Chapter 5153: COUNTY CHILDREN SERVICES

5153.01 County children services definitions.

(A) As used in the Revised Code, "public children services agency" means an entity specified in section 5153.02 of the Revised Code that has assumed the powers and duties of the children services function prescribed by this chapter for a county.

(B) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Certified foster home" means a foster home, as defined in section 5103.02 of the Revised Code, certified under section 5103.03 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Certified organization" means any organization holding a certificate issued pursuant to section 5103.03 of the Revised Code that is in full force and effect.

(3) "Child" means any person under eighteen years of age or a mentally or physically handicapped person, as defined by rule adopted by the director of job and family services, under twenty-one years of age.

(4) "Executive director" means the person charged with the responsibility of administering the powers and duties of a public children services agency appointed pursuant to section 5153.10 of the Revised Code.

(5) "Organization" means any public, semipublic, or private institution, including maternity homes and day nurseries, and any private association, society, or agency, located or operating in this state, incorporated or unincorporated, having among its functions the furnishing of protective services or care for children or the placement of children in certified foster homes or elsewhere.

(6) "PCSA caseworker" means an individual employed by a public children services agency as a caseworker.

(7) "PCSA caseworker supervisor" means an individual employed by a public children services agency to supervise PCSA caseworkers.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.01

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.02 Who may serve as county public children services agency.

Each county shall have a public children services agency. Any of the following may be the public children services agency:

(A) A county children services board;

(B) A county department of job and family services;

(C) A private or government entity designated under section 307.981 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.02

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.03 Appointment to county board.

If a county children services board is a public children services agency for a county, the board of county commissioners shall appoint five members of the county children services board and for good cause may remove any member so appointed. Each of these members shall be appointed for the term of four years, but the board shall stagger their terms so that the terms of not more than two of the required members of the board expire in one year. The elected chairperson of any citizens advisory committee established under section 5153.05 of the Revised Code shall be an ex officio voting member of the county children services board. In addition to the five members it is required to appoint, a board of county commissioners of a county having less than one hundred thousand population according to the last federal census may appoint up to five or a board of county commissioners of a county having a population of one hundred thousand or more according to such census may appoint up to nine additional members of the county children services board. If these additional members are appointed, they shall be appointed for initial terms of one, two, three or four years as will maintain balance in the expiration dates of the members of the board. After the expiration of these original terms, these additional members shall be appointed for four-year terms. Any vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.03

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.04 Officers - meetings.

A county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code shall elect one of its members as chairperson and another as secretary. The chairperson may appoint committees composed of board members and other persons interested in child care. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum, and the action of a majority of the members present shall constitute the action of the board. The board shall meet at least once a month and called or adjourned meetings may be held at any time, as the board determines. The board members shall serve without compensation, but they shall be entitled to their necessary expenses and shall be considered employees of the county under section 325.20 of the Revised Code. Failure of any member of the board to attend three consecutive regular meetings, unless for reasons beyond the member's control, or other manifest indifference to the purposes or work of the board, shall be cause for the member's removal from such board.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.04

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.05 Advisory committee on children services.

If a county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code is a public children services agency for a county, the board may appoint an advisory committee on children services. If an entity specified in division (B) or (C) of section 5153.02 of the Revised Code is a public children services agency for a county, the board of county commissioners may appoint an advisory committee on children services. If appointed, an advisory committee may do all of the following:

(A) Further cooperation between the public children services agency and other child-caring agencies in the county;

(B) Carry out studies of the effectiveness and need for particular services to children in the county;

(C) Advise the public children services agency on policies pertaining to the provision of services to children.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.05

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.06 Employment contract with executive director.

The county children services board may enter into a written contract with the board's executive director specifying terms and conditions of the executive director's employment. The executive director shall not be in the classified civil service. The period of the contract shall not exceed three years. Such a contract shall in no way abridge the right of the county children services board to terminate the employment of the executive director as an unclassified employee at will, but may specify terms and conditions for any such termination.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.06

Effective Date: 09-05-2001

5153.07 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 5153.07

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.08 to 5153.091 Amended and Renumbered RC 5153.03 to 5153.05.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.08 to 5153.091

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.10 Executive director - inquiry into community conditions.

Each public children services agency shall designate an executive officer known as the "executive director," who shall not be in the classified civil service. The superintendent of the children's home, the county director of job and family services, or other individual may serve as the executive director.

The agency shall, from time to time, inquire into community conditions affecting the welfare of children and study the work of the agency and its relation to the work of other organizations whose functions are related to child welfare. The agency may, after consultation with the executive director, adopt rules of general application, not inconsistent with law or with the rules adopted by the director of job and family services.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.10

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.11 Executive director - powers and duties.

The executive director shall administer the work of the public children services agency, subject to the rules of the agency. With the approval of the agency, the executive director shall appoint all other employees except the superintendent of any institution maintained by the agency. Such superintendent shall appoint all employees in any such institution.

Upon the advice of one or more reputable practicing physicians, the executive director may consent to such medical, dental, and surgical care, including surgery and the administration of anesthetics, inoculations, and immunizations, or other care as appears to be necessary for any child who is in the temporary or permanent custody of such agency. The executive director may also consent to the enlistment of a ward of such agency into the armed forces of the United States.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.11

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.111 Criminal records check.

