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Plant a Row for the Hungry - Columbus, Ohio


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Plant a Row for the Hungry - Columbus, Ohio

  1. 1. 510 East Mound Street • Suite 200 Columbus, Ohio 43215 Phone 614-224-5802 • Fax 614-228-5150 Website: PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 IN THIS ISSUE:  Kinship Navigator Update PCSAO Staff  MCWIC Crystal Ward Allen Executive Director  Shared Services Report Gayle Channing Tenenbaum  Human Trafficking Update Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs  Unlocking the Chains Conference Update Gregory R. Kapcar  Stark Co. JFS Community Workshop Calendar Legislative Director  Report: Ohio’s Summer Food Programs Scott Britton  2012 Multigenerational Conference on Transition Assistant Director  2012 Connecting the Dots Conference Jeed Jitprasert Operations Manager  Permanency Solutions for Foster Children Michelle Jordan  Human Trafficking in Ohio Training The Ohio State University, College of  Teen and Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Social Work  Child Welfare in the News Aaron Johnson Cleveland State University, Levin  Welcome Intern Yiwen Cao! College of Urban Affairs  Upcoming Meetings Yiwen Cao  Employment Opportunities The Ohio State University, College of Social Work  Green Living Tip  This Week in History Editor: Michelle Jordan E-mail:  Quote of the Day Follow us on Facebook!KINSHIP NAVIGATOR UPDATE – the famous Tim Harless of Richland CCS and Peggy Reeves of Crawford JFS, alongwith Crystal Allen of PCSAO, attended the federal Fostering Connections grantee conference in Washington DC this week.The three day event was wonderful – keynotes included Children’s Bureau Commissioner Bryan Samuels (more on traumaand well being); Case Western Reserve U’s Dr. Carol Musil presenting her 10 year research cohort of grandparents andgrandchildren. We had sessions devoted to sustainability, replication and dissemination, evaluation, etc. Peggy Reeves andTim Harless presented on replication of the Kinship Navigator model here in Ohio (the grantees are finalizing a ReplicationManuel – they will do a workshop at the PCSAO Conference!) Crystal presented on sustainability, particularly as part of thefull continuum of kinship and broader child welfare service system. We were also fortunate to spend time with grantevaluator Julie Murphy of HSRI; she is a partner as PCSAO and state / regional partners seek a federal grant to bring KinshipNavigator Services statewide. Other Ohioan PCSA reps in attendance were Kythryn Carr Hurd of Franklin CCS with theAmethyst Women’s Residential Treatment grant group and Margy Weaver of Hamilton JFS with the Kids in School Rule!grant group.) We did a lot of walking to site see, including viewing the monuments at night, and networked with our federalstaff and colleagues in other states.MCWIC – the MCWIC (Partners for Ohio’s Families) Advisory Committee met Friday, June 8 to provide insight anddialogue with ODJFS and each other on this effort. The Rule Review process continues, MANY THANKS to all the PCSA,private provider and State staff that persist with this daunting task. We are seeking a moratorium on the regular 5 YearReview process thru JCARR during this time. The STEP Technical Assistance enhancement work continues with a pilotbetween ODJFS Office for Families and Children staff including TAS’ and three counties – Allen CCS, Licking JFS and RossJFS. ODJFS also continues to work for active dialogue and partnership with local agencies and state associations for childwelfare (including youth and resource families.)PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 page 1/5
  2. 2. SHARED SERVICES REPORT - the Kasich administration’s new report outlining current and potential governmentalefficiencies is available on-line, BeyondBoundaries.Ohio.Gov. “Beyond Boundaries” provides a shared services action planand other documents such as the 10 recommendations; promising practices and examples; the shared services survey that wassent to schools and local government; and the survey results. Given the reduced Local Government Fund state resources, aswell as other state cuts, finding efficiencies is an essential strategy. Take a peek for ideas that might work in your world.HUMAN TRAFFICKING UPDATE – HB 262 has now fully passed the Legislature and has been sent to the Governor forhis signature. PCSAO is very appreciative of all for final language allowing juvenile courts to hold all related charges inabeyance for minor victims of trafficking, with court