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The OCWTP Is a Collaborative Partnership

Founded in 1986, the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program is a comprehensive, competency-based inservice training (CCBIT) system for staff, managers, and resource families in Ohio’s 88 county Public Children Services Agencies (PCSAs).

Designed as a state/county, public/private collaboration, the OCWTP develops and  provides an array of training activities to promote mastery of the complex knowledge and skills needed to assure protection and permanence for Ohio’s abused and neglected children.

The OCWTP Statewide Steering Committee (see box at right) conducts strategic and operational planning, program management, and oversight for all OCWTP initiatives and activities. Training is provided by highly skilled and certified trainers through a regionally organized delivery system. 

OCWTP's Collaborating Organizations:

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) co-chairs the Statewide Steering Committee and manages the OCWTP's contracts and funding.

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) co-chairs the Statewide Steering Committee and advocates for the needs of county child welfare agencies.

Eight Regional Training Centers (RTCs), operated by county public children services agencies, identify and address the training needs of staff and assist in developing, piloting, and evaluating training activities.

Ohio's University Consortium for Child and Adult Services (OUCCAS), the OCWTP's current State Training Coordinator, facilitates and coordinates all program activities, develops training curricula and other resources, and provides fiscal administration.

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OCWTP's Statewide Steering Committee

Laura Graf (Co-Chair), ODJFS
Scott Britton (Co-Chair), PCSAO
Amy Amburn, Montgomery Co. JFS
Danielle Swendal, Knox Co. CS
Sally Fitch, State Training Coord.
Mary Serapiglia, NEORTC
L.Vicky Rhoads, CORTC
Dale Hotaling, WORTC
Tracie Stein, SEORTC
Marquetese Betts, NCORTC
Melonny King, NWORTC
Stacey Hatte, SWORTC
Brian Wear, ECORTC
Marynell Townsend, Foster Caregiver
Melissa Smith, Foster Caregiver

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