Weekly Update: March 29, 2021
Association News

Snyder retires, Roberts to become next executive
Pike County Children Services’ long-serving executive director Phyllis Amlin Snyder is retiring effective March 31 after 31 years with the agency. We thank her for her service to families and children and wish her well. She will be missed. Stepping into the executive director role will be Lisa Roberts, who has been with the agency for 20 years and currently serves as the casework supervisor. We look forward to working with her in her new position. 
Ohio START hiring!
Ohio START is seeking a regional manager to assist with management and implementation of our program, focused on the development and oversight of technical assistance in a specified region of the state. Read more here.
State and Federal Updates
Gov. Mike DeWine made the following announcements this week:

Next week will be the final week for first doses of vaccines at the mass vaccination site at Cleveland State University. Starting April 6, second doses will be administered.
Next week, Ohio will open 11 stationary mass vaccination sites and four mobile clinics that will travel throughout specific regions of the state. The stationary mass vaccination sites will be held at:
  • The Knights of Columbus, Lima
  • The Lucas County Rec Center, Maumee
  • Dayton-Montgomery County Convention Center, Dayton
  • The Celeste Center, Columbus
  • The Summit County Fairgrounds, Akron
  • The site of the former Dillard's at Southern Park Mall, Youngstown
  • The Cintas Center, Cincinnati
  • The Wilmington Airpark, Wilmington
  • Adena Medical Education Center, Chillicothe
  • Wayne Street Medical Campus, Marietta
  • Colony Square Mall, Zanesville
Additionally, an Ohio Northern University mobile clinic will start next week and travel between Wyandot, Marion, Union, Logan, Crawford and Hardin counties.
The Ohio University Mobile Clinic will travel between Lawrence, Meigs, Vinton, Washington, Morgan and Perry counties.
Appointments can be scheduled by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH). 
Rules Update
Pre-Clearance: As of March 26, there are no children services-related rules in Pre-Clearance.

Clearance: The following rule is under review and is open for comments until Mar. 31:
  • Rule 5101:9-7-08 - Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance (FCM) Agreements between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) and County Juvenile Courts. 

The following rules are open for comments until April 5:

Filed with JCARR: The following rules were final-filed on March 22 with an effective date of April 1:

The following rules were final-filed on March 25 with an effective date of April 12:
  • Rule 5101:2-33-03 - Procedure for complaints of allegedly discriminatory acts, policies or practices in the foster care or adoption process that involve race, color or national origin.
  • Rule 5101:2-33-11 - Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA) agency administrative requirements.
  • Rule 5101:2-33-13 - Administrative procedures for falsification in adoption. 
  • Rule 5101:2-33-70 - Statewide automated child welfare information system (SACWIS) access.

The following Fiscal Administrative Procedure Letter (FAPL) is open for comment until April 9:
Resources and Clips

OCA's call for conference presenters closes April 7
The Ohio Children's Alliance is seeking proposals from presenters until April 7 for its annual conference, Transforming Care for Kids, July 26-29. Focus areas will include advocacy and public policy, best practices in child welfare, best practices in behavioral health, diversity and inclusion, and strategy innovation and leadership. Find more information here.

Introductory Center of Excellence webinar
Gov. DeWine’s Office of Children’s Initiatives is offering an introductory overview of Ohio’s new Statewide Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence on April 7 at 1 p.m. The web in conjunction with the Ohio departments of Developmental Disabilities, Health, Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Youth Services, and Ohio Family and Children First. Among its primary responsibilities, the Center of Excellence will be responsible for building and sustaining a standardized assessment process, evaluating the effectiveness of services, and expanding service and care coordination capacity for children with complex behavioral health needs and their families. It will also provide orientation, training, coaching, mentoring, and other functions/supports as needed to support Ohio’s statewide child caring provider network. Registration is not required. Use this link to join the Microsoft Teams meeting. 

Ohio Commission on Fatherhood offers curriculum training
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood is offering free evidence-based virtual facilitator training for 25 fatherhood practitioners April 28-29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendees must attend both days. No more than two individuals from an agency/organization may register. One free curriculum kit will be provided to each participating organization. Click here to register.
Child Protection in the News
Social work is all about helping those who need help the most, but the stress and emotional exhaustion that comes with it often lead to a quick exit from the profession.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Thousands of grandparents, aunts, and uncles in Ohio care for children that their relatives are unable to care for at any given time. Sometimes, it's temporary and sometimes it's permanent.

Small changes in Ohio's child welfare system are happening slowly, but surely. It comes after Gov. Mike DeWine challenged advocates and others to re-imagine the foster care system.

Last week, State Rep. Gary Click (R) of District 88 (which encompasses all of Sandusky County and most of Seneca County) introduced House Bill 173, which would reestablish the Ohio Family Stability Commission. 

March 23 - Improve the foster-care system - Toledo Blade
It’s time to get it right — that’s the message on foster-care funding that Gov. Mike DeWine wants legislators to heed.

The board of directors of the Allen County Children Services has officially announced the hiring of Sarah Newland as the agency’s new director. A hiring committee appointed by the board had recommended Newland for the position earlier this month.

Richland County Children Services (RCCS) has partnered with the Pajama Program to provide new pajamas to children in Richland County.

March 18 - Commissioners reach deal with SCCS, Prosecutor's Office - Portsmouth Daily Times
The final item on the Scioto County Commissioners’ agenda was one that Commissioner Bryan Davis said the board had been pursuing for a long time. Up to this point, the Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office had a part-time attorney working alongside Scioto County Children Services in abuse and neglect legal proceedings…Now through a resolution providing $210,000, the office will be able to add a full-time attorney and secretary.
Calendar and Job Postings
April 1 | Rules Review Committee Meeting
April 2 | Conference Planning Committee Meeting
April 7 | Board of Trustees Meeting

Note: Meetings will be held via web meeting for the foreseeable future.

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