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)
CAND Chair Judge Anthony Capizzi and David Edelblute, Manager, Children and Families Section at the Supreme Court of Ohio, presented the approved CHIPS packet to the Governor’s Child Welfare Transformation Advisory Council on September 9, 2020.
The prepared packet included 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 Workgroup’s Bench Guide and Court Report tools are in the finalization process and the group will turn its focus onto developing plans for training and roll-out.
Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup
The FFPSA QRTP Court Oversight workgroup met on September 23, 2020. The meeting focused on continued development of the judicial toolkit and bench guide, and also included discussions surrounding the GAL role in QRTP determinations and access to the QRTP assessment reports. The workgroup will meet next on November 12, 2020.
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.
The workgroup will hold its first meeting this fall.
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.