discretion to order individualized services (trauma informed care,education, health, placement) while the youth engages in treatment. The court can eventually dismiss all charges, therebyproviding motivation to engage in services and a better potential future for these vulnerable youth. There are other positivepublic policy provisions included, you can view an outline of the bill here. The Governor’s office is also preparing acomprehensive report for how the State can better coordinate services among all agencies, re Human Trafficking. This reportis complimentary to the Ohio Attorney General’s HT Commission. Look for a series of Human Trafficking webinars (foreducators, students, parents/public) to be offered in early fall by the Ohio Dept of Education – PCSAO is assisting with these,many thanks to our student intern Aaron Johnson for his time and talents! See PCSAO’s Human Trafficking Fact Sheet here.“UNLOCKING THE CHAINS” ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONFERENCE ~ By Aaron Johnson, PCSAO InternOn Friday June 8th, the Central Ohio Restore & Rescue Coalition and the Ohio Department of Public Safety co-sponsored thethird annual “Unlocking the Chains” Anti-Human Trafficking Conference. Roughly 100 participants attended three (out ofnine offered) sessions revolving around the theme of “Reduce Demand. Stand Together. Create Change”.A key point that I took away from the conference was that the fight against sex trafficking is largely a fight against demand.Trafficking is a commercial enterprise, and so if fewer people desired to pay for sex then profits and incidence would alsodecrease. Furthermore, I learned that there are two concrete actions that I can take to reduce demand. First, I can rejectpornography which hyper-fuels the sex trafficking industry. Second, I can speak out against the “seeds” of humantrafficking—the media images which normalize the objectification and exploitation of women.STARK COUNTY DEPT. OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES’ JULY 2012 COMMUNITY WORKSHOP CALENDAR-We are excited to sponsor a workshop on July 12th by the Early Childhood Resource Center. Parents who register and attendthis workshop will receive a FREE one month membership at the Early Childhood Resource Center. Community Workshops - July 2012 Free and Open to Customers & Community Partners  SCJFS: Medicaid Spend Down Thursday, July 5th at 10 a.m.  SCJFS: Early Childhood Resource Center Overview - This presentation will focus on the programs and services that are available at the ECRC for families with young children. These programs provide opportunities for parents to work with their young children on age-appropriate activities that spark imagination and promote learning in a variety of learning domains and content areas. Parents who attend this workshop will receive a free one-year membership at the Early Childhood Resource Center. Member benefits include: participation with the Inspiration Station, access to children’s library, arts and crafts room, toy lending library, child development information, a parent cafe, outdoor playscape, consultations with early childhood specialists, family support services and discounts on educational toys. Thursday, July 12th at 10 a.m. Registration required by July 10th - Call 330-451-8028  SCJFS: Medicaid Spend Down Thursday, July 19th at 10 a.m.  SCJFS: Couponing Workshop - Participants receive a $10 Giant Eagle voucher. Thursday, July 26th at 10 a.m. Registration required by July 24th - Call 330-451-8028  SARTA Travel Training - Earn a 31-day bus pass upon completion. Monday, July 30th at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or 12 p.m. Registration required by July 27th - Call 330-451-8028 All workshops held at Stark County JFS, Midtown Plaza, 221 3rd St. S.E., Canton, Ohio 44702PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 page 2/5
  3. 3. REPORT: 1 OUT OF 10 ELIGBLE OHIO CHILDREN RECEIVING SUMMER MEALS – Report: 1 out of 10 Eligible Ohio Children Receiving Summer Meals (Read full text here.) When it comes to keeping low-income children from going hungry during the summer months, a new report finds Ohio is falling short. The report ranked Ohio 37th among states in participation in summer food programs. According to the Food Research and Action Center, last year in the state more than 844,000 children were enrolled in the free or reduced-price school lunch program. But the executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks, Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, says only a fraction of them are getting