The Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency (CAND) functions under the Supreme Court of Ohio’s standing Advisory Committee on Children and Families. A diverse group of professional in all areas of issues related to children and families, the Subcommittee also functions as the Children’s Justice Act Task force. CAND members also make up content-specific workgroups formed out of the core subcommittee.

 

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. 

 

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, ...

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