The Ohio Child Protection Law Reform Initiative is the name given to the ground-breaking work of the Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency of the Supreme Court of Ohio's Advisory Committee on Children and  Families.

The Subcommittee's charge is to:
identify ways in which Ohio's child protection law, policy and practice can be improved; formulate strategies and suggestions for improvement; and assist in implementing legislative and policy changes.

Below are webpages with information about the Subcommittee's current initiatives and links to other child and family resource sites.




The January 2003 federal Ohio Child and Family Services Review, an assessment of States for substantial conformity with certain Federal requirements for child protective services, found that Ohio is not consistent in its efforts to protect children from abuse or neglect and that Ohio lacks “clear and consistent statewide criteria” for initial child abuse screening decisions. In response, the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Children, Families, ...


Ohio courts are required to give notice of proceedings and the opportunity to present evidence to caregivers of children involved in child protection cases. The Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency has recommended strategies to ensure courts comply with statutory requirements for notice and that caregivers have a meaningful opportunity to participate in proceedings related to the children in their care, inlcuding the developement of a toolkit.


A court may appoint a guardian ad litem in proceedings filed in domestic, juvenile, probate or general divisions of a common pleas court to assist the court in determining a child’s best interest.  The  Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency  is reviewing laws, practices and policies and developing recommendations regarding guardian ad litem practice under Rule 48 of the Supreme Court Rules of Superintendence. 


Children and youth who are involved with child welfare and foster care systems have life-changing decisions made about them by caseworkers, attorneys and judges.  Often the voice of the child in these proceedings is not heard directly.  The Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency has developed a toolkit aimed at assisting judges in including children and youth in a decision-making process leads to better outcomes for kids. 

You may also be interested in:
The Ohio IPV Collaborative
Ohio's response for children exposed to domestic violence.
The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website
You can make a difference to a child in need of an adoptive family!
Family and Youth Advocacy Website
Meeting the needs of systems-involved youth.
Ohio's Families and Children Rule Review Site
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