Legislative Committee meets
The PCSAO Legislative Committee met on Sept. 20. Among other business, the committee reviewed SB 216, To enact Dylan's Law regarding parental custody of infants born substance exposed, and discussed implementation planning for new provisions in HB 110 that permit the court to hear and determine a request for a court order to examine and interview a child who may be abused, neglected, or dependent. The committee will continue to meet virtually at least through the end of 2021 and next meets on Oct. 18.
Race, equity learning series offers reflection opportunity
PCSAO’s Race, Equity and Inclusion Learning Series continued Sept. 21 with a reflection session on last month’s training on the history of racism in children services. Participants shared their thoughts and observations on how agency practice should change to improve outcomes for Black families. The training series, generously supported by Casey Family Programs and led by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, concludes Oct. 19 with a webinar on implicit bias, followed in November by a reflection session on that training.
PRT Advisory Council reviews evaluation data
The Youth-Centered Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council met Sept. 24 to hear presentations about 30 Days to Family and the Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator. Members also spent time with the project’s evaluator discussing promising outcomes demonstrated by the county agencies’ urgent focus on permanency for longstaying youth.
Human Trafficking Task Force releases resource guide
The Governor's Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force released a comprehensive resource guide for children services professionals to aid in the understanding of and the response to human trafficking. Created by PCSAO's Bhumika Patel (now Ohio START Coordinator but formerly anti-trafficking coordinator), the resource guide includes an overview of federal and state laws related to human trafficking of children, an overview of Ohio’s anti-trafficking policy, and considerations for children services practice.