(A)

(1) The executive director of a public children services agency shall request the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation to conduct a criminal records check with respect to any applicant who has applied to the agency for employment as a person responsible for the care, custody, or control of a child. If the applicant does not present proof that the applicant has been a resident of this state for the five-year period immediately prior to the date upon which the criminal records check is requested or does not provide evidence that within that five-year period the superintendent has requested information about the applicant from the federal bureau of investigation in a criminal records check, the executive director shall request that the superintendent obtain information from the federal bureau of investigation as a part of the criminal records check for the applicant. If the applicant presents proof that the applicant has been a resident of this state for that five-year period, the executive director may request that the superintendent include information from the federal bureau of investigation in the criminal records check.

(2) Any person required by division (A)(1) of this section to request a criminal records check shall provide to each applicant a copy of the form prescribed pursuant to division (C)(1) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code, provide to each applicant a standard impression sheet to obtain fingerprint impressions prescribed pursuant to division (C)(2) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code, obtain the completed form and impression sheet from each applicant, and forward the completed form and impression sheet to the superintendent of the bureau of criminal identification and investigation at the time the person requests a criminal records check pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section.

(3) Any applicant who receives pursuant to division (A)(2) of this section a copy of the form prescribed pursuant to division (C)(1) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code and a copy of an impression sheet prescribed pursuant to division (C)(2) of that section and who is requested to complete the form and provide a set of fingerprint impressions shall complete the form or provide all the information necessary to complete the form and shall provide the impression sheet with the impressions of the applicant's fingerprints. If an applicant, upon request, fails to provide the information necessary to complete the form or fails to provide impressions of the applicant's fingerprints, that agency shall not employ that applicant for any position for which a criminal records check is required by division (A)(1) of this section.

(B)

(1) Except as provided in rules adopted by the director of job and family services in accordance with division (E) of this section, no public children services agency shall employ a person as a person responsible for the care, custody, or control of a child if the person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any of the following:

(a) A violation of section 2903.01 , 2903.02 , 2903.03 , 2903.04 , 2903.11 , 2903.12 , 2903.13 , 2903.16 , 2903.21 , 2903.34 , 2905.01 , 2905.02 , 2905.05 , 2907.02 , 2907.03 , 2907.04 , 2907.05 , 2907.06 , 2907.07 , 2907.08 , 2907.09 , 2907.21 , 2907.22 , 2907.23 , 2907.25 , 2907.31 , 2907.32 , 2907.321 , 2907.322 , 2907.323 , 2909.02 , 2909.03 , 2911.01 , 2911.02 , 2911.11 , 2911.12 , 2919.12 , 2919.22 , 2919.24 , 2919.25 , 2923.12 , 2923.13 , 2923.161 , 2925.02 , 2925.03 , 2925.04 , 2925.05 , 2925.06 , or 3716.11 of the Revised Code, a violation of section 2905.04 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1996, a violation of section 2919.23 of the Revised Code that would have been a violation of section 2905.04 of the Revised Code as it existed prior to July 1, 1996, had the violation occurred prior to that date, a violation of section 2925.11 of the Revised Code that is not a minor drug possession offense, or felonious sexual penetration in violation of former section 2907.12 of the Revised Code;

(b) A violation of an existing or former law of this state, any other state, or the United States that is substantially equivalent to any of the offenses or violations described in division (B)(1)(a) of this section.

(2) A public children services agency may employ an applicant conditionally until the criminal records check required by this section is completed and the agency receives the results of the criminal records check. If the results of the criminal records check indicate that, pursuant to division (B)(1) of this section, the applicant does not qualify for employment, the agency shall release the applicant from employment.

(C)

(1) Each public children services agency shall pay to the bureau of criminal identification and investigation the fee prescribed pursuant to division (C)(3) of section 109.572 of the Revised Code for each criminal records check conducted in accordance with that section upon the request pursuant to division (A)(1) of this section of the executive director of the agency.

(2) A public children services agency may charge an applicant a fee for the costs it incurs in obtaining a criminal records check under this section. A fee charged under this division shall not exceed the amount of fees the agency pays under division (C)(1) of this section. If a fee is charged under this division, the agency shall notify the applicant at the time of the applicant's initial application for employment of the amount of the fee and that, unless the fee is paid, the agency will not consider the applicant for employment.

(D) The report of any criminal records check conducted by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation in accordance with section 109.572 of the Revised Code and pursuant to a request under division (A)(1) of this section is not a public record for the purposes of section 149.43 of the Revised Code and shall not be made available to any person other than the applicant who is the subject of the criminal records check or the applicant's representative, the public children services agency requesting the criminal records check or its representative, and any court, hearing officer, or other necessary individual involved in a case dealing with the denial of employment to the applicant.

(E) The director of job and family services shall adopt rules pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to implement this section, including rules specifying circumstances under which a public children services agency may hire a person who has been convicted of an offense listed in division (B)(1) of this section but who meets standards in regard to rehabilitation set by the department.

