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

Next CAND Meeting: August 4, 2021

All meetings are temporarily being held via Zoom.

2020 CAND Roster

Child in Need of Protective Services (CHIPS)

The CHIPS subcommittee is beginning to meet again in 2021, with its first meeting of the year scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The group plans to review existing language in the CHIPS proposal and begin improving the legislation for presentation to legislative officials.

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Quality Hearing Workgroup

All three subcommittees (Attorney Training & Standards, Multidisciplinary Representation, and Pre-Petition Representation) within the Quality Legal Representation are in the beginning stages of drafting each group’s toolkit product.

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Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup

The QRTP Toolkit and Bench card are currently under the internal review process at the Supreme Court of Ohio. The release of the toolkit and associated trainings are still scheduled for mid-summer 2021.

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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, as well as training for child welfare professionals.

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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

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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.

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