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 held its second meeting on August 27, 2019. Discussions included potential implications for mandated reporting and central registry/work license issues under a CHIPs schematic as well as the need to create data-informed discussion points to share with stakeholders. The workgroup also discussed the pros and cons of rebranding CHIPs. The group’s next steps include a final review of the previously proposed CHIPs legislation to ensure compliance with FFPSA and CARA, and to make any other necessary updates.
Quality Hearing Workgroup
The Quality Hearing Project workgroup met on September 18, 2019. The focus of the meeting was to finalize a draft of the Court Report and to review and discuss a draft Bench Guide to accompany same. The group plans to circulate final drafts of both work products as its next step, as well as planning for accompanying training.
Family First Prevention Services Act QRTP Court Oversight Workgroup
The QRTP oversight workgroup’s recommendations for the FFPSA Leadership Committee included the creation of a CAND FFPSA QRTP court oversight workgroup. This workgroup is currently in the planning stages, with the first meeting to be announced in the coming months.
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.