(F) Any person required by division (A)(1) of this section to request a criminal records check shall inform each person, at the time of the person's initial application for employment, that the person is required to provide a set of impressions of the person's fingerprints and that a criminal records check is required to be conducted and satisfactorily completed in accordance with section 109.572 of the Revised Code if the person comes under final consideration for appointment or employment as a precondition to employment for that position.

(G) As used in this section:

(1) "Applicant" means a person who is under final consideration for appointment or employment in a position with the agency as a person responsible for the care, custody, or control of a child.

(2) "Criminal records check" has the same meaning as in section 109.572 of the Revised Code.

(3) "Minor drug possession offense" has the same meaning as in section 2925.01 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.111

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.112 Caseworker qualifications.

(A) A public children services agency may hire as a caseworker only the following:

(1) A person who has a bachelor's degree in human services-related studies;

(2) A person who has a bachelor's degree in any field and has been employed for at least two years in a human services-related occupation;

(3) A person who has an associate's degree in human services-related studies;

(4) A person who has been employed for at least five years in a human services-related occupation.

(B) For employment to continue, a person described in division (A)(2), (3), or (4) of this section must obtain a job-related bachelor's degree not later than five years after the date employment with the agency commences.

(C) This section applies only to persons hired on or after the effective date of this section and does not apply to a caseworker employed by a public children services agency before the effective date of this section who is hired by another public children services agency on or after that date.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.112

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.12 Classified civil service status of employees.

All employees of the public children services agency shall be in the classified civil service. The agency may establish compensation rates and vacation benefits for any of its employees. Insofar as practicable, all employees holding positions in the classified service, whose duties are transferred by this section to the agency, shall be continued, with like status, by the appointing authority before any other appointments are made. This chapter shall not affect the civil service status of any employee.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.12

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.121 Permitting employee sharing between department and county board.

(A) The board of county commissioners and the county children services board may agree to permit any employee of the department of job and family services also to perform duties for the county children services board, or to permit any employee of the county children services board also to perform duties for the department of job and family services.

(B) An agreement made under division (A) of this section may require the board of county commissioners to pay a portion of the wages of any employee of the county children services board who also performs duties for the department of job and family services or require the county children services board to pay a portion of the wages of any employee of the department of job and family services who also performs duties for the county children services board.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.121

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.122 Caseworker in-service training.

Each PCSA caseworker hired after January 1, 2007, shall complete at least one hundred two hours of in-service training during the first year of the caseworker's continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker, except that the executive director of the public children services agency may waive the training requirement for a school of social work graduate who participated in the university partnership program described in division (E) of section 5101.141 of the Revised Code. The training shall consist of courses in all of the following:

(A) Recognizing, accepting reports of, and preventing child abuse, neglect, and dependency;

(B) Assessing child safety;

(C) Assessing risks;

(D) Interviewing persons;

(E) Investigating cases;

(F) Intervening;

(G) Providing services to children and their families;

(H) The importance of and need for accurate data;

(I) Preparation for court;

(J) Maintenance of case record information;

(K) The legal duties of PCSA caseworkers to protect the constitutional and statutory rights of children and families from the initial time of contact during investigation through treatment , including instruction regarding parents' rights and the limitations that the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution places upon caseworkers and their investigations;

(L) Content on other topics relevant to child abuse, neglect, and dependency, including permanency strategies, concurrent planning, and adoption as an option for unintended pregnancies.

After a PCSA caseworker's first year of continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker, the caseworker annually shall complete thirty-six hours of training in areas relevant to the caseworker's assigned duties.

During the first two years of continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker, each PCSA caseworker shall complete at least twelve hours of training in recognizing the signs of domestic violence and its relationship to child abuse as established in rules the director of job and family services shall adopt pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The twelve hours may be in addition to the training required during the caseworker's first year of employment or part of the training required during the second year of employment.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.122

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 04-11-2005; 09-21-2006; 2008 HB214 05-14-2008; 2008 HB7 04-07-2009

5153.123 Caseworker supervisor in-service training.

Each PCSA caseworker supervisor shall complete at least sixty hours of in-service training during the first year of the supervisor's continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker supervisor. The training shall include courses in screening reports of child abuse, neglect, or dependency. After a PCSA caseworker supervisor's first year of continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker supervisor, the supervisor annually shall complete thirty hours of training in areas relevant to the supervisor's assigned duties. During the first two years of continuous employment as a PCSA caseworker supervisor, each PCSA caseworker supervisor shall complete at least twelve hours of training in recognizing the signs of domestic violence and its relationship to child abuse as established in rules the director of job and family services shall adopt pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The twelve hours may be in addition to the training required during the supervisor's first year of employment or part of the training required during the second year of employment.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.123

Effective Date: 09-21-2006; 2008 HB214 05-14-2008

5153.124 Rules implementing training requirements.

(A) The director of job and family services shall adopt rules as necessary to implement the training requirements of sections 5153.122 and 5153.123 of the Revised Code.

(B) Notwithstanding sections 5103.33 to 5103.422 and sections 5153.122 to 5153.127 of the Revised Code, the department of job and family services may require additional training for PCSA caseworkers and PCSA caseworker supervisors as necessary to comply with federal requirements.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.124

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.125 Determining caseworker's training needs.

