OHIO FAMILY & CHILDREN FIRST COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION
ISSUE 4                                                                                          FALL 2017
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THE ANNUAL MEETING!

OCTOBER 16 & OCTOBER 17, 2017  
 
AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS:
 
THE ART OF STORYLISTENING-CONNECTING THROUGH STORIES (DAN ELLIOT, COOPERATIVE COMMUNICATION) 
 
CABINET COUNCIL UPDATE (TRACY PLOUCK, OMHAS)
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (MICHELLE HANNAN, SALVATION ARMY & SOPHIA PAPADIMOS, OFFICE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES)
 
OHIO START (LEEANNE CORNYN, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE & ANGELA SAUSSER, PCSAO) 
 
AUTISM-A TOOL FOR PARENTS AND PROVIDERS (OCALI) 
 
PROGRAM PLANNING/GRANT WRITING (SUE GIGA, OFCFCA) 
 
AND LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING, SHARING, AND CONNECTING! 
 
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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

JANE WHYDE - OFCFCA PRESIDENT

Signs of summer coming to an end are everywhere: sales on school clothes, the first of the professional football games on TV, my severe depression! Yes, I am so attached to summer that I begin to get fearful that summer is ending well before the first leaf begins to turn orange. I decided this year to think of something to focus on other than the change of season in order to circumvent my bad attitude about fall. Sooooo... I began Christmas shopping last weekend. Sounds a little kooky, but indeed it did raise my mood since Christmas is my second favorite thing (after summer). I mention all this because I have been struggling as well with the serial end of programs that have traditionally been part of our agency: first OCTF prevention work, then Home Visiting, then Central Coordination. So I thought it best to try my strategy again to focus on something other than loss. I picked Service Coordination. And to tell you the truth, it was refreshing to be able to juggle a couple fewer balls than before when thinking about how to re-energize a part of our agency. I am reminded that I have heard that the word for chaos in Chinese is also the word for opportunity. Those Chinese! How much more insightful can you be than that. And whether this saying really came from China or not -- it is true. And to that end, I am thankful that opportunity awaits all of us at FCFC . . . we just have to figure out how to take advantage of it. I am looking forward to seeing you all at the OFCFCA conference in October to collaboratively start on that journey to "capture our next opportunities".
 
Jane


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TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE 
 
CHAD HIBBS - DIRECTOR OFCF 
 
Many FCFC coordinators have been contacting our office recently with a variety of requests for assistance. We are also finding that through the Family-Centered Service and Supports Request for Reimbursement process, the OCBF application and the GFMS application process, there are multiple areas in which assistance is needed both in the areas of FCFC oversight and programming implementation. As we continue to move forward in SFY 2018, we will be offering a variety of resources to aid in these areas and others. We are currently working on resources including:
 
  •  Tools to assist in basic financial tracking 
  •  Tools to assist in tracking FCSS finances - including tips on completing RRs 
  •  Technical support for completing the SFY 2019 OCBF application 
  •  Packet of information for Family Representatives outlining their role of FCFC 
  •  Packet of information for FCFCs on recruiting and developing Family Representatives 
  •  Resources to assist with the oversight and implementation of Early Intervention Service Coordination 
  • Training and development of service coordination outcome measurement
This list is not meant to indicate that there are wide-spread needs in all of these areas, but there are more than a handful of counties that require assistance in any given category. We have recognized those needs and are working to provide resources to assist where we can. 
Please feel free to reach out to your fellow coordinators around the state if you have any questions or concerns. We know that it is difficult to ask the "state" for assistance, but if you do not feel comfortable seeking help for our office, please reach out to your colleagues as many have had the same questions as you at some point in time.
 
My staff and I have an open door policy, and we are more than willing to provide assistance when needed. 
 
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    WHERE ARE THEY NOW???
 
STILL CONNECTING THE DOTS! 
   
JOYCE CALLAND 
 
Joyce was hired in 1998 as the Southwest Regional Coordinator (20 counties). Due to staff attrition, her "region" grew to 44 counties! Joyce was the lead OFCF person for Early Childhood Initiatives and left her position in November 2015. She is currently working at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as the project lead for the Youth Treatment Implementation (YT-I) SAMSHA grant. The grant focuses on enhancing the assessment, treatment, and recovery of emerging adults (ages 12-25) with substance abuse disorders (SUD) or co-occurring SUD and mental health disorders. Joyce believes she is still working with FCFC, but in a different capacity. "Youth with behavioral health disorders are, by nature, multi-system involved." Joyce is a working member of the Ohio Interagency Council for Youth (OICY). OICY makes policy recommendations to the OFCF deputies and Cabinet. What Joyce misses most about working with FCFC is getting out to see how each county operates differently and being able to bring the impact of policy decisions back to the state planning table. According to Joyce,  "Everything learned at FCFC has an impact on my work. Once you understand the value of collaboration, that we can do more collectively, you can never return to silo thinking. I learned a lot of things about a lot of different systems and counties over those 17 years. I continue to learn and grow in my work, and I always try to look at issues from multiple perspectives." Joyce's target retirement date is October 1, 2019.
 
