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)
On May 14, 2019, the newly formed CHIPS Workgroup met for the first time to reexamine past CHIPS enactment efforts and to discuss the current climate of child welfare as it relates to readiness for CHIPS. The workgroup reviewed a charge, and discussed possible strategies and processes for a new CHIPS proposal. The workgroup’s second meeting is scheduled for August 27, 2019. Current research is focusing on potential implications for mandated reporting and central registry/work license issues under a CHIPS schematic.
Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Quality Hearing Project Workgroup
The CFSR/Quality Hearing Project workgroup held its first in-person meeting on March 6, 2019 to hear a presentation on the report and evaluation completed by Dr. Alicia Summers, Ph.D., of Data Savvy Consulting, LLC. The workgroup met on both May 1, 2019 and June 12, 2019 to begin intensive work on creating both a draft court report and bench guide to address quality hearings. The workgroup’s next meeting is scheduled for July 30, 2019.
Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup
Under the Family First Prevention Services Leadership committee, the QRTP court oversight workgroup is examining a recommended court oversight plan as it relates to QRTP placements; recommendations to address court hearings versus administrative review; recommendations for training courts; and definitions related to permanency hearing and cost. The workgroup held a conference call on June 25, 2019 to discuss and draft recommendations for the Leadership committee, which will be finalized in July 2019.
Children’s Justice Act
Final Reports Coming Soon!
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.