A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for October 26, 2020
Association Updates

Southwest District meets, approves new boundaries
The Southwest District met virtually Oct. 21 and approved requests from Delaware, Shelby and Union counties to move into the district. See the updated PCSAO district map here. The district will nominate trustees to fill expiring and new seats on PCSAO’s Board of Trustees at its Dec. 9 meeting. District members received updates from trustees, regional training centers, PCSAO, and individual counties. Meeting dates for 2021 were approved, and Julie Gilbert of Butler County JFS accepted the nomination to serve as district chair next year, with Margie Weaver of Hamilton County JFS serving as vice chair.

UPP meets, establishes strategic plan
The campus coordinators of the University Partnership Program met Oct. 20 and welcomed Laura Graf, new program manager from the Office of Families and Children. The partnership reviewed contract deliverables and updated its strategic plan, reviewed statewide evaluation efforts, and discussed adoption of new caseworker core modules.

PSCAO applauds passage of HB 8
Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 8 last week. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Susan Manchester and Tavia Galonski, modernizes foster care training by offering greater flexibility to respond to foster caregiver needs, as well as helping to better recruit and retain foster parents.  PCSAO staff attended the virtual bill signing and released this statement in support.
State Updates
  • Gov. DeWine unveiled a new advertisement that will begin airing across the state to serve as a visual reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can domino out of control. He encouraged people to share this ad to amplify its important message.
  • The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation began mailing dividend checks to employers. The dividend amount totals approximately $1.3 billion. The money is being returned to employers to provide financial support for public and private employers impacted by the ongoing pandemic. These checks will be mailed to employers until the end of the month. 
Rules Updates

Pre-Clearance: Proposed rules and forms related to implementation of Family First Prevention Services are now in pre-clearance. The following rules are open for comment until Oct. 30:
  • Rule 5101:2-1-01 - Children services definitions of terms.
  • Rule 5101:2-36-10 - PCSA requirements for responding to family in need of services reports.
  • Rule 5101:2-40-02 - Supportive services for prevention of placement, reunification and life skills.
  • Rule 5101:2-40-05 - PCSA requirements in providing family first prevention services.
The following rule is open for comments until Nov. 4:
The following forms are open for comment until Oct. 29:
The following rule is open for comments until Nov. 5:
  • Rule 5101:2-5-38 - Payment of foster caregiver training stipends; reimbursement of training allowances to recommending agencies.
Clearance: The following rules from chapter 5101:2-5 are under five-year review and will be open for comments until Oct. 30:
The following rule from chapter 5101:2-42 is under five-year review and will be open for comments until Nov. 3:
The following rules have been amended as part of a five-year review and are open for comments until Nov. 4:
  • Rule 5101:2-42-90 - Information to be Provided to Children, Caregivers, School Districts and Juvenile Courts.
  • Rule 5101:2-48-15 - Provision of Information to a Prospective Adoptive Parent Matched with a Specific Child.
  • Rule 5101:2-48-21 - Child Study Inventory.
The following rule, amended and updated with comments, is open until Oct. 29:
Filed with JCARR: The following rules were final-filed Oct. 19 with an effective date of Oct. 29:
  • Rule 5101:2-47-10 - Reimbursement for Title IV-E foster care maintenance (FCM) costs for a foster home.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-11 - Reimbursement for foster care maintenance costs for children's residential centers, group homes, maternity homes, residential parenting facilities, and purchased foster care homes.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-11.1 - Reimbursement for Title IV-E foster care maintenance (FCM) costs for a qualified residential treatment program (QRTP) certified after October 1, 2020.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-16 - Foster care maintenance program reimbursability: Reimbursable placement settings.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-26 - Title IV-E agencies, private child placing agencies (PCPA), private noncustodial agencies (PNA): penalties for failure to comply with fiscal accountability procedures.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-26.1 - Title IV-E agencies, private child placing agencies (PCPA), private noncustodial agencies (PNA): Title IV-E cost report filing requirements, record retention requirements and related party disclosure requirements.
  • Rule 5101:2-47-26.2 - Cost report “Agreed Upon Procedures” engagement.
Announcements and Resources

Action Ohio to offer virtual Thanksgiving
Since 2007, Ohio foster care youth (ages 14+), alumni and allies have been gathering each November to celebrate Thanksgiving Together. Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration will take place virtually. Read more about "Recipes for Success." Attendees who register here will receive the Zoom log-in information, which will be emailed closer to the events. For more information, email Lisa Dickson.

