A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for May 28, 2019
Association Updates

New executives attend orientation
New agency directors, administrators and senior leaders attended PCSAO’s annual New Executives Orientation May 23-24. Many thanks to our partners at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for joining us and presenting, including Director Kimberly Hall, Alicia Allen, and Kristine Monroe. Member agency leaders such as John Fisher (Licking CJFS) Deborrha Armstrong (Franklin CCS), and Ami Faig and Kenyetta Lomax (Butler CJFS) lent their expertise. Also, thanks to Laura Hughes of IHS/OCWTP and attorney Brad Bennett of Zachin & Rich for addressing hot topics.
 
Check out updated Media Guide
The PCSAO Community Education Committee has updated its Media Guide . The guide contains helpful information about understanding and establishing relationships with the news media, using social media and other tools to promote the agency’s work, and managing crises.
 
2019 PCSAO conference updates
The deadline for the Conference Workshop submissions has been moved to May 31. Please submit all workshop proposals and supporting documentation to pcsao@pcsao.org. Download the. 2019 Call for Presenters. T he 2019 PCSAO awards will be presented at luncheon ceremonies during the conference. All nominations must be submitted by June 30. Download the  Youth and Family Awards Nomination Packe t  and the   Professionals Nomination Packet . All nominations must be e-mailed to pcsao@pcsao.org , and nominators will be notified of the outcome by the end of July (staff nominees remain secret until the conference).

Anti-Human Trafficking update
PCSAO and grant partners have had the opportunity to provide several human trafficking trainings recently to organizations such as National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP), Warren County Juvenile Detention Center, and Multi-County Juvenile Attention Center. On May 20, PCSAO and grant partners also had the opportunity to provide a panel presentation about the human trafficking grant at the 28th Annual Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance, sponsored by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. If you are interested in bringing human trafficking training to your community, please contact PCSAO's Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Bhumika Patel at bhumika@pcsao.org .
 
Rules update
Rules in Pre-Clearance: Click here to review and comment on the following rules:
  • Through May 30: Chapter 5101:2-5 Child Services Agency Licensing Rules; Chapter 5101:2-7 Foster Care; Chapter 5101:2-48 Adoption
Rules in Clearance: As of May 24, no children services-related rules were in Clearance.
 
Rules that have been filed with JCARR: As of May 24, no new children services-related rules have been filed with JCARR.
 
Announcements and Resources

MHTTC System Level Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Training
Register for the MHTTC System Level Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Training on June 25, 2019. The training is geared towards coalition, community, clinical, and MHRS Board leadership on building trauma-informed and responsive systems of care through a culturally competent lens. The trainers will be Randi Tolliver, Ph.D., CADC, and Ann Schissel, Ph.D., L.P., of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. 4.75 CEUs will be offered for the training. For more information and to register, click here
 
ODJFS Procurement Opportunity - YCPRT Project Coordinator
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) released their Request for Proposals (RFP), JFSR2021068164 for the purpose of obtaining a vendor to administer the Ohio Youth Centered Permanency Roundtables (YCPRT) program. You can obtain the RFP through the ODJFS website or through the procurement website .

Anti-Human trafficking webinars
  • The Freedom Network Training Institute is hosting a webinar on “Working with Homeless Shelters to House Survivors of Human Trafficking” on May 30, 2019, from 3-4:30PM EST; learn more and register.
  • The National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar on “Increasing Community Response to Trafficking by Leveraging Public/Private Partnerships” on June 26, 2019, from 1-2:30PM EST; learn more and register.
  • The National Criminal Justice Training Center is hosting a webinar on “Boys: The Forgotten Sex Trafficking Victims” on July 16, 2019, from 1-2:15PM CDT; learn more and register.
  • The National Criminal Justice Training Center is hosting a webinar on “Implementing an Effective Multidisciplinary Team Response to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Cases” on June 19, 2019, from 2-3:30PM EST; learn more and register.
Child Protection in the News

Wayne County continues to push forward on its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, an effort to decrease its use of detention for troubled youth. In February 2018, the Wayne County Juvenile Court was selected as a JDAI site. The initiative is overseen by the Ohio Department of Youth Services. Wayne County is one of 14 counties in Ohio and one of almost 300 active JDAI sites in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

May is National Foster Care Month and in honor of this occasion, Richland County Children Services (RCCS) hosted a luncheon to celebrate all of the wonderful ways that community entities assist our children in foster/kinship care and their families
 
Children across Ohio are entering the foster care system at alarming rates - an increase of 28 percent in the last five years. The opioid crisis is to blame but there's a chance some financial relief could come soon to those agencies and foster familiess dealing with the increased need.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Daniel Wooden still remembers the day he was sitting in Franklin County Children Services. "I just heard the lady behind me say, 'hey, we need to get these kids somewhere, and a lady just came and picked me up," he said.
 
The social worker was allegedly involving in an investigation which resulted in the man's children to be removed from him.
 
Licking County babies exposed to opiates have better outcomes thanks to a collaboration between more than 50 Ohio hospitals. In the last four years, 54 Ohio hospitals, including Licking Memorial Health Systems, participated in efforts to improve care to opiate-exposed infants through the Ohio Perinatal Quality Collaborative.
 
Newborns whose mothers took opioids while pregnant experience pain more acutely than other babies and may require even more special care than previously thought, according to a new Penn State study.
 
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services recently asked for a new budget request that they say will help improve the Ohio foster care system. Job and Family Services is currently looking to add an additional $74 million to its annual budget of more than $3.5 billion. The budget request is for the 2020 and 2021 state fiscal years.
Upcoming Events

June 5 | JFS Human Resources Association Meeting
June 5 | Board of Trustees Meeting
June 6 | Rules Review 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 .

UPP graduates seeking employment at a PCSA are listed on our website.
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