The Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency (CAND)

The Subcommittee on Responding to Child Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency (CAND)

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.

Upcoming Meetings of the CAND Subcommittee

CAND Meeting: March 4, 2020

CAND Meeting: August 12, 2020

CAND Meeting: October 28, 2020

All meetings are held at the Supreme Court of Ohio located at 65 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43215.

2019 CAND Roster


Child in Need of Protective Services (CHIPS)

The CHIPS workgroup met via phone conference on October 22, 2019 to continue preparations for reintroduction of CHIPS legislation. The group will continue to focus on making updates to the legislative language to ensure compliance with federal changes and prepare materials to help introduce CHIPS to stakeholder groups. The workgroup will meet again on January 29, 2020.

Quality Hearing Workgroup

The Quality Hearing Project workgroup held a phone conference on December 3, 2019 to review and make final changes to the Court Report and Bench Guide.  Both tools will begin the finalization process and the group will focus on developing plans for training and roll-out. 

Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup

The QRTP oversight workgroup’s recommendations for the FFPSA Leadership Committee included the creation of a CAND FFPSA QRTP court oversight workgroup. This workgroup will hold its first meeting on February 4, 2020.

Children’s Justice Act

Programs supported by CJA funding focus on reform of State systems and improve the process by which States respond to case of abuse and neglect. 

CJA Three-year Assessment Report

Previous Subcommittee Work

Recent efforts of the Subcommittee and its associated workgroups have focused on issues such as changes to Guardian ad Litem rules (Rule of Superintendence 48), Caregiver Notice and Right to be Heard, Youth Engagement in Court Proceedings, and issues specific to youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Though these workgroups are no longer meeting, the work products remain timely and helpful to child welfare professionals.