way. This is a chance to highlight unique local offerings like desserts, specialty drinks and more. Gift baskets can be brought to the conference location on Sept. 25. This is one of the major highlights of the conference. We thank you for your contributions and participation!
 
To learn more about the various sponsorship and exhibitor packages and to register, click here . If you have any questions or would like more information about these opportunities to support the child welfare community, contact Nitina Francis via email or phone at 614-224-5802. Opportunities for sponsorships and exhibit tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis., so register early, but no later than Sept. 1.

PCSAO welcomes new AmeriCorps VISTA
The new AmeriCorps VISTA, Kristina Green, started July 8 and will be taking the place of VISTA Kelsey Fobean. Kristina is originally from Delaware and is a recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and Spanish. After her year of service, Kristina plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician to work with underserved children across the globe. In her free time, Kristina likes to go for hikes with her dog and spend time with her friends and family. Welcome to PCSAO, Kristina!
 
Recognizing our VISTA
PCSAO is proud that our very own Kelsey Fobean was featured on the national AmeriCorps VISTA Facebook page . Thanks to our friends at OACBHA for making Kelsey's position with us possible. And best of luck to Kelsey as she begins graduate school (while continuing to support Ohio START)!
Announcements and Resources

Kinship caregiver update
Because the Kinship Caregiver Program exists in temporary law, it is not included in the interim budget (operating through July 17). During this interim period, counties have the legal authority through the PRC program to continue the current kinship caregiver program but would have to fund any expenditures after July 1 through the county's regular TANF allocation.
 
Looking ahead, ODJFS is prepared to do the following shortly after Sub HB166 (the 2020-2021 operating budget) is signed:
  • Release a procedure letter
  • Place draft rules into clearance and file with JCARR simultaneously
  • Send SFY2020’s Kinship Caregiver Program allocations to counties
  • The program policy will go into effect upon release of the procedure letter, meaning that counties can expend the allocated funds then. The rules will have an effective date of June 1. PCSAO and OJFSDA have reviewed the initial draft rules and provided input to ODJFS. We appreciate this partnership and will continue to work together to make the Kinship Caregiver Program as successful as possible.
  • Look for announcement of a Kinship Caregiver webinar, hosted by OJFSDA, by the end of the month. 
Child Protection in the News

If Montgomery County Children Services employees go on strike July 19, it would be only the second time in the past 14 years that an Ohio children services bargaining unit had gone on strike. Caseworkers in Butler County's Children Services Division were on strike for 23 days in 2014.

About 20,000 children age out of the foster care system every year without a forever family and many struggle. Less than three percent get a college degree,” said Jacqueline Ringer, Director of Marion County Children’s Services.
Upcoming Events

July 18 | Northwest District Meeting
July 19 | East Central District Meeting
July 22 | Southeast District 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 .
Quote of the Week

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
- C. S. Lewis
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