A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for May 21, 2018
Association Updates

Southwest District meets
The PCSAO Southwest District met May 16 and received updates from ODJFS, OCWTP, and PCSAO. The district elected Steven Kaifas, director of Madison County JFS, to replace Susan Bailey-Evans on the Board of Trustees when she retires in July. The district also shared county updates. The district meets next on Aug. 15.

2017 Lunchtime LIVE substance abuse webinars accessible for credit in E-Track   
Launched in 2017, Lunchtime LIVE is a webinar series designed to improve understanding of substance use disorders and their impact on child welfare practice. The series provides regular access to content experts and an opportunity to explore practice applications across systems. Each webinar is accompanied by a summary handout containing links and resources to encourage additional learning. Now you can view recordings of the four 2017 Lunchtime LIVE webinars for training credit through E-Track! For information about these Lunchtime LIVE webinars, as well as upcoming webinars, visit the Lunchtime LIVE site.

OCWTP releases 2017 annual report 
The Ohio Child Welfare Training Program conducted 4,924 learning events for PCSA staff and caregivers in 2017, providing 7,466 hours of distance learning and 916 coaching hours. You can learn more about the program’s accomplishments in “Strengthening the Superpowers of Everyday Heroes,” OCWTP’s 2017 annual report, here .

Leadership Academy for Middle Managers accepting applications for 2018 class
As part of an ongoing effort to address workforce challenges in children services agencies, PCSAO is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM) Oct. 24-26. This year’s LAMM has been adapted specifically for Ohio by trainer Melanie Hale, and has been made possible with generous support from Casey Family Programs. The application process is open to middle management staff at PCSAO member agencies at a nominal cost (currently estimated at $200). Participants or their agencies must also agree to cover the cost of transportation to the training, two or three nights' lodging (depending on distance from Columbus), and evening meals. Agency directors must explicitly support the middle manager's participation in two or three months of pre-training coaching and preparatory work plus six months of post-training coaching. Following the training, middle managers will work with agency leadership on a change initiative -- a significant project aimed at workforce development and the CFSR Program Improvement Plan. The training will accommodate 20 participants, and we anticipate that the application process for available slots will be competitive. Applications must be submitted online by June 30 , and selections will be made by July 31.

CQI Advisory Team meets 
The CQI Advisory Team met May 16. Key updates were provided on the Child and Family Services Review/Program Improvement Plan, Comprehensive Visitation Report, Practice Profiles, Rapid Safety Feedback, and the Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development project. Subcommittees then met to develop their 2018 plans.  

Rules updates
Update on Chapter 5101:2-36, Screening and Investigation Rules. This rule package was final-filed May 17 and will be effective as of June 17. These rules have been amended to align with children services provisions within the federal Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and due to the five-year review. 

Click on the links below to view the final rules:  
  • 5101:2-36-01, Intake and screening procedures for child abuse, neglect, dependency and family in need of services reports; and information and/or referral intakes
  • 5101:2-36-03, PCSA requirements for intra-familial child abuse and/or neglect assessment/investigations
  • 5101:2-36-04, PCSA requirements for conducting a specialized assessment/investigation
  • 5101:2-36-05, PCSA requirements for conducting stranger danger investigations
  • 5101:2-36-06, PCSA requirements for a deserted child assessment/investigation
  • 5101:2-36-07, PCSA requirement for conducting an assessment/investigation of the alleged withholding of medically indicated treatment from a disabled infant with life-threatening conditions
  • 5101:2-36-08, PCSA requirements for involving a third party in the assessment/ investigation of a child abuse or neglect report
  • 5101:2-36-09, Requirements for dependent child assessments
  • 5101:2-36-10, PCSA requirements for responding to family in need of services reports
  • 5101:2-36-11, Extending time frames for completion or waiving completion of assessment/investigation activities
  • 5101:2-36-12, PCSA requirement for cross-referring reports of child abuse and/or neglect
  • 5101:2-36-13, Intrastate and interstate referral procedures for children's protective services
  • 5101:2-36-14, Protective service alert
  • 5101:2-36-20, Public children services agencies assessment requirements for child abuse and neglect reports in alternative response
Rules in clearance: As of May 18, no children services-related rules are in clearance.  

Rules in pre-clearance: Click here for the following rules currently in pre-clearance, and 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. 
Announcements and Resources

Partnership opportunity for PCSAs
The Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative is seeking to partner with child protection agencies across the state in coordinating care for women with opioid use disorder and their affected infants. This opportunity could result in greater partnerships between your organization and the hospital/community OB practices. Please consider registering (click the links) at one of the upcoming events:
• Northeast (Cleveland): Tuesday, May 22 | 9:30 a.m-1:30 p.m .
• Central (Columbus): Thursday, May 24 | 1-5 p.m.
• Southwest (Cincinnati): Monday, June 4 | 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
• Southeast (Athens): Tuesday, June 5 |1-5 p.m.
• West Central (Dayton): Wednesday, June 13 | 1-5 p.m.
• Northwest (Toledo): Monday, June 25 | 1-5 p.m. 

Sustained permanency webinar
CWLA is pleased to co-host with Casey Family Programs a webinar on national re-entry and sustained permanency. While the number of children in foster care has decreased by nearly 25 percent since 2002, the percentage of children who have re-entered care has remained stable. In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 children in out-of-home care - nearly 80,000 children - had been in care before, some more than once. Families that are stable and nurturing can bolster youth resilience and lessen negative long-term effects, but these protective factors can't be nurtured if children keep re-entering care. This webinar will share constituents' perspectives and jurisdictional approaches on sustaining permanency; information on re-entry rates; funding opportunities; and practical recommendations to support sustained permanency. Reserve your webinar seat by registering for Part 1 (June 7) and Part II (June 28)

Save the date: Systems of Care Summit
Mark your calendar now for a two-day summit Sept. 14-15 focused on the development of an effective system of care – a coordinated network of community-based services and supports for youth and families. Stay tuned for more information. If you have questions, contact paternem@MiamiOH.edu
Child Protection in the News

The new public awareness campaign "Keep a Promise" aims to raise awareness about the connection between substance abuse and child abuse, aiming to establish a central resource for those seeking help. 

May 17 – Foster families recognized throughout month of May – Logan Daily News
On Friday, the pair received the 2018 Athens County Children Services Foster Caregivers of the Year award. Additionally, they recently finished the ...

There are so many kids going into foster care because their parents are trying to recover from heroin addiction that the system is on overload. Some are calling for changes to the timeline it takes to reunited parents with their kids, so families have a stronger chance of staying together. 

The Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services has announced its first series of changes following the alleged murder of a 4-year-old girl earlier this year.

Cleveland Clinic specialists say chemotherapy is the only way to treat Zara Ali's tumor, save her failing eyesight and possibly her life. Her parents have resisted. They've been doctoring their daughter with "natural and holistic medicine," gentler remedies they believe will heal her.

The screaming baby was inconsolable. Jennifer Kiser and Will Martin passed their newborn back and forth in desperate attempts to calm him down, but no amount of love or comfort would ease baby Dominic’s quivering limbs and high-pitched cry of despair.

According to Cyndi Scanland, director of Allen County Children Services, the current need for foster parents is at a critical stage due to the recession, ...
Upcoming Events

June 1 | Community Education Committee Meeting "Levy Boot Camp"
June 6 | Board of Trustees Meeting
June 6 | JFS Human Resources Association Meeting

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Quote of the Week

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