Each PCSA caseworker supervisor shall work with each PCSA caseworker the supervisor supervises to determine the caseworker's training needs in accordance with, and ensure the caseworker's compliance with, the training requirements of section 5153.122 of the Revised Code. Once every two years, each PCSA caseworker and the caseworker's supervisor shall jointly complete the caseworker's individual training needs assessment created under section 5103.37 of the Revised Code .

Cite as R.C. § 5153.125

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.126 Determining supervisor's training needs.

The executive director of each public children services agency or a person designated by the executive director shall work with each PCSA caseworker supervisor employed by the agency to determine the supervisor's training needs in accordance with, and ensure the supervisor's compliance with, the training requirements of section 5153.123 of the Revised Code. Once every two years, each PCSA caseworker supervisor and the executive director of the public children services agency employing the supervisor, or the person designated by the executive director, shall jointly complete the supervisor's individual training needs assessment created under section 5103.37 of the Revised Code .

Cite as R.C. § 5153.126

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.127 Collect and maintaining data from individual training needs assessment forms.

The executive director of each public children services agency or a person designated by the executive director shall collect and maintain the data from individual training needs assessments completed under sections 5153.125 and 5153.126 of the Revised Code for each PCSA caseworker and PCSA caseworker supervisor employed by the agency. The executive director or designated person shall compile and forward the data collected from the completed assessments to the regional training center established under section 5103.42 of the Revised Code for the training region the agency is located in.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.127

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.13 Bonds.

Before entering upon official duties, the executive director shall give a bond to the county in such sum as is fixed by the public children services agency, with sufficient surety, conditioned upon the faithful performance of official duties and the full and faithful accounting of all funds and properties of the agency or county coming into the executive director's hands. Before entering upon such duties, the executive director shall give a bond to the probate court, with sufficient surety, conditioned upon the full and faithful accounting of all trust funds which the executive director holds on behalf of wards. The amount of such bond shall be determined by the court and may be modified by the court, provided that the minimum amount of the bond shall be five thousand dollars.

The agency may require any other employee thereof, including the superintendent of the children's home, having custody or control of funds or property, to give bond to the county, in such sum as the board determines, with sufficient surety, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties of such employee and the full and faithful accounting of any funds and properties coming into the employee's hands. The cost of such bonds shall be paid by the agency.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.13

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.131 Liability insurance.

A public children services agency may procure a policy or policies of insurance insuring employees of the agency, volunteers, foster caregivers associated with the agency, and, if a county children services board is the public children services agency, board members against liability arising from the performance of their official duties.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.131

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.14 Reports.

The executive director shall prepare and submit an annual report to the public children services agency at the end of each calendar year and shall file copies of such report with the department of job and family services, the board of county commissioners, and the juvenile court. The executive director shall submit the inspection reports required under section 5153.16 of the Revised Code and such other reports as are required by law, by the rules of the director of job and family services, or by the board of county commissioners to specified governmental bodies and officers and shall provide reports to the public, when so authorized.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.14

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.15 Vesting powers in single county agency.

The powers and duties enumerated in sections 5153.16 to 5153.19 of the Revised Code, with respect to the care of children, needing or likely to need public care or services, shall be vested in a single agency of county government, namely, a county department of job and family services or a county children services board.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.15

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.16 Duties of agency.

(A) Except as provided in section 2151.422 of the Revised Code, in accordance with rules adopted under section 5153.166 of the Revised Code, and on behalf of children in the county whom the public children services agency considers to be in need of public care or protective services, the public children services agency shall do all of the following:

(1) Make an investigation concerning any child alleged to be an abused, neglected, or dependent child;

(2) Enter into agreements with the parent, guardian, or other person having legal custody of any child, or with the department of job and family services, department of mental health and addiction services, department of developmental disabilities, other department, any certified organization within or outside the county, or any agency or institution outside the state, having legal custody of any child, with respect to the custody, care, or placement of any child, or with respect to any matter, in the interests of the child, provided the permanent custody of a child shall not be transferred by a parent to the public children services agency without the consent of the juvenile court;

(3) Accept custody of children committed to the public children services agency by a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction;

(4) Provide such care as the public children services agency considers to be in the best interests of any child adjudicated to be an abused, neglected, or dependent child the agency finds to be in need of public care or service;

(5) Provide social services to any unmarried girl adjudicated to be an abused, neglected, or dependent child who is pregnant with or has been delivered of a child;

(6) Make available to the bureau for children with medical handicaps of the department of health at its request any information concerning a crippled child found to be in need of treatment under sections 3701.021 to 3701.028 of the Revised Code who is receiving services from the public children services agency;

(7) Provide temporary emergency care for any child considered by the public children services agency to be in need of such care, without agreement or commitment;

(8) Find certified foster homes, within or outside the county, for the care of children, including handicapped children from other counties attending special schools in the county;

(9) Subject to the approval of the board of county commissioners and the state department of job and family services, establish and operate a training school or enter into an agreement with any municipal corporation or other political subdivision of the county respecting the operation, acquisition, or maintenance of any children's home, training school, or other institution for the care of children maintained by such municipal corporation or political subdivision;

(10) Acquire and operate a county children's home, establish, maintain, and operate a receiving home for the temporary care of children, or procure certified foster homes for this purpose;

