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 met on March 4, 2020. The meeting focused on discussing the new CHIPS framework and how to better expand the framework in the context of a comprehensive CHIPS recommendation. The new framework includes incorporation of clear process guidelines and expectations to strengthen the CHIPS goals of increasing consistency and expediting permanency. The workgroup plans to continue refining the new CHIPS recommendation.
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 April 29, 2020. The group reviewed ORC/OAC sections potentially impacted by FFPSA QRTP court oversight requirements, discussed the development of a judicial toolkit, shared updates from previously assigned work, and identified research projects to inform the group’s future work. The workgroup’s next meeting is scheduled for May 29, 2020.
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.