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Annual conference welcomes candidates, presents awards

Annual conference welcomes candidates, presents awards

Both gubernatorial campaigns joined trainers, researchers, children services professionals and awardees at the 33rd annual conference of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio this week. PCSAO presented its most prestigious award, Child Advocate of the Year, to The Ohio State University College of Social Work on Thursday.

Richard Cordray’s running mate, Betty Sutton, shared her vision for the children services system on Wednesday, and Mike DeWine addressed the conference on Thursday. PCSAO also recognized Rep. Janine Boyd and Judge (and former representative) Jeffrey Rezabek as Legislators of the Year for their leadership in the General Assembly championing policies to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Mark Curnutte of The Cincinnati Enquirer was named Journalist of the Year on Thursday. Curnutte and his colleagues won a Pulitzer Prize for their series “7 Days of Heroin,” and Curnutte was honored for a follow-up story on a girl who came into Hamilton County children services custody because of the epidemic.

Read more about all of the PCSAO awardees, including videos created by youth recognized for Rising Up and Moving On and photos of the Family of the Year winners. And don’t forget to explore photos from the conference on Flickr.

Mike Kenney of Kinnect challenged children services leaders in his keynote address on Friday.

The three-day conference, which drew more than 500 child protection professionals from across the state, showcased evidence-based practices and trends in the field.