(11) Enter into an agreement with the trustees of any district children's home, respecting the operation of the district children's home in cooperation with the other county boards in the district;

(12) Cooperate with, make its services available to, and act as the agent of persons, courts, the department of job and family services, the department of health, and other organizations within and outside the state, in matters relating to the welfare of children, except that the public children services agency shall not be required to provide supervision of or other services related to the exercise of parenting time rights granted pursuant to section 3109.051 or 3109.12 of the Revised Code or companionship or visitation rights granted pursuant to section 3109.051, 3109.11, or 3109.12 of the Revised Code unless a juvenile court, pursuant to Chapter 2151. of the Revised Code, or a common pleas court, pursuant to division (E)(6) of section 3113.31 of the Revised Code, requires the provision of supervision or other services related to the exercise of the parenting time rights or companionship or visitation rights;

(13) Make investigations at the request of any superintendent of schools in the county or the principal of any school concerning the application of any child adjudicated to be an abused, neglected, or dependent child for release from school, where such service is not provided through a school attendance department;

(14) Administer funds provided under Title IV-E of the "Social Security Act," 94 Stat. 501 (1980), 42 U.S.C.A. 671, as amended, in accordance with rules adopted under section 5101.141 of the Revised Code;

(15) In addition to administering Title IV-E adoption assistance funds, enter into agreements to make adoption assistance payments under section 5153.163 of the Revised Code;

(16) Implement a system of safety and risk assessment, in accordance with rules adopted by the director of job and family services, to assist the public children services agency in determining the risk of abuse or neglect to a child;

(17) Enter into a plan of cooperation with the board of county commissioners under section 307.983 of the Revised Code and comply with each fiscal agreement the board enters into under section 307.98 of the Revised Code that include family services duties of public children services agencies and contracts the board enters into under sections 307.981 and 307.982 of the Revised Code that affect the public children services agency;

(18) Make reasonable efforts to prevent the removal of an alleged or adjudicated abused, neglected, or dependent child from the child's home, eliminate the continued removal of the child from the child's home, or make it possible for the child to return home safely, except that reasonable efforts of that nature are not required when a court has made a determination under division (A)(2) of section 2151.419 of the Revised Code;

(19) Make reasonable efforts to place the child in a timely manner in accordance with the permanency plan approved under division (E) of section 2151.417 of the Revised Code and to complete whatever steps are necessary to finalize the permanent placement of the child;

(20) Administer a Title IV-A program identified under division (A)(4)(c) or (g) of section 5101.80 of the Revised Code that the department of job and family services provides for the public children services agency to administer under the department's supervision pursuant to section 5101.801 of the Revised Code;

(21) Administer the kinship permanency incentive program created under section 5101.802 of the Revised Code under the supervision of the director of job and family services;

(22) Provide independent living services pursuant to sections 2151.81 to 2151.84 of the Revised Code;

(23) File a missing child report with a local law enforcement agency upon becoming aware that a child in the custody of the public children services agency is or may be missing.

(B) The public children services agency shall use the system implemented pursuant to division (A)(16) of this section in connection with an investigation undertaken pursuant to division (F)(1) of section 2151.421 of the Revised Code to assess both of the following:

(1) The ongoing safety of the child;

(2) The appropriateness of the intensity and duration of the services provided to meet child and family needs throughout the duration of a case.

(C) Except as provided in section 2151.422 of the Revised Code, in accordance with rules of the director of job and family services, and on behalf of children in the county whom the public children services agency considers to be in need of public care or protective services, the public children services agency may do the following:

(1) Provide or find, with other child serving systems, specialized foster care for the care of children in a specialized foster home, as defined in section 5103.02 of the Revised Code, certified under section 5103.03 of the Revised Code;

(2)

(a) Except as limited by divisions (C)(2)(b) and (c) of this section, contract with the following for the purpose of assisting the agency with its duties:

(i) County departments of job and family services;

(ii) Boards of alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services;

(iii) County boards of developmental disabilities;

(iv) Regional councils of political subdivisions established under Chapter 167. of the Revised Code;

(v) Private and government providers of services;

(vi) Managed care organizations and prepaid health plans.

(b) A public children services agency contract under division (C)(2)(a) of this section regarding the agency's duties under section 2151.421 of the Revised Code may not provide for the entity under contract with the agency to perform any service not authorized by the department's rules.

(c) Only a county children services board appointed under section 5153.03 of the Revised Code that is a public children services agency may contract under division (C)(2)(a) of this section. If an entity specified in division (B) or (C) of section 5153.02 of the Revised Code is the public children services agency for a county, the board of county commissioners may enter into contracts pursuant to section 307.982 of the Revised Code regarding the agency's duties.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.16

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.180, HB 279, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

Amended by 128th General Assemblych.180, SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 09-29-2005; 09-21-2006

5153.161 Place for providing care.

(A) As used in this section, "qualified nonrelative" means a nonrelative adult whom a child or the current custodial caretaker of a child identifies as having a familiar and longstanding relationship or bond with the child or the child's family that will ensure the child's social and cultural ties.

