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.
- 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
. If you are interested in joining the pilot, please contact Fawn Gadel, Director of Ohio START, at 614-224-5802 or
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
. 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
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!