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Strategic plan envisions modernized children services system

Strategic plan envisions modernized children services system

PCSAO’s membership met Dec. 3 to approve an ambitious two-year strategic plan that seeks to modernize Ohio’s child protection system with respect to a shared practice model, a culture of safety for frontline workers and racial equity.

The 2021-22 Strategic Modernization Plan updates the association’s mission to include building public value for the work of child protection, continues core functions and adds four modernization areas, including new strategies for the Children’s Continuum of Care Reform.

Developed by PCSAO’s Board of Trustees, the modernization plan resulted in part from agency leaders’ desire to look inward in order 1) to improve practice and make the work of children services more consistent across counties; 2) to adopt safety science and create a culture of safety to support caseworkers; and 3) to address racial disproportionality and other issues of equity and inclusion in the system. Strategies embrace the current transformation in children services stemming from the Family First Act, the Governor’s Children Services Transformation Advisory Council and PCSAO’s own reform plan.

Ongoing core functions include public policy advocacy, program excellence including Ohio START, member services and public value. The plan will inform the work of staff, board and members over the next two years.