(B) Care provided by the public children services agency under division (A)(4) of section 5153.16 of the Revised Code shall be provided by the agency, by its own means or through other available resources, in the child's own home, in the home of a relative or qualified nonrelative, or in a certified foster home, any other home approved by the court, receiving home, school, hospital, convalescent home, or other public or private institution within or outside the county or state.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.161

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.180, HB 279, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

Effective Date: 01-01-2001

5153.162 Operation, acquisition, or maintenance of children's home, training school, or other institution for care of children.

Pursuant to an agreement entered into under division (A)(9) of section 5153.16 of the Revised Code respecting the operation, acquisition, or maintenance of a children's home, training school, or other institution for the care of children maintained by a municipal corporation or other political subdivision, the public children services agency may acquire, operate, and maintain such an institution. The agency may enter into an agreement with a municipal corporation, a board of education, and the board of county commissioners, or with any one of them, to provide for the maintenance and operation of children's training schools. The agreement may provide for the contribution of funds by the municipal corporation, board of education, or board of county commissioners, in such proportions and amounts as the agreement states. The agreement also may provide for the operation and supervision of the training school by any one of them, or by the joint action of two or more of them, provided that municipal corporations, boards of education, and boards of county commissioners may expend moneys from their general funds for maintaining and operating the joint children's training school.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.162

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.163 Payments to adoptive parent of child with special needs.

(A) As used in this section, "adoptive parent" means, as the context requires, a prospective adoptive parent or an adoptive parent.

(B)

(1) Before a child's adoption is finalized, a public children services agency may enter into an agreement with the child's adoptive parent under which the agency , to the extent state funds are available, may make state adoption maintenance subsidy payments as needed on behalf of the child when all of the following apply:

(a) The child is a child with special needs.

(b) The child was placed in the adoptive home by a public children services agency or a private child placing agency and may legally be adopted.

(c) The adoptive parent has the capability of providing the permanent family relationships needed by the child.

(d) The needs of the child are beyond the economic resources of the adoptive parent.

(e) Acceptance of the child as a member of the adoptive parent's family would not be in the child's best interest without payments on the child's behalf under this section.

(f) The gross income of the adoptive parent's family does not exceed one hundred twenty per cent of the median income of a family of the same size, including the child, as most recently determined for this state by the secretary of health and human services under Title XX of the "Social Security Act," 88 Stat. 2337, 42 U.S.C.A. 1397 , as amended.

(g) The child is not eligible for adoption assistance payments under Title IV-E of the "Social Security Act," 94 Stat. 501 (1980), 42 U.S.C.A. 671 , as amended.

(2) State adoption maintenance subsidy payment agreements must be made by either the public children services agency that has permanent custody of the child or the public children services agency of the county in which the private child placing agency that has permanent custody of the child is located.

(3) State adoption maintenance subsidy payments shall be made in accordance with the agreement between the public children services agency and the adoptive parent and are subject to an annual redetermination of need.

(4) Payments under this division may begin either before or after issuance of the final adoption decree, except that payments made before issuance of the final adoption decree may be made only while the child is living in the adoptive parent's home. Preadoption payments may be made for not more than twelve months, unless the final adoption decree is not issued within that time because of a delay in court proceedings. Payments that begin before issuance of the final adoption decree may continue after its issuance.

(C)

(1) If, after the child's adoption is finalized, a public children services agency considers a child residing in the county served by the agency to be in need of public care or protective services, the agency may, to the extent state funds are available for this purpose, enter into an agreement with the child's adoptive parent under which the agency may make post adoption special services subsidy payments on behalf of the child as needed when both of the following apply:

(a) The child has a physical or developmental handicap or mental or emotional condition that either:

(i) Existed before the adoption petition was filed; or

(ii) Developed after the adoption petition was filed and can be directly attributed to factors in the child's preadoption background, medical history, or biological family's background or medical history.

(b) The agency determines the expenses necessitated by the child's handicap or condition are beyond the adoptive parent's economic resources.

(2) Services for which a public children services agency may make post adoption special services subsidy payments on behalf of a child under this division shall include medical, surgical, psychiatric, psychological, and counseling services, including residential treatment.

(3) The department of job and family services shall establish clinical standards to evaluate a child's physical or developmental handicap or mental or emotional condition and assess the child's need for services.

(4) The total dollar value of post adoption special services subsidy payments made on a child's behalf shall not exceed ten thousand dollars in any fiscal year, unless the department determines that extraordinary circumstances exist that necessitate further funding of services for the child. Under such extraordinary circumstances, the value of the payments made on the child's behalf shall not exceed fifteen thousand dollars in any fiscal year.

(5) The adoptive parent or parents of a child who receives post adoption special services subsidy payments shall pay at least five per cent of the total cost of all services provided to the child; except that a public children services agency may waive this requirement if the gross annual income of the child's adoptive family is not more than two hundred per cent of the federal poverty guideline.

(6) A public children services agency may use other sources of revenue to make post adoption special services subsidy payments, in addition to any state funds appropriated for that purpose.

(D) No payment shall be made under division (B) or (C) of this section on behalf of any person eighteen years of age or older beyond the end of the school year during which the person attains the age of eighteen or on behalf of a mentally or physically handicapped person twenty-one years of age or older.

