A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
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Weekly Update for September 10, 2018
Association Updates

2018 PCSAO Conference registration now closed
The conference registration is now closed. We expect to have over 500 attendees throughout the three-day conference and more than 40 exhibitors. Please visit the website for updates and announcements .

Board of Trustees meets
The PCSAO Board of Trustees met on Sept. 5 and welcomed Tania Burnett, Ashtabula County Children Services, who replaces Deb Forkas, Stark County Job and Family Services. The Board approved the August meeting minutes, Treasurer’s Report and TY 2017 990 form. The Board discussed several priorities including the Children’s Continuum of Care Reform, Family First Prevention Services Act, kinship care, managed care, and the upcoming Annual Conference; recent and upcoming board and office changes; and rules up for review along with pending legislation. The Board of Trustees will meet next on Oct. 3. 

PCSAO Rules Review Committee meets
The PCSAO Rules Review Committee met via teleconference on Sept. 6. ODJFS staff discussed proposed changes to the foster care licensing rules from chapters 5101:5, 7, and 9 that are currently in pre-clearance, as well as the procedure letter for Title IV-E Foster Care Maintenance Payments for Children Placed with a Parent in a Licensed Residential Family-Based Treatment Facility for Substance Abuse that was in clearance through Sept. 6. The Rules Committee will meet next on Oct. 4.  

Rules update
Rules in pre-clearance: Review and comment at http://www.ohiorulereview.org/.
  • 5101:2-40-04, Kinship Permanency Incentive Program, and 5101:2-42-60, Placement Services for Infants of Incarcerated Mothers, are posted until Sept. 10. They are up for five-year review. 
  • 40 foster care licensing rules from chapters 5, 7, and 9 are posted until Sept. 15. The Rapback rule 5101:2-33-80 has also been posted. They are up for five-year review.
  • Chapter 5101:2-42, Substitute Care, are posted until Oct. 8. They are up for five-year review and possible changes due to the Family First Prevention Services Act. 
No children services-related rules are in clearance as of Sept. 7. 

Ohio START recruiting additional counties
The Ohio START Pilot Program is looking for more counties to join the pilot and form Cohort 2. To learn more about the pilot program, visit the START webpage . If you are interested in joining the pilot, please contact Fawn Gadel, Director of Ohio START, at 614-224-5802 or Fawn@pcsao.org.  While on the webpage, check out Ohio START's inaugural newsletter for September 2018

September offers chance to recognize kin caregivers, workforce
September is a busy month. First, it’s Kinship Appreciation Month, an opportunity to recognize the contributions of kin caregivers who prevent children from going into foster care. Kin caregiver resources are available on the PCSAO website . It’s also Workforce Development Month, a chance to support Ohio’s top-notch child protection workforce. (PCSAO will be presenting awards to outstanding caseworkers, supervisors and support staff later this month at the conference!) You can find workforce resources at the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and resources related to caseworker safety and opioids on the PCSAO website .

HOPE: Partnering and presenting
Athens County Children Services hosted an in-service training for its staff on Sept. 6. The training focused on the impact of substance abuse on the children in the family. Athens HOPE Primary Peer Partner and Ohio START Family Peer Mentor will participate in the presentation and group discussion. The format of the training is discussing the impact, considering current practice related to supporting children and developing ways to improve practice. 

PCSAO welcomes new interns
We are excited to have new interns, Anthony DeWitt and Mary Imre . Anthony and Mary are students from the Ohio State University College of Social Work. Please join us in welcoming both Anthony and Mary!
Announcements and Resources

PCSA executive transition
Correction: Steve Kaifas has resigned from Madison County JFS and Lori Dodge-Dorsey has been appointed Interim Director. Please join us in welcoming back Lori and wishing Steve the best of luck. 

Kinship Day at the Capitol
This year's Kinship Day at the Capitol will be Sept. 26. More than 228,000 Ohio children live in homes headed by grandparents and other relatives. Your voice and your story at the rally will bring awareness to the issues facing Ohio’s families. For Information about the GrandRally or to share your kinship story, call 614-562-0002 or email angel_51350@yahoo.com . Learn more .

4th Annual Family Finding Convening – Save the date!
Kinnect will host the 4th Annual Family Finding Convening at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank in Columbus Dec. 4. Child protection leaders from Ohio counties and children services stakeholders who are at the forefront of advocating to improve Ohio’s child welfare system are invited. Stay tuned for more information. If you have questions, please contact Mike Kenney at Kinnect.
Child Protection in the News

A new study shows that women with an opioid addiction are at high risk of an overdose during the year that follows childbirth.

Hancock County is $500,000 short of money to pay for foster care and adoption services according to the Findlay Courier. A 1.2 mill property levy was on the ballot in May to make up the shortfall, but it was rejected by voters.

An interim report on the 30 Days to Family program was recently released, tracking the progress it has made since the pilot counties were identified in December, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Office. 
Upcoming Events

Sept. 12 | Human Resources/Safety Committee Meeting
Sept. 12 | Ohio START Steering Committee Meeting
Sept. 12 | Ohio START Southern Consortium

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.
Quote of the Week

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” – Rita F. Pierson
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