Ohio Fostering Connections Releases Report

On December 15, 2014, Ohio Fostering Connections released a report on the cost-benefit analysis of implementing the Ohio Fostering Connections Act in Ohio. The report also includes the recommendations on how the program should be designed, implemented, and integrated into Ohio’s community child welfare and housing systems.

The cost-benefit research was conducted by Alvin S. Mares, PhD, MSW, LSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Dr. Mares is one of the nation’s leading scholars on outcomes of young adults leaving foster care.

The program recommendations are based on feedback received from five community events that were held around Ohio during the summer of 2014. Foster parents, foster youth alumni, child welfare professionals, elected officials, and advocates were active participants.

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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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