adequate nutrition during the summer months. "This summer, unfortunately, only about one out of every ten of those children will be reached through a summer food service program, primarily due to a lack of sponsors and sites within communities where low-income children and their families reside." Hamler-Fugitt says its not too late, however, to ensure that hungry children benefit from food programs this summer. Local groups, schools, faith-based, or not-for-profit organizations interested in becoming food program sites are encouraged to contact the OhioDepartment of Education, so they can be connected with potential sponsors. Families can find nearby summer meal sites bycalling 1-855-570-7377. The report is available at http://www.oashf.org2012 MULTIGENERATIONAL FORUM ON TRANSITION - Hi Friends – it is very exciting that Adrian McLemore hasbeen selected to participate in the 2012 Multigenerational Forum on Transition, sponsored by the International Summit ofYouth in Care, to be held June 29. Lisa Dickson (Foster Care Alumni of Ohio) and Doris Edelmann (Montgomery CoChildren Services) will join him.2012 CONNECTING THE DOTS CONFERENCE FOR FOSTER CARETEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS – Foster care teens and young adults fromyour county are cordially invited to attend the (FREE) Connecting the DotsConference for Foster Care Teens and Young Adults.WHEN: Friday, August 3, 2012WHERE: Doubletree Worthington, 175 Hutchinson Ave, Columbus, OH• FREE Registration• Conference Schedule• Planning Committee• Sponsors *please note that we are still seeking additional sponsorshipThe 2012 Connecting the Dots Conference will begin with a keynote from Archie Griffin, an icon in Ohio State footballhistory as a peerless running back from 1972-75, and the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner.This event will include workshops designed to connect Adults who bring youth are welcome to attend, andteens/young adults in and from foster care with: participate in adult workshops (eligible for CEUs) on the• Employment following topics:• Higher Education • Housing Resources for Emancipated Youth• Youth Voice in Court • Meeting Youth Where They Are: Resources to Support• Personal Health Youth in Crisis• Lifelong Connections • Three Separate Roundtables with ODJFS, on the topics of Connecting the Dots, SACWIS and NYTTo register or learn more, please visit: YOUR TEAM TO ATHENS JUNE 28, TOLEDO AUGUST 14, OR DAYTON AUGUST 15 – In evaluations ofour first forum, PCSA execs reported high levels of satisfaction when they were able to bring together a team of stakeholdersincluding their judge or magistrate, prosecutor, private provider, adoption advocate, and board member or commissioner. Idealteams number between 5 and 8, with a strong balance between PCSA staff and other stakeholders. Many agencies alreadyembrace a culture of permanency, but may run into roadblocks on the legal end. Having court personnel present to hear aboutthe importance of rapid and efficient case administration can go a long way toward improving understanding, directors told us.Three more forums on permanency are coming up. Community partners interested in attending should contact their localPCSA director. Registration for the Athens forum closes June 21.PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 page 3/5
  4. 4. PERMANENCY SOLUTIONS FOR FOSTER CHILDRENPermanency Trends, Barriers, and Plans for Longstaying and Reentering Youth Southeast | Athens | Ohio University Inn Thursday, June 28 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Northwest | Toledo/Perrysburg | Holiday Inn French Quarter Tuesday, August 14 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Southwest | Dayton | The Mandalay Wednesday, August 15 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN OHIO: Background & Victim Services Training• Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012• Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM• Location: Viaquest, Columbus (Dublin suburb)• Cost: $55 for members, $85 all others• CEUs: Pending• Presenter: Rachel E. Adkins, MSW, LSW, Anti-Human Trafficking Education Specialist, The Salvation Army• Summary: This training will discuss the definition, scope and prevalence of human trafficking internationally and in the US, with a focus on Ohio. The differences of labor trafficking and sex trafficking will be outlined, including definitions, risk factors and prevalence. Participants will learn how and where human trafficking takes place, the multiple psychological and physical effects of trafficking on victims, and how to identify and help survivors. There will also be discussion on reducing the demand for trafficking, as well as information on pimp/trafficker control tactics. There will be a focus on at-risk youth for trafficking, their vulnerability factors, and how to identify a potential minor victim and link him or her with appropriate resources and services. There will be discussion on trauma and how to provide trauma-informed services to survivors of trafficking. There will also be information on how to get involved in the effort to combat trafficking locally.