A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for July 9, 2018
Association Updates

Licking County Prosecuting Attorney Opinion No. 2018-016
On July 2, an Attorney General opinion was released which concludes that “when an abused, neglected, or dependent child has been committed to the temporary or permanent custody of a public children services agency and placed by that agency in a private residential facility in another state, which state is a member of the Interstate Compact, the costs of educating that child shall be paid by the responsible school district in Ohio.” This reflects current statute and reverses a 1965 AG opinion which found otherwise based on statute at the time.  Read more .  

Family Search and Engagement Toolkit
ODJFS Office of Children and Families reminds PCSAs that Ohio has a new Family Search and Engagement Toolkit. The Toolkit was designed to serve as a resource regarding effective Family Search and Engagement practices. It was developed in partnership with counties as part of Ohio’s federal Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP). The Toolkit includes an overview of laws and state rules governing Family Search and Engagement practices along with key skills and guiding principles. Learn more .

Rules update
Rules in Pre-Clearance: Ten rules in Chapter 5101:2-44 State Adoption Subsidy Program and three associated forms are open for comment until July 19. All are up for the five-year rule review and will be revised to delete incorrect form numbers, insert correct form numbers, and update the forms for clarification. 

Rules in Clearance: As of July 2, no children services-related rules are in Clearance.

Rules that have been filed: The following rules were final-filed on July 2 and 3:
  • 5101:2-42-65.1 (Effective Date: Aug. 1) - Exit interviews when a child in custody leaves an out-of-home placement
  • 5101:2-44-05.2 (Effective Date: Aug. 1) - Covered families and children (CFC) Medicaid eligibility for state adoption subsidy recipient moving from or to Ohio
  • 5101:9-6-59 (Effective Date: July 13) - State adoption incentive program allocation
You can review and make comments here .

PCSAO Conference update: Registration will be open soon!
PCSAO will hold its 2018 conference Sept. 19-21 in Columbus. The theme of this year’s conference is “ The Child Protection Puzzle: Putting All the Pieces Together .” We strongly believe that collaborating and connecting essential components in child welfare are important in training and empowering our child protection workers. The conference will focus on efforts to highlight collective knowledge and best practices in child protection that lead to improving outcomes for children, youth and families. Stay tuned for the conference registration and check here for more information and updates .

Conference sponsorship opportunities
You are invited to be part of our annual event by exhibiting and sponsoring at the conference. The conference offers you the opportunity to interact one-on-one with individuals who are working in and involved with child protection. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to  register online   today.

Fostering Pathways to Success Conference
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Reach network invite you to attend the annual youth conference on Monday, Aug. 6 at the Columbus Convention Center (Short North Ballroom), 400 North High Street, Columbus 43215. This year's theme is "Learn to Reach for the Stars." Youth in foster care between the ages of 14 and 18 and young adults formerly in foster care ages 19 to 21 are encouraged to attend, along with Independent Living coordinators, ongoing case managers, agency administrators, workforce professionals and others working with foster youth. Click here to register for the conference. 
Announcements and Resources

Don't miss second FREE summer training in July
FYLaw is organizing training on Safe and Together: Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse and Mental Health July 20 at Capital University Law School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information about the training and registration.

Save the date: Kinship Day at the Capitol
The Ohio Grandparent and Kinship Coalition and the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice are organizing Kinship Day at the Capitol Sept. 26. For more information, call 614-562-0002 or e-mail angel_51350@yahoo.com .  
Child Protection in the News

In 2015, Richland County Children Services substantiated a neglect complaint resulting from an incident on June 3, 2015. A letter provided to Washington and obtained by the News Journal was dated Aug. 4.

We're seven months into 2018 and Ohio has yet to use the $5 million allocated this year to help youth on the cusp of removal from their homes or at risk of entering the justice or foster-care systems.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs.
Upcoming Events

July 12 | Rules Review Committee Meeting
July 13 | Conference Planning Committee Meeting
July 16 | Legislative 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.

NEW! UPP graduates seeking employment at a PCSA are listed on our website.
Quote of the Week

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." - Frederick Douglass
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