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.
Child in Need of Protective Services (CHIPS)
The CHIPS workgroup and Subcommittee recently approved a packet of materials to be sent to the Governor’s Office of Children Services Transformation with the goal of aligning CHIPS closely with the offices’ priorities. The prepared packet includes an explanatory Memo, the new CHIPS Framework, a History of CHIPS document, a Case Example illustrating why CHIPS is important, and other appendices.
The new framework includes incorporation of clear process guidelines and expectations to strengthen the CHIPS goals of increasing consistency and expediting permanency.
Quality Hearing Workgroup
The Quality Hearing Project workgroup’s Bench Guide was approved at the February 5, 2020 Advisory Committee meeting. Both the Bench Guide and Court Report tools will begin the finalization process and the group will continue to focus on developing plans for training and roll-out.
Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup
The FFPSA QRTP Court Oversight workgroup met on May 29, 2020. After reviewing updates in Ohio’s FFPSA implementation progress, the meeting focused on a review of extensive research, including approved/pending FFPSA plans from other states and juvenile competency and bind over hearing procedure, both to help inform recommendations related to QRTP-required hearings. The group also engaged in discussions about QRTP assessments and placements and continued plans for the judicial toolkit. The workgroup will meet on July 31.
Quality Legal Representation in Child Welfare Workgroup
The Subcommittee’s newest workgroup will address quality parent and child representation in child welfare with a focus on multisystem collaboration.
The workgroup will hold its first meeting in September.
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.