    
RENEE LAMMERS  
 
Renee worked as a program specialist (Family Resource Center), program coordinator (Service Coordination), and director for Greene County's Family & Children First Council. She retired July 1, 2016 and has spent the last year traveling a lot. She recently started volunteering at Greenewood Manor and is involved with her church. Renee reports that she misses the daily interactions with people at FCFC but thinks she was   meant to leave when she did "so that I was free to do all the things I have been doing." What did working at FCFC teach Renee? According to Renee, ""Patience...knowing how deep my resources could be, and (sometimes) when to seek forgiveness instead of asking for permission."
 
 
 ANGELA SAUSSER 
 
As many of you know, Angela was the OFCF Director. She left her position in 2014 and is currently the Executive Director for the Public Children Services Association of Ohio. What did she learn at OFCF that is helping in her current position? Angela says she now knows where every county in Ohio is located, has visited all of them, and appreciates the diversity between counties. She also says that she gained a solid understanding of the various child-serving systems, and how they are governed, structured and funded. Angela says she misses her staff and FCFC coordinators who are "championing the good cause!" She also
"misses (some of) the policy discussions among Cabinet Council members and the great work being accomplished with many partners."
 
 
Thanks to Joyce,  Renee, and   Angela for sending their updates! If you know of other FCFC-related people who might be willing to share updates, please send me their contact information or ask them to contact me. (suegigaservices@ yahoo.com)    
 
WEBSITE OF THE QUARTER 
SUE GIGA - OFCFCA
 
Do you like to have handy useful material for the families you serve? Do you like free stuff? If you answered "yes" to one, or both, of these questions, or to both, there is a great website for you to check out:https://www.consumer.ftc.gov. FTC stands for the Federal Trade Commission, which is the nation's consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. This website provides easy-to-understand information on a wide range of topics (e.g., online security, health and fitness, and money and credit). Under Privacy, Identity Theft, and Online Security, some of the subjects covered are Kids: Texting and Sexting, Parental Controls, and Kids and Virtual Worlds. There are over 100 short and entertaining videos such as Stand Up to Cyber bullying, Buying a Used Car, and Ad Type-True or False. If you, or one of your council members, has video capability in their waiting room this could be a useful resource. Want to keep kids and/or their parents entertained for a few minutes? The video collection includes a number of interactive games including Here You Are: Consumer Education at the Mall and (my favorite) Weight Loss Challenge. So, how can you access and share these resources? You can post the videos on your blog or your website. Embedded codes are available at the website's "media center" or you can access them on the website's Face Book page. In addition, hundreds of written fact sheets and brochures can be ordered in bulk. Best of all-everything is free, including shipping! 
 
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OFCFCA'S COMINGS & GOINGS

WELCOME!

Amy Frese (Ashland)

Doug Messer (Lorain-Interim)

Jane Barnett (Medina)


BEST WISHES!
 
Theresa Reed McGlashan
(Erie)   
 
Lisa Carroll (Gallia) 
 
 
Notes:  
 
Janice Houchins has left Stark County's FCFC and is currently working with Summit County's FCFC.  Best wishes in your new position!  
 
Lora Jenkins has returned to Gallia County as their FCFC Coordinator.  Welcome Back! 

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HERE'S WHAT YOU THINK!

Question of the quarter: What was your favorite Halloween costume and how old were you when you wore it?

Your Responses:

  • My birthday is in March and when I turned four, my mother made me a pink and white gingham pantsuit with jacket and slacks that matched and a fancy white shirt. I felt pretty in the outfit. So when Halloween rolled around, and I was asked what I want to be, I said-   "I want to be a princess and wear my Birthday Suit!" May not be my favorite custom but it is memorable and still to this day my dad asks me if I'm going to wear my birthday suit at Halloween. (Thasia Schilling-Muskingum)
  •  My fondest memory of a costume was when I was in the fourth or fifth grade and we had no money to get anything extra. And I'm guessing... it was because we had to buy a new appliance of some sort! So I took this large box, colored it on each side, cut a hole out for my head and arms to fit through, and made myself a Rubik cube... (Leslie Crew-Clark County)
  •  In college, it was actually a group of friends and I that made up the costume.   I'd say we were about age 20 or younger. We were a box of Crayola crayons! We put two empty washer/dryer boxes together that we got from a department store, then painted it to look like a large box of crayons, with Crayola written on the front, stripes and everything. Then each of my friends and I were a different color of crayon, INSIDE THE BOX, complete with pointed hats on the top of our heads to look like the end of a crayon. Our clothes were the color crayon we were, and our faces were painted that color too. The word Crayola was printed down the front of our bodies. We walked around campus in that box together, which was hilarious! I think we got 2nd or 3rd place in the costume contest! (Amy Frese-Ashland).
  • Halloween was not like it is today. I remember dressing up like a beggar, a ghost, and a kitty kat,  I kept trick or treating into my early teens with just a mask on and we didn't get scolded for it. However, my son loved Halloween and didn't understand why it wasn't a holiday. The Super Hero of the Month was what he went as...Spider Man was the best. (Sandy Smoot-Warren County)
  •  My favorite costume was Raggedy Ann. I was five years old. My mom made it all by hand. I had pantaloons and a red heart stitched on the heart nd bum. Thanks for the reminder of a great day long ago. (Sharon George-Seneca)
  •  I was an Indian princess and I was seven years old. The cool thing about my costume was my mom made the entire thing! I went to school dressed in it and won the costume contest for my grade level! How exciting! I do not remember what the prize was but I remember loving that outfit and feeling like my mom loved me a whole lot!  (Denise Meyer-Portage)
  • I was Boy George for Halloween in 1984 and I still remember how awesome this was! I loved him! He was pretty popular back then. I was only eight but I loved this costume. My mom sprayed my hair pink, purple, and red. I wore his hat and baggy clothes with scarves around my waist and neck. So fun! Lots of compliments too and TONS of candy! (Kanda Benner-Delaware and Morrow)

