A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for September 16, 2019
Association Updates

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Ohio START announces Cohort 3
PCSAO is excited to officially announce the third cohort of PCSAs to join the Ohio START program. This fall, 14 new counties across the state will kick off implementation of the program. Counties include Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Cuyahoga, Harrison, Licking, Lucas, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Tuscarawas, Union, Wayne, and Williams. The addition of these counties brings the total number of counties implementing Ohio START to 46 counties, more than half the state. Welcome to Ohio START!

Ohio START welcomes new technical assistance consultants
In order to help grow the program and keep it on track for success, Ohio START has hired five new regional TA consultants who will provide ongoing technical assistance to assigned regions. The regional consultants are:
  • Diana HooverNorthwest
  • Tim Beasley – Southwest
  • Pam MeermansCentral
  • Mindy Fehrman – Northeast
  • Sheila ShaferSoutheast
START has also hired a Family Peer Mentor consultant, Jennifer Fow. Jennifer will work with counties to recruit and train FPMs and work closely with FPMs to build peer-to-peer engagement. Join us in welcoming them to the Ohio START team!

Ohio START Southern Consortium meets
On Sept. 10 the 17 counties in cohort 1 of Ohio START met for a day of learning. During the morning, attendees learned about the expansion of the program, discussed target population and family selection criteria, and heard from the evaluation team regarding data that has been collected thus far. The afternoon was spent in affinity groups, allowing attendees to learn from counterparts in other areas of the state.  

HOPE update
Planning for the Primary Parent Appreciation Banquet is continuing. All parents involved in mentoring and advocacy working with child welfare are welcome. The event will be Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at ODJFS, 4020 E. Fifth Ave., Room A118-119, Columbus 43219. For more information, contact Felicia Saunders .

Rules updates
As of Sept. 13, no children services-related rules are in Pre-Clearance or Clearance.

Rules that have been filed with JCARR: The following rules were final-filed on Sept. 12 and have an effective date of Nov. 1: 
  • 5101:2-33-14 PCSA requirements for recording a child fatality or near fatality
  • 5101:2-42-04 Authority to assume and retain custody of a child
  • 5101:2-42-05 Selection of a placement setting
  • 5101:2-42-08 Acceptance of temporary custody by agreement and court-approved extensions
  • 5101:2-42-09 Acceptance of permanent custody by permanent surrender
  • 5101:2-42-18.1 Non-discrimination requirements for foster care placements
  • 5101:2-42-64 Preplacement services
  • 5101:2-42-65 Caseworker visits and contacts with children in substitute care
  • 5101:2-42-67 Preparation of lifebook
  • 5101:2-42-68 Necessity for continued substitute care placement: court reviews and hearing requirements
  • 5101:2-42-70 Provision of services to unmarried minor parents
  • 5101:2-42-71 Approval of adult-supervised living arrangements
  • 5101:2-42-87 Termination of substitute care and custody of a child
  • 5101:2-42-88 Requirements for substitute care placement disruptions
  • 5101:2-42-89 Public children services agency and private child placing agency procedures when a child is receiving services or is in agency custody dies
  • 5101:2-42-92 Parent, guardian or custodian visits with a child in temporary custody
  • 5101:2-42-93 Procedural requirements regarding change of placement or visitation plan prior to journalization of case plan
  • 5101:2-42-95 Obtaining permanent custody: termination of parental rights
Visit the Register of Ohio website for details about the rule filing.
Announcements and Resources

OHIO YAB schedules fall meeting
The Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board is Ohio’s statewide voice of young people, ages 14-24, who have experienced foster care. Leadership skill development assists young people in and from foster care in preparing for their future, and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes post-emancipation. Youth advisory board involvement helps young people prepare for their future by developing self-advocacy and diplomacy skills, and moving from goal setting to implementation. It provides them with opportunities to build public speaking skills. It empowers today’s young people to become active agents in generating positive change for the next generation. The next meeting will take place Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Quest Business Center in Columbus. Registration is required; contact Lisa Dickson .
Child Protection in the News

There's good news for Hamilton County kids in foster care. A program called Kids in School Rule! is helping them achieve educational stability and, in some cases, outperform their classmates in Cincinnati Public Schools.

As communities and states approach possible financial resolutions in legal actions over the opioid epidemic, many will seek to make a case for how their sector has been negatively impacted. Now is a good time for policymakers, including Gov. Mike DeWine, Attorney General Dave Yost and state legislative leaders to take a step back, examine the evidence and strategically consider allocating potential dollars where they can be most effective.

Each day, children in Bradley County become victims of abuse or witness crimes. Each weekday, the 10th Judicial District Children's Advocacy Center in Cleveland sees about three children who are believed to have been abused or witnessed a crime. Kelley Weber, assistant director of The H.O.P.E. Center Inc., which oversees the Children's Advocacy Center, recently shared its work with the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club.

On Monday, State Rep. Rick Carfagna got a grassroots look at challenges facing case managers with Knox County Job & Family Services.

No agreement was reached Wednesday between Montgomery County Children Services union workers and the county following a closed-door settlement conference with an area judge. Judge Richard Skelton ordered Wednesday's talks in private after both sides had not reached an agreement during several public sessions.

Thousands sign petition to change custody law in Ohio after parents say .... and meet with Lorain County Children Services to see what they think.

But no matter the structure, kinship families generally have an ongoing need for information and links to services. They need to know about custody, guardianship, financial assistance and other types of aid available to help them care for the children. Zipfel said caregivers and others also can sign up to attend the coalition's 2019 Kinship Care Conference, set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20-21 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport hotel, 2886 Airport Drive near John Glenn Columbus International Airport. For more information, go to www.ohiograndparentkinship.org .

Another drugmaker has reached a tentative settlement with Summit and Cuyahoga counties ahead of a landmark trial against dozens of opioid manufacturers and distributors.

According to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, more than 100,000 grandparents are raising children statewide. Recent data provided ...
Upcoming Events

Sept. 16 | Legislative Committee Meeting
Sept. 16 | Tiered Treatment Foster Care Meeting
Sept. 17 | Ohio START Cohort 2 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 .
Quote of the Week

"If we carry intergenerational trauma (and we do), then we also carry intergenerational wisdom. It's in our genes and in our DNA." --Kazu Haga
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