(E) The director of job and family services shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code that are needed to implement this section. The rules shall establish all of the following:

(1) The application process for all forms of assistance provided under this section;

(2) The method to determine the amount of assistance payable under division (B) of this section;

(3) The definition of "child with special needs" for this section;

(4) The process whereby a child's continuing need for services provided under division (B) of this section is annually redetermined;

(5) The method of determining the amount, duration, and scope of services provided to a child under division (C) of this section;

(6) Any other rule, requirement, or procedure the department considers appropriate for the implementation of this section.

(F) The state adoption special services subsidy program ceases to exist on July 1, 2004, except that, subject to the findings of the annual redetermination process established under division (E) of this section and the child's individual need for services, a public children services agency may continue to provide state adoption special services subsidy payments on behalf of a child for whom payments were being made prior to July 1, 2004.

(G) No public children services agency shall, pursuant to either section 2151.353 or 5103.15 of the Revised Code, place or maintain a child with special needs who is in the permanent custody of an institution or association certified by the department of job and family services under section 5103.03 of the Revised Code in a setting other than with a person seeking to adopt the child, unless the agency has determined and redetermined at intervals of not more than six months the impossibility of adoption by a person who wishes to adopt children, and is approved by an agency so empowered under Chapter 5103. of the RevisedCode, or by a person who wishes to adopt a child with special needs as defined in rules adopted under this section, and who is approved by an agency so empowered under Chapter 5103. of the Revised Code, including the impossibility of entering into a payment agreement with such a person. The agency so maintaining such a child shall report its reasons for doing so to the department of job and family services.

The department may take any action permitted under section 5101.24 of the Revised Code for an agency's failure to determine, redetermine, and report on a child's status.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.163

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-01-2004

5153.164 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 5153.164

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

5153.165 Emergency benefits and services necessary to prevent removal or permit return of child to home.

If a family is encountering an emergency that could lead, or has led, to removal of a child from the family's home pursuant to Chapter 2151. of the Revised Code, the public children services agency shall determine whether the child could remain safely with, or be safely returned to, the family if the emergency were alleviated by providing benefits and services under the prevention, retention, and contingency program established under Chapter 5108. of the Revised Code. If it is determined that the child could remain safely with, or be safely returned to, the family, the agency, with the cooperation of the child's family, shall determine the amount of benefits and services necessary to prevent the removal of the child from the home or to permit the child's return to the home and may provide the benefits and services pursuant to a plan of cooperation entered into under section 307.983 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.165

Effective Date: 09-05-2001

5153.166 Additional rules governing agency performance of duties.

In addition to other rules specifically authorized by the Revised Code, the director of job and family services may adopt rules governing public children services agencies' performance of their family services duties, including the family services duties that public children services agencies have under sections 5153.16 to 5153.19 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.166

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.17 Maintenance of records.

The public children services agency shall prepare and keep written records of investigations of families, children, and foster homes, and of the care, training, and treatment afforded children, and shall prepare and keep such other records as are required by the department of job and family services. Such records shall be confidential, but, except as provided by division (B) of section 3107.17 of the Revised Code, shall be open to inspection by the agency, the director of job and family services, and the director of the county department of job and family services, and by other persons upon the written permission of the executive director.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.17

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.171 Request for nformation concerning deceased child whose death may have been caused by abuse, neglect, or other criminal conduct.

(A) On receipt by a public children services agency of a request for the release of information about a child under eighteen years of age who was a resident of the county served by the agency at the time of death and whose death may have been caused by abuse, neglect, or other criminal conduct, the director of the agency immediately shall confer with the prosecuting attorney of that county. After the executive director confers with the prosecuting attorney, the following apply:

(1) If the prosecuting attorney intends to prosecute a person for causing the child's death, the prosecuting attorney shall determine the information described in division (A) of section 5153.172 of the Revised Code that may be released, if any, and notify the director of the intent to prosecute and the determination of what information may be released. Except as provided in section 5153.173 of the Revised Code, on receipt of the notice, the director shall release the information the prosecutor determines may be released and no other information.

(2) If the prosecuting attorney does not intend to prosecute a person for causing the death of the child, the prosecuting attorney shall notify the director that no prosecution is intended. Except as provided in section 5153.173 of the Revised Code, on receipt of the notice, the director shall release the information described in division (A) of section 5153.172 of the Revised Code.

(B) A public children services agency director who releases information in accordance with this section in good faith shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property incurred or imposed as a result of provision of the information.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.171

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.172 Information concerning deceased child whose death may have been caused by abuse, neglect, or other criminal conduct.

(A) Notwithstanding sections 2151.421 , 3701.243 , 5153.17 , and any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality and unless precluded by section 5153.173 of the Revised Code, the director shall disclose the following information concerning a deceased child in accordance with section 5153.171 of the Revised Code:

(1) The child's name;

(2) A summary report of the chronology of abuse or neglect reports made pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code of which the child is the subject and the final disposition of the investigations of the reports or, if investigations have not been completed, the status of any investigations;

(3) Services provided to or purchased for the child or to which the child was referred by a public children services agency;

(4) Actions taken by a public children services agency in response to any report of abuse or neglect of which the child was the subject.

