Columbus to Host Fostering Connections Event

The fourth Fostering Connections and Community for Young People Aging Out of Foster Care community event will be held in Columbus, Ohio on September 17, 2014.

All are welcome to attend —we hope you can join us! The first part of the event will highlight the need and opportunity to extend support for foster youth through age 21 and will include youth speakers. We will then develop program recommendations in break-out groups. Join us for the first two hours to learn and stay if you are interested in making program recommendations.

Hosts include: UMCH Family Services, Starfish Alliance, Franklin County Family and Children First Council, and Ohio Fostering Connections.



CANS Assessment Tool Training: Nov 4-5

Dr. John Lyons, developer of the CANS tool

Dr. John Lyons, developer of the CANS tool

OACCA, in partnership with Dr. John Lyons, will present a two-day training to further the implementation of The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) evidence-based functional assessment tool across Ohio. The purpose of this training event is to increase the availability of certified CANS trainers in public and private child welfare and mental health agencies in Ohio.

The training will explore how the CANS provides direction for service planning related to needs and strengths and for levels of care placement decisions and mental health screening. Attendees can expect an overview of outcomes management, an explanation of the communication model, a detailed review of the manual with case examples, a practice vignette, and individual scoring of a vignette to attain certification in the use of the tool.


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Featured Membership Benefit: COA Accreditation Fee Discount

OACCA is partnering with the Council on Accreditation (COA) to offer Ohio’s child and family service agencies an incredible benefit: a 25% discount on COA accreditation fees. This benefit is available for private and public agencies.  Click here to learn more.


Ohio Fostering Connections


Ohio Fostering Connections is organizing Ohio’s efforts to extend supports to foster youth through age 21.  Learn more and get involved in this statewide effort!


OACCA Releases CANS Report

OACCA is pleased to announce the release of “Use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) in Child Welfare in the United States”. The report was commissioned by OACCA and written by Dr. John S. Lyons, developer of CANS.

Download the free report here.

The report advances an understanding of:
- advantages and disadvantages of using the tool in Ohio’s child welfare system,
- how the CANS is used in statewide child welfare systems, and
- how the CANS is used as an outcomes management tool by providers and governments.

OACCA is partnering with ODJFS, PCSAs, and our members to explore the best methods to implement CANS in Ohio’s child welfare systems. The report will aid those efforts as it presents a variety of state implementation methods and clarifies the extent of its use with providers, clients, families, and governments.

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