A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for June 18, 2018
Association Updates

2018 PCSAO award nominations
Each year at our conference, PCSAO recognizes the achievements of county PCSA supervisors, caseworkers, and support staff, as well as local journalists who have made extraordinary contributions toward promoting safe children, stable families and supportive communities. PCSAO also celebrates children, youth and families (primary/birth, kinship, foster, and adoptive) who have been served by Ohio’s public children services agencies. We are inviting all PCSAs to nominate outstanding staff, journalists, and rising stars. The deadline for award nominations is June 29. Download the award nomination forms .

OFCA conference another success
The 2018 conference of the Ohio Family Care Association June 8-9 offered workshops, networking, and support for dozens of foster, adoptive, kin and birth families. Fawn Gadel and Scott Britton both presented, generating excitement and support for PCSAO’s #FosterHope4OHKids Continuum of Care Reform effort -- which the OFCA board has endorsed --and inspiring parents to advocate for rule and law changes. Four HOPE primary parents presented and participated in panel discussions. In addition to presenting the “Have HOPE and Succeed” workshop, two of HOPE’s parents were part of the conference’s opening panel. The primary parents offered their perspective on the impact of the opioid crisis in Ohio. Both presentations were well received and prompted important discussions with foster parents. The parents were applauded for offering their lived experiences with addiction and relationships within child welfare. Congratulations to all of the volunteers who made the conference possible!

OCWTP meets
At its monthly steering committee meeting June 13, the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program reviewed Safe & Together training logistics, worked to streamline meetings, clarified the Citizen Review Panel report on training evaluation, and updated success of CAPMIS training for all trainers. The steering committee meets next Aug. 8.

Rules updates
5101:9-6-59 "State Adoption Incentive Program Allocation," is in clearance and open for comments until June 19. Proposed changes include:
  • Public Children Services Agencies (PCSAs) will no longer receive this allocation as an advancement; and
  • Updating language to provide consistency and clarification reflecting the most current funding practices.
5101:2-42-06, 5101:2-42-07, and 5101:2-42-19.1, rules governing Substitute Care policy, are in clearance and open for comments until June 28. The first two have no proposed changes and the third has been amended to clarify age requirements pertaining to independent living arrangements. 

A summary of changes to each rule is here . You can review and comment on all rules in clearance here . The following rules were final-filed June 16 and will be effective June 23. These were revised due to the five-year review; a summary of changes to each rule is here . You can read the rules via the links below. 
  • 5101:2-47-05, Title XIX medicaid coverage for Title IV-E foster care maintenance (FCM) recipients in accordance with the "Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act" (COBRA)
  • 5101:2-47-09, Case record requirements for foster care maintenance (FCM)
  • 5101:2-47-12, Foster care maintenance: Initial determination of program eligibility and reimbursability
  • 5101:2-47-13, Foster care maintenance program eligibility: Legal responsibility requirements
  • 5101:2-47-14, Foster care maintenance program eligibility: ADC-relatedness
  • 5101:2-47-14.1, Title IV-E eligibility under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996
  • 5101:2-47-20, Foster care maintenance program reimbursability: Supplemental reimbursements for the cost of care for the child of a Title IV-E recipient parent
  • 5101:2-47-22, Foster care maintenance: reasonable efforts requirements
  • 5101:2-47-23, Beginning date of reimbursability for foster care maintenance
Announcements and Resources

PCSA executive transition
Knox County JFS child welfare administrator Scott Boone has been promoted to assistant director. Please join us in congratulating Scott. 
Child Protection in the News

Sonia was physically and sexually abused by her adoptive parents. According to the Youth Today organization, Sonia is not alone: Foster children are 10 times more likely to experience sexual abuse than biological children.

Jun. 13 –  Tech Promises to Simplify Life for Ohio Social workers Government Technology
Butler County Children Services will be one of five agencies in the state to pilot a new mobile technology system that officials say will increase efficiency and allow social workers more time to interact with families.

Summer camps, after-school sports and out-of-state college visits are just some of the life experiences that thousands of kids living in foster care often miss because the price tags are too high for the families supporting them.

Jun. 11 – Summer Programs Take Bite Out of Ohio Hunger (Includes audio) – Public News Service (PNS)
People are working throughout Ohio in programs to ensure children don't go hungry during the summer. It's estimated that one in five Ohio children struggles with hunger, and the Summer Food Service Program has nearly 1,500 sites serving free, healthy meals to children up to age 18.

A new report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office shows the amount of people dying from opioid overdoses is slowing, but is still up from the year before. In 2017, 727 people in the county died because of an opioid overdose-- that number includes legal prescription overdoses. Also: Fatal opioid overdoses increased in 2017 in Cuyahoga County, medical examiner says .

Jun. 11 – You can make a difference for a child (Editorial Board) – Star Beacon
Right now, everyone in Ashtabula County has the opportunity to make life better for a child in need. The Ashtabula County Children Services Board is desperate to find new foster families. The demand has grown in the last several years as the number of emergency placement cases in the county has tripled thanks to the opioid epidemic.

Jun. 10 – Massillon man shares experiences in foster program to help oth ers Massillon Independent
A Decade Out — that’s how long Riccardo Rushin of Massillon and Jeremie Brown-Austin of Columbus have been out of the foster care system. It has been a learning experience they continue to share with those around them via the aptly named “Decade Out.”

If you're pregnant and using opiates, Dr. Allison Westcott wants you to seek medical care - without shame. "Just call us," she said. "We will get you in. We want to take care of you."
Upcoming Events

June 20 | Ohio START Southern Consortium
June 20 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting
June 28-29 | Executive Membership Meeting

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