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 January 29, 2020 to continue preparations for reintroduction of CHIPS legislation. After a productive review and discussion, the group will continue to refine legislation changes and will include CHIPS process in the workgroup’s focus. By including clear process guidelines and expectations in the proposed recommendations, the workgroup will further efforts to strengthen the CHIPS goals of increasing consistency and expediting permanency. The workgroup will meet again on March 4, 2020.
Quality Hearing Workgroup
The Quality Hearing Project workgroup’s Bench Guide was approved at the February 5, 2020 Advisory Committee meeting. Both 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 held its first meeting on February 5, 2020. Discussions focused on a detailed review of court oversight requirements under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The workgroup will continue this review and will also examine areas for associated statutory and rule recommended changes as well as ideas for specific tools and training elements to assist courts in their oversight role.
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.