  • Wearing street clothes with a sign around my neck "Nudist on Strike!" Won first place at the costume party two years ago. J (Ann Denman-Wyandot)
  •  My husband is a hunter. Duck Dynasty was popular. He dressed as a hunter and I dressed as a mallard duck. And yes-we were both in our fifties. Children at heart! (Pamella Semenyna-Holmes)
  • My best costume I guess would be a leopard. I believe I was 21 or somewhere around that age. (Lydia Tolbert-Wood)
  • I think my favorite costume was Wilma Flintstone. When two of my boys were young, our family dressed as Wilma, Fred, Pebbles, and Bam Bam. I was teaching English at a local community college, so since we had class on October 30th, I wore my Wilma costume to class. When I asked one of my young students a question, his response was, "Truthfully Mrs. Bowdish, I'm not sure I can answer without laughing at the bone in your hair!" (Robin Bowdish-Tuscarawas)

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  WHEN WAS YOUR LAST CUCUMBER FACIAL?

SUE GIGA - OFCFCA
 
Families in crisis...reluctant group members...time constraints...dwindling resources...continual change...it is no wonder many of us feel stressed at work and in our personal life. Yes-I know, we already know a lot about stress and techniques for reducing stress. Many of us have taken, or even taught, relaxation techniques. Nonetheless, there is some truth to the saying "Physician heal thyself." I find, despite what I have learned about taking care of myself, I often do not follow what I know I need to do. So, given the above stressors and the fact that the holidays are around the corner, I want to challenge each of you to take the following short "quiz". The items are based on an article "Top 10 Self-Care Strategies for Overall Stress Reduction" by Elizabeth Scott (July 2, 2017) ( https://www.verywell.com/self-care-strategies-overall-stress-reduction ). If you find an area (or two or three), you need to improve in, focus on it (them) over the next few months. There are plenty of techniques and lots of information out there to help. The article has several good. In addition, my search engine yielded 8,280,000 links for "reducing stress".  So, there is plenty of help out there! 
 
(IMPORTANT: Do not stress out trying to "fix" everything at once!)
 
 
I could to better in this area
I'm OK in this area
I'm doing great in this area
 
 
 
 
Get Enough Sleep
 
 
 
Maintain proper nutrition
 
 
 
Exercise regularly
 
 
 
Maintain Social Support
 
 
 
Find hobbies
 
 
 
Pamper yourself
 
 
 
Keep your mind sharp
 
 
 
Have the right attitude
 
 
 
Process your emotions
 
 
 
Maintain a spiritual practice
 
 
 
 

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DUE DATES

 
SYSTEM OF CARE (FCSS)

OCTOBER 11, 2017
Submit RR form for reimbursement funds.
 
EARLY INTERVENTION
 
According to DODD staff, the Early Intervention Grant System has replaced GMIS.  In order to get paid, your Expenditure Report should be submitted by the 24th of the month.  It is not necessary to file monthly expenditure reports but you cannot go more than three months without filing one.
 
 HOME VISITING/MIECHV
 
According to ODH staff, you should check your contract, solicitation, and/or notice of awards for specific due dates and reporting requirements.

 
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MEETING & TRAINING DATES


OFCFCA MEETINGS 

OCTOBER 16 & 17,  2017
Annual Meeting

NOVEMBER  17, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting 

DECEMBER 22, 2017
State Meeting

 *****

OFCF REGIONAL MEETINGS

CANTON

November 17, 2017
 
ZANESVILLE

November 27, 2017

JACKSON

November 28, 2017*

FINDLAY

November 30, 2017


DAYTON
November 15, 2017



* An ENGAGE Learning Communities meeting will follow the regional meeting in Jackson.   Regional meetings are 10:00 to 12:00.  The ENGAGE Learning Communities meetings are from 1:00 to 4:00. 
 
ALWAYS CHECK IF IN DOUBT!

Things change and typos occur so always check with the  sponsoring group if in doubt about any due date or meeting/training date.
 


We're in This Together-Lessons from Geese
(from Camp Edison) 

Why do geese fly in a V formation? Scientists have learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a V formation, the entire flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.     
 
Lesson 4

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.  We need to be careful with what we say when we honk from behind.  Encouragement is motivating.  We need to make sure our honking is positive and not negative.  
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