A quick rundown of Ohio child protection news this week
Weekly Update for September 3, 2019
Association Updates

Conference registration closes Thursday
Registration for the annual PCSAO conference scheduled for Sept. 25-27 closes Thursday, Sept. 5. Check out the conference registration brochure for the list of workshops, make your selections, and register today . One- and two-day rates are available in addition to the three-day registration fee. Hotel reservations must be made separately.

Ohio START seeks program manager
Ohio START has reopened the posting for a full-time program manager who will focus on program development, oversight and technical assistance. Learn more about joining PCSAO's team in this exciting role .

Partners for Ohio’s Families Advisory Board meets
The ODJFS Partners for Ohio’s Families (PFOF) Advisory Board met Aug. 28. The board is chaired by Kara Wente, ODJFS Assistant Director; Don Warner, Oesterlen’s CEO; and a county PCSA director (vacant at this time); and members consist of PCSAs, private agencies, PCSAO, Ohio Children’s Alliance, and Ohio Family Care Association. There are currently four vacancies for county PCSA directors to serve on this board. The board received updates on Family First particularly related to the recent QRTP decisions; SFY 20-21 budget investments; legislation; Child and Family Services Review PIP and five-year plan; the upcoming Title IV-E review; PCSAO’s Children's Continuum of Care Reform plan; and the ODJFS Integrated Children Services Fiscal Training program. The board also spent time discussing the purpose of PFOF and began brainstorming some strategic areas of focus for this board given all the other decision-making bodies to the department. The board will continue that discussion at the next meeting Oct. 30.

Anti-human trafficking update
PCSAO and grant partners continue to engage children services agencies, juvenile courts and other child-serving agencies by providing training and technical assistance on how to identify and respond to suspected cases of child trafficking. On Aug. 21, PCSAO and grant partners provided an all-day human trafficking training to Franklin County Juvenile Court staff and partners. On Aug. 26, PCSAO and grant partners provided a training to clinical staff for the Toledo office of National Youth Advocate Program. On Aug. 19, PCSAO and grant partners provided an all-day human trafficking training to staff of Butler County Children Services and Butler County Juvenile Court. If you are seeking training on human trafficking, contact PCSAO’s Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Bhumika Patel

On Sept. 4 from 2-3:30 p.m., the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar on “The Intersection of Homelessness and Human Trafficking”; learn more and register here

The University of Toledo’s International Human Trafficking & Social Justice Conference will take place Sept 19-20; learn more and register here

Shared Hope International’s 2019 Juvenile Sex Trafficking Conference will take place Oct. 15-17 in Cincinnati; learn more and register here

Executive transitions
Congratulations to longtime Morgan County JFS Director Vicki Quesinberry on her retirement, and welcome to incoming director Heidi Burns.

Rules updates
Rules in Pre-Clearance: As of Aug. 30, no rules were in pre-clearance.

Rules in Clearance: Review and comment here .
  • CCN8349 “Bridges” is posted on Clearance through Sept. 9. This rule package includes four amended rules and three new rules. An overview of the proposed changes can be found here.
  • CCN850 “Adoption Assistance Connections to Age Twenty One” is posted on Clearance through Sept. 9. This rule package includes three amended rules and one form. An overview of the proposed changes can be found here.
  • 5101:1-1-50 Written declaration of citizenship/alien status and the use of the systematic alien verification for entitlements system. Original-filed Aug. 27; public hearing Sept. 30.
  • 5101:9-6-20 Foster parent recruitment allocation. Original-filed Aug. 23.
Click on the rule number to go to the Register of Ohio website for details about the rule filing.
Announcements and Resources

OhioKAN town hall meetings approach
It's not too late to attend an Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program town hall meeting. Learn more about plans to develop a navigator program to steer kin caregivers and adoptive parents to resources. The Athens and Butler county town halls have passed, but three more are coming up this month. Two identical sessions are offered on each date at each location, the first from 2-4 p.m. and the second from 6-8 p.m. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Learn more .
  • Sept. 4: Hilliard Branch Public Library, Hilliard (Franklin County)
  • Sept. 11: Highland Square Branch Public Library, Akron (Summit County)
  • Sept. 17: Kent Branch Public Library, Toledo (Lucas County)
Dual status youth training offered by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College is hosting a Dual Status Youth training for probation officers and child welfare caseworkers Oct. 24. The training will offer a comprehensive overview of the key best practices of multi-system coordination on behalf of dual status youth. The free training will be at the Crowne Plaza North-Worthington. Lunch and materials will be provided. To register, log in or create an account at OhioCourtEDU . For questions, contact Judicial College staff at 614-387-9445 or Tequilla Washington at 614-752-5206.

New tool available for determining eligibility for early childhood services
Using funding from the Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant that the state received in December 2018, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), in conjunction with other departments, developed and has now released a self-assessment tool to help families discover whether they are eligible for any of Ohio's early childhood services. Besides ODJFS, the departments of Education, Developmental Disabilities, and Health designed and developed the Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment tool, which will assist families in determining their potential eligibility for all of Ohio's early childhood services. The tool also includes links to summary information and guidance on how to find, apply for and contact each program. The programs include the following: Early Childhood Education Grant, Early Head Start, Head Start, Help Me Grow Early Intervention, Help Me Grow Home Visiting, Preschool Special Education, and Publicly Funded Child Care. The Early Childhood Services Eligibility Self-Assessment can be found online .

National trauma training available in Columbus
Franklin County Family and Children First Council is offering the next two-day conference in its Building Better Lives series, "Building Resilience in the Face of Trauma & Implicit Bias, Sept. 12-13 at Xenos in Columbus. Previously, Dr. Bruce D. Perry has provided a strong foundation of how trauma impacts the developing brain. Dr. Michael Unger, an internationally recognized expert on building resilience, will continue the conversation about how resilience can be a powerful tool to counterbalance the impact of trauma. Will Snowden will provide information about implicit bias and how it can negatively impact people's ability to build resilience and achieve better outcomes for youth, families and the community.  Register here .

Social work conference approaches
NASW Ohio’s 2019 annual conference will be Nov. 14-15 at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus. As the only conference specific to social work in Ohio, it attracts 450 attendees and 55 exhibitors. Register here .

Glenn Forum registration opens
The Glenn College Leadership Forum will be Oct. 25 at OSU's Ohio Union. The forum is the state’s premier conference designed for individuals working in the public sector. In breakout sessions and in keynote talks, experts in the public policy arena provide insights into emerging trends in policy, administration and leadership. Learn more and register .
Child Protection in the News

Montgomery County Children Services and the employees' union have made progress in court-ordered negotiations that could lead to a new labor contract. "The parties have reached a conceptual framework for a tentative agreement, subject to ratification on both sides," according to a statement jointly released this afternoon by children services and Jane Hay, local president of the Professional Guilds of Ohio.

Washington County Children Services released its second quarter report and its second report since it merged with Job and Family Services earlier this year.
Upcoming Events

Sept. 4 | Board of Trustees Meeting
Sept. 4 | JFS Human Resources Association Meeting
Sept. 5 | Rules Review Committee 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

“First of all, everyone must acknowledge and feel that child slavery still exists in the world, in its ugliest face and form. And this is an evil, which is crime against humanity, which is intolerable, which is unacceptable and which must go. That sense of recognition must be developed first of all. And secondly there is a need of higher amounts of political will. There is a need of higher amount of corporate engagement, and the engagement of the public towards it. So, everybody has a responsibility to save and protect the children on this planet.”
-Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi
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