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)

A final draft of the proposed CHIPS legislation has been reviewed and approved by CAND. The proposed language is now currently under review by ACCF.

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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 Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) Level of Care Assessments Toolkit for Judicial Use is now available on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s website: https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/JCS/CFC/resources/QRTPToolkit.pdf

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Quality Legal Representation in Child Welfare Workgroup

The pilot project proposals for pre-petition and multidisciplinary legal representation have been submitted for review by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Awards will be selected and administered in late summer and projects will begin in the fall.

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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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