Groundwork Ohio offers webinar on child equity training Oct. 28
Groundwork Ohio, along with LearnToEarn, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) of Cleveland, OCALI, Ohio AEYC and YWCA Dayton, will offer a webinar on childhood equity and the role of early childhood educators in advancing equity for children Oct. 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. It will be facilitated by Aisha Ray, PhD and Michelle Stover-Wright, MS of the BUILD Initiative. Early childhood educators, social workers and those working in early intervention may be eligible to receive professional credit for attending this event. Register here.

YWCA of Northwest Ohio offers 'Stand Against Racism' webinar Oct. 28-29
YWCA of Northwest Ohio will offer a two-day conference entitled "Stand Against Racism" Oct. 28-29 featuring nationally known speakers Jane Elliott and Dr. Barbara Love. Cost is $50, and limited scholarships are available. Register here.

Kinnect releases 30 Days to Family® Ohio video and Practice Profiles
Kinnect released a program overview video and Practice Profiles in Professional Excellence booklet for one of its signature programs, 30 Days to Family. The practice profiles contain valuable information for all children services professionals. The tool highlights ideal practices related to family engagement and kinship work in direct service, agency-level and system collaboration. It highlights strategies and impacts that inspire excellence, creativity, and empathy work with children and kin.  

OCWTP creates Design Lab
The Ohio Child Welfare Training program has created The Design Lab, which shares best practices related to the development, design, and delivery of virtual and in-person trainings. Design Lab provides the end user with a micro-lesson on a particular topic and links to additional resources. The first lesson focuses on the use of stock imagery. Future lessons will touch on topics like handout design, facilitation best practices, design and appropriate use of activities, and video use and development. Visit The Design Lab.

National committee on child sex trafficking releases report
The National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States has published its final report, Best Practices and Recommendations for States, to prevent and combat the sex trafficking of children and youth. The report contains 127 recommendations with related resources and examples for states to consult as they respond to the sex trafficking of children and youth within their jurisdictions.

State Treasurer releases Notice of Application for Pay For Success projects
State Treasurer Robert Sprague’s office released a Notice of Application for Pay For Success (PFS) projects to be screened and evaluated through ResultsOhio. The application is the first step for projects interested in pursuing a PFS project. It evaluates whether the applicant would be a good fit and issues a feasibility report. PFS projects are ones that can demonstrate measurable outcomes. While there is no specific policy area, they typically address issues in the areas of health and human services, criminal justice, water quality, workforce development, and education. Applications are due Nov. 20.
Child Protection in the News

Oct. 21 - Governor DeWine signs HB8 into law - Highland County Press
House Bill 8, sponsored by Representatives Susan Manchester and Tavia Galonski, modernizes foster care training by offering greater flexibility to respond to foster caregiver needs, as well as helping to better recruit and retain foster parents.
Profiles of Hope and Courage

Jameca: 'I love to be able to provide the best in me'
Jameca is a caseworker with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. She has been with the agency 21 years. While she works in a high-turnover field, two things have helped her maintain her longevity: supportive supervisors and coworkers, and something she heard in her orientation. Read about what motivates Jameca to go above and beyond.

PCSAO is collecting stories from the front lines of child protection to raise awareness of the challenges our children services professionals, and the families they serve, are facing during this pandemic.
Upcoming Events

Oct. 26 | Southeast District Meeting
Oct. 26 | Northeast District Meeting
Nov. 4 | Board of Trustees Meeting

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

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.

Also, check out recent graduates of the University Partnership Program who are trained and ready to be hired by public agencies.
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