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State:                    Ohio
Contact Person:
  Dorothy Striker
Contact Address:
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Families and Children, Child Protection Section, P.O Box 183204, Columbus, Ohio 43218-3204
Contact Phone:    (614) 752-1256
Email:
                   dorothy.striker@jfs.ohio.gov
URL:                  
Founded In:         June 1999
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Brief Description:

Ohio is in transition with the citizen review panel (CRP) initiative. Ohio is in the final stages of developing a request for proposal to solicit a vendor to develop and coordinate three new CRP's. Currently, Ohio fulfills the CAPTA requirement with the Stark County Family Court Citizen Review Board (CRB) and two statewide groups, Statewide Child Fatality Review Advisory Committee (SCFRAC) and Overcoming Hurdles in Ohio Youth Advisory Board (OHIO YAB).

The SCFRAC is statutorily authorized and was established in 2002. The mission of SCFRAC is to reduce the incidence of preventable deaths in Ohio. The SCFRAC receives reports from each county child fatality review team regarding each child fatality case that is reviewed by the local child fatality review team. The report completed during case reviews examines what specific changes the team believes should occur to prevent other deaths and keep children safe, healthy and protected. Additionally, the report requests specific recommendations and/or actions that resulted from the case review. This includes the development of new policies, revised policies, new programs, new services, and expanded services.

The OHIO YAB is a statewide organization of young people, age 14-23, who have experienced foster care. The organization has been in operation since July 2006. Their mission is to be the knowledgeable statewide youth voice that influences policies and practices that effect all youth who have or will experience out of home care. Currently, coordination of and funding for OHIO YAB’s CRP activities are provided through the Ohio CASA/GAL Association (CASA) contract to develop a Youth Strategic Sharing Training. The training is designed to prepare youth to make good choices when sharing their personal experiences so that their voices can be heard, their message is effective, and their well-being is protected. This structure enabled OHIO YAB to expand their outreach and engage more youth statewide, increase their adult participation and give them a stronger voice with their legal representatives.

The Stark County Juvenile Court operates a CRB. The CRB monitors implementation of case plan objectives and timeframes for permanency for children who have been adjudicated as abused, neglected and/or dependent. In addition, the board monitors the number of contacts the caseworker has with a child and his/her parents, the involvement of the parent in the development of the case plan, and parental participation in semi-annual reviews. The board also collaborates with the local public children services agency and CASA/Guardian Ad Litem program.

Websites:

SCFRAC: www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/cfhs/cfr/cfr1.aspx

Stark County Juvenile Court CRB: http://www.starkcountyohio.gov/family-court/casa/guardian-ad-litem/the-citizens-review-board-crb-

 

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