A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Special Edition Weekly Update for October 1, 2019
Association Updates

Thank you for attending #2019PCSAOConference!
If you attended last week's conference -- as a sponsor, exhibitor, presenter, awardee or attendee -- thank you for making the three-day event successful. We appreciate UnitedHealthcare for serving as our Ultimate Conference Champion along with the dozens of other sponsors and exhibitors. We are grateful to the workshop presenters for sharing their expertise and energy, and to our keynote speakers Jeff Ruby, Tina Willauer and Kimberly Hall. Read our summary of the conference (including links to photos and videos), and check out all of the amazing award winners . Stay tuned for information about the 2020 conference!

Rules updates
Rules in Pre-Clearance:  As of Sept. 27, no children services-related rules were in Pre-Clearance.

Rules in Clearance: As of Sept. 27, no children services-related rules were in Clearance.

Rules filed with JCARR: The following rule was final-filed on Sept. 24 and will be effective Oct. 4:
  • 5101:9-7-29.1 Public children services agency (PCSA) local contributions
Announcements and Resources

OHIO YAB meets this month
The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board is Ohio’s statewide voice of young people, ages 14-24, who have experienced foster care. The OHIO YAB hosts four statewide quarterly meetings each year. The next meeting is Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Quest Business Center. Register your attendance with Lisa Dickson .

Trust Fund receives federal grant
The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund will receive $2.71 million over five years to pilot a community-based child abuse and neglect prevention program in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties. OCTF was one of eight entities nationwide to receive a federal Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. In Ohio, the funding will be used to provide supportive services designed to strengthen families, including those at highest risk for child maltreatment. The collaborative grant project will focus on providing an array of universal prevention services to at-risk families through a multi-tiered approach. Learn more

Brand-new books and resources available for kids
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), in collaboration with First Book, has an opportunity for those serving children in Appalachian Ohio. Caseworkers and others can register for access to free and low-cost books and get a social-emotional learning book series free. Sign up with First Book . Educators and staff in Title I or Title-eligible school or program -- including other programs serving kids in need -- can create their own First Book account.

You asked, Casey Family Programs answered
Casey Family Programs has announced that after a little more than a year since the formal launch of "Questions from the field: You asked, we answered," there are almost 150 resources to share addressing FAQs from child welfare leaders and key system partners.
Child Protection in the News

For Staci Yakupcak, a typical day on the job is anything but typical. Her days include a variety of tasks such as home visits with parents who are working to get their children back from foster care or family members who are caring for them as part of a safety plan. These home visits can include drug screens, talking about the services they need and barriers they have to overcome.

Sept. 29 - Opioid epidemic causes severe foster care crisis - The Daily Jeffersonian
“But we do have children placed all over the State of Ohio at this point. We are having to look outside of network to meet the demands of housing foster ...  

Sept. 28 - Good place to start - Toledo Blade
As the opioid crisis keeps a firm grip on northwest Ohio, a state program will provide a new arsenal to the Lucas County Children's Services Bureau in ... 

Before the 17-year-old girl and her mother, 50, entered the Family Healing Center - Clermont's Therapeutic Visitation Program, things were bad. "I did not have a relationship with my mom at all," said Mary (not her real name), who is about to age out of foster care. "She was using drugs. I was using drugs. We were spiteful toward each other." But things have changed for the better, thanks to the Central Clinic Family Healing Center - Clermont's Therapeutic Visitation Program. The partnership was started by Children's Protective Services, a part of Clermont County Job and Family Services, in November 2018.

He's sharing his story as a keynote speaker at the Public Children Services Association of Ohio's 2019 Conference, which kicks off today in Columbus. 
Upcoming Events

Oct. 2 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Oct. 3 | Rules Review Committee Meeting
Oct. 4 | Community Education 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 .
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