A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for May 14, 2018
Association Updates

Washington becomes 49th county with children services levy
Congratulations to Washington County Children Services for passing its .55-mill, five-year levy on Election Day by a 56%-44% margin. Washington becomes the 49th county in the state with a levy. Also last Tuesday, Cuyahoga’s human services renewal levy passed handily. Unfortunately, new levies in Hancock, Hocking, and Jackson did not pass, though it was only the first or second time on the ballot for them. 

Rules Updates
As of May 11, no children services-related rules are in clearance. The following rules are currently in pre-clearance at www.ohiorulereview.org . Please review and comment.  
  • Chapter 5101:2-47 Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance rules are open for comments until May 24. These rules are up for five-year review. 
Conference Committee meets
The Conference Committee had its monthly meeting May 11 at Franklin County CS. The committee reviewed all proposals and selected over 40 workshops to be offered at the 2018 PCSAO Conference. We hope to open the conference registration in July. Please stay tuned for more information, or visit: www.pcsao.org/programs/conference .

2018 PCSAO award nominations
Each year, PCSAO recognizes the achievements of PCSA supervisors, caseworkers, and support staff, as well as local journalists whose work has made extraordinary contributions toward promoting safe children, stable families and supportive communities. PCSAO also celebrates children/youths and families who have been served by Ohio’s public children services agencies. We are inviting all PCSAs to nominate outstanding staff and rising stars. The deadline for award nomination is June 29. Download the award nomination forms .
Announcements and Resources

My Life mentoring program shows results for youth in foster care
The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released a new research in brief that summarizes the evaluation of the "My Life" mentoring program for youth in foster care. The "My Life" model uses weekly structured individual and group mentoring activities for 16- to 18-year-old youth in foster care to improve their self-determination skills to help them meet their goals. The findings of this study suggest that a structured, weekly mentoring program specifically for foster care youth may reduce and prevent offending in early adulthood. There were statistically significant reductions in levels of offending and rates of incarceration among males who participated in the program.
Child Protection in the News

COLUMBUS, Ohio - On any given day, more than 16,000 children are in the foster care ... In Ohio, there are about 7,200 licensed foster homes. ... in learning more about fostering can contact their county children's services agency.

With the cost of foster placement to Washington County Children Services rising exponentially, an independent committee promoted a 0.55-mill levy to support the program. On Tuesday, voters showed their approval: the measure passed by more than 1,000 votes.

Ohio's drug epidemic - labeled a "tsunami" by the Public Children's Services Association of Ohio - is tracking upward with more than 20,000 drug-affected children in Ohio expected to be removed from their homes by 2020. In Medina County, more than 55 percent of children removed from their homes …

Thrifty school janitor Alvin L. Randlett willed his life savings of $175,000 to child abuse victims. The Covington janitor never touched a dime of his pension. He walked everywhere and never owned a car. His annual salary in 1976 was about $7,000 using a $3.70 hourly rate.

A two-year renewal of one of Cuyahoga County's health and human services taxes is receiving strong support by voters. The 3.9-mill tax is one of two that fund health and human services, including foster care, services at the MetroHealth System, programs for senior citizens and support services for those suffering from mental illness.

May 7 –  Tuscarawas County joins suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors – New Philadelphia Times-Reporter
Tuscarawas County will join federal litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids. Last year, Ohio was the second state to file suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors. At this point, 17 states have joined the effort, Styer said. More than half of the counties and many municipalities have filed suit. 

The Trumbull County Family Court and Trumbull County Children Services are collaborating to address the needs of children and families struggling ...
Related: Grant to bring recovery coaches to cases.  

May 6 – Therapeutic foster care changes lives – Bowling Green Daily News
Therapeutic foster care is designed to furnish safe and nurturing care for people from birth to age 21 in a more structured home environment. A cost-effective alternative to residential treatment, this program provides children who have significant emotional, behavioral or developmental disabilities with home environments that best meet their needs for living, learning and growing. 

Toledo and Lucas County authorities raised alarm at a recent trend: Five children under 5 years old were found wandering alone the past few weeks.
Upcoming Events

May 16 | Southwest District Meeting
May 18 | Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council
May 21 | Legislative Committee Meeting

Employment Opportunities

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Quote of the Week

“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.”– Barbara Bush
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