• Sponsor: OACCA• Registration Deadline: July 31, 2012View all of OACCA’s current trainings and conferences here.TEEN AND UNPLANNED PREGNANCY PREVENTIONThe key to reducing teen pregnancy among Latinas lies in education, according to a reportreleased by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.Fast Facts:  Nearly half the Latinas in the U.S. get pregnant before age 20.  The U.S. has the highest rate of teen pregnancies in the developed world with about 750,000 pregnancies yearly.  Latino teens and young adults are twice as likely as non-Hispanic blacks and four times more likely than non- Hispanic whites to have dropped out of high school.  More than 35 percent of Latinas who drop out of high school between their sophomore and senior years say it is because of pregnancy.  More than half (54 percent) the Latina teens who have babies do not complete high school, compared to 34 percent of teen moms overall.WELCOME TO INTERN YIWEN CAO – PCSAO is pleased to add another intern to its staff this summer. Yiwen Cao iscurrently a MSW/PhD combined student in social work at the Ohio State University. She received a BA in English and a MAin English Literature from Beijing Normal University (BNU) in China. Her research interests are child services, servicedelivery, program evaluation, performance measurement and management in human services organizations. Past professionalexperiences include internship in Child Welfare Center in One Foundation Philanthropy Research Institute at BNU, apsychosocial support project at Red Cross Society of China and the Multicultural Center at the Ohio State University. Yiwenwill be with us two days a week through May 2013 and will be involved with human resource projects.PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 page 4/5
  5. 5. CHILD WELFARE IN THE NEWS  Anti-Human Trafficking Bill Passes Ohio House, June 13, 2012UPCOMING MEETINGS – For full 2012 calendar, click here! When What Where June 18 Legislative Committee (CANCELED) CORTC/FCCS June 21-22 PCSAO Execs Membership Meeting Mohican State Park June 21 PCSAO Trustees Meeting Mohican State Park June 27 HR/Safety Committee PCSAO July 4 Independence Day (Holiday) PCSAO is closed. July 16 Legislative Committee CORTC/FCCSEMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – For more information, please visit our website. For PCSA agencies – if you’relooking at hiring graduates from the University Partnership Program (UPP), please visit the UPP graduates list. Posted Date Organization Available Position6/15/2012 Champaign County DJFS Human Resource Officer6/15/2012 Communities In Schools of Central Ohio Grants Administrator6/13/2012 Delaware County DJFS Social Services Worker III/Ongoing Unit6/8/2012 Carroll County DJFS Social Services Worker 26/6/2012 Advocates for Ohios Future Communications Director6/5/2012 Portage County DJFS Management Information System (MIS) Coordinator6/5/2012 Madison County DJFS Social Services Supervisor5/25/2012 Clermont County DJFS Social Services Worker 3GREEN LIVING TIP – Plant a Row for the Hungry! While you’re digging in yourgarden this summer, plant a row for the hungry! Support your local food banks, soupkitchens, and service organizations to help feed Americas hungry. Learn more details here!Since 1995, over 18 million pounds of produce providing over 72 million meals have beendonated by American gardeners. All of this has been achieved without government subsidyor bureaucratic red tape - just people helping people. Support Plant A Row and help make adifference in your community!THIS WEEK IN HISTORY – First Roller Coaster in America Opens June 16th, 1884On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York.Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximatelysix miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by theturn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.QUOTE OF THE DAY – “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou (American Poet,b.1928).PCSAO Weekly Update June 15, 2012 page 5/5