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2022 Awards

Nominations for 2022 awards are now open!

Each year, PCSAO recognizes and celebrates the achievements of our youth and families who have been served by Ohio’s public children services agencies, as well as the achievements of our child protection professionals who have served them. We are now accepting award nominations from public children services agencies. Nominations must be submitted by July 8. The 2022 PCSAO award winners will be announced during the annual conference to be held Sept. 19-21 at the Hilton Easton. Local agencies will notify winners prior to the event, and help make their arrangements.

Leaders of Tomorrow

Previously known as the Rising Up and Moving On (RUMO) Award, this strengths-based award’s new title is all about looking forward. Thousands of children and youth who have been served by Ohio’s child protection system have been successful because they built relationships and communities that allowed them to do wonderful things with their lives. Many have shown leadership and contributed to their communities in meaningful ways. These are the youth the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards seek to honor. The Leaders of Tomorrow award is open to youth ages 15 to 18 years (in school or recent graduates) who have had children services involvement, or youth who have reached the age of majority and have previous children services involvement. Preview the nomination form here to see what information is required.

Nominate a youth here: Leaders of Tomorrow nomination form

Family of the Year

PCSAO recognizes families who have succeeded in overcoming challenges and persevered to create a loving, stable family for their own children or those placed in their care. This includes birth families who have successfully stayed together or had their children reunified. It also includes kinship, foster, and adoptive families who have opened their hearts to provide temporary or permanent homes to children who needed them. Nominated families must have current or recent involvement with the PCSA and must have succeeded in overcoming challenges and persevered to create a loving, stable family for their own children or those placed in their care. Preview the nomination form here to see what information is required.

Nominate a family here: Family of the Year nomination form

Professional Awards

Each year, PCSAO recognizes and celebrates the achievement of our child protection professionals who have served Ohio’s public children services agencies. Caseworkers, supervisors, and support staff can be nominated. Nominations will be evaluated on staff members’ ability to develop positive relationships, innovative methods, commitment to leadership, advocacy for families, and positive contributions to the public image of child protection. Preview the nomination form here to see what information is required.

Nominate a staff member here: Professional Award nomination form