(B) No person may release, pursuant to a request made under this section concerning a deceased child, the name of any person or entity that made a report or participated in making a report of child abuse or neglect of which the child was the subject; the names of the parents or siblings of the child; the contents of any psychological, psychiatric, therapeutic, clinical, or medical reports or evaluations regarding the child; witness statements; police or other investigative reports; or any other information other than the information that may be released in accordance with this section.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.172

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.173 Court determination against disclosure.

The director shall not disclose any information pursuant to section 5153.172 of the Revised Code if a judge of the common pleas court of the county the deceased child resided in at the time of death determines, on motion of the public children services agency, that disclosing the information would not be in the best interest of a sibling of the deceased child or another child residing in the household the child resided in at the time of death.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.173

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.175 Information regarding fitness of day-care license applicant to be provided.

(A) Notwithstanding division (H)(1) of section 2151.421 , section 5153.17 , and any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality, when a public children services agency has determined that child abuse or neglect occurred and that abuse or neglect involves a person who has applied for licensure as a type A family day-care home or type B family day-care home, the agency shall promptly provide to the department of job and family services any information the agency determines to be relevant for the purpose of evaluating the fitness of the person, including, but not limited to, both of the following:

(1) A summary report of the chronology of abuse and neglect reports made pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code of which the person is the subject where the agency determined that abuse or neglect occurred and the final disposition of the investigation of the reports or, if the investigations have not been completed, the status of the investigations;

(2) Any underlying documentation concerning those reports.

(B) The agency shall not include in the information provided to the department under division (A) of this section the name of the person or entity that made the report or participated in the making of the report of child abuse or neglect.

(C) Upon provision of information under division (A) of this section, the agency shall notify the department of both of the following:

(1) That the information is confidential;

(2) That unauthorized dissemination of the information is a violation of division (H)(2) of section 2151.421 of the Revised Code and any person who permits or encourages unauthorized dissemination of the information is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree pursuant to section 2151.99 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.175

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.128, SB 316, §120.01, eff. 1/1/2014.

Effective Date: 05-18-2005; 03-30-2007

5153.176 Information concerning child abuse or neglect by licensee.

As used in this section, "license" has the same meaning as in section 3319.31 of the Revised Code.

(A) Notwithstanding division (H)(1) of section 2151.421 , section 5153.17 , or any other section of the Revised Code pertaining to confidentiality, the director of a public children services agency shall promptly provide to the superintendent of public instruction information regarding the agency's investigation of a report of child abuse or neglect made pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code involving a person who holds a license issued by the state board of education where the agency has determined that child abuse or neglect occurred and that abuse or neglect is related to the person's duties and responsibilities under the license. The information provided by the director shall include the following:

(1) A summary of the nature of the allegations contained in the report of which the person is the subject and the final disposition of the investigation conducted in response to that report or, if the investigation is not complete, the status of the investigation;

(2) Upon written request of the superintendent of public instruction, the additional information described in division (C) of this section regarding the agency's investigation of the report, unless the prosecuting attorney of the county served by the agency determines that such information may not be released pursuant to division (B) of this section.

(B) Upon receipt of a written request from the superintendent of public instruction for the additional information described in division (C) of this section, the director shall determine if the prosecuting attorney of the county served by the public children services agency intends to prosecute the subject of the report based on the allegations contained in the report. If the prosecuting attorney intends to prosecute the subject of the report, the prosecuting attorney shall determine the information described in division (C) of this section that may be released, if any, and shall provide the director with written authorization to release the information so determined. The director shall provide the superintendent of public instruction with any information described in division (C) of this section that the prosecuting attorney determines may be released, but in no case shall the director provide any information that the prosecuting attorney determines shall not be released. If the prosecuting attorney does not intend to prosecute the subject of the report, the prosecuting attorney shall notify the director of that fact and the director shall provide all of the information described in division (C) of this section to the superintendent of public instruction.

(C) In accordance with division (B) of this section, the director shall provide information to the superintendent of public instruction regarding the public children services agency's investigation of the report described in division (A) of this section, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The following information about the alleged child victim of the abuse or neglect:

(a) Full name;

(b) Date of birth;

(c) Address and telephone number;

(d) Grade level;

(e) Name and contact information of the child's parent, guardian, or legal custodian;

(f) Name and contact information of any medical facility that provided treatment to the child, if the child was injured in connection with the abuse or neglect and if that information is available;

(g) A summary of interviews with the child or, if an entity other than the agency conducted the interviews, the contact information for that entity. The summary shall include an accounting of the facts and circumstances of the alleged abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to, the time and place that the abuse or neglect occurred.

(h) Copies of any written correspondence between the child and the alleged perpetrator of the abuse or neglect that was used by the agency to determine that abuse or neglect occurred, the release of which is not otherwise prohibited by law.

(2) The following information about the alleged perpetrator of the abuse or neglect:

(a) Full name;

(b) Date of birth;

(c) Address and telephone number;

(d) Name of school district and school building that employed the alleged perpetrator at the time the report was made;

(e) Name and contact information of any medical facility that provided treatment to the alleged perpetrator, if the alleged perpetrator was injured in connection with the abuse or neglect and if that information is available;

(f) A summary of interviews with the alleged perpetrator or, if an entity other than the agency conducted the interviews, the contact information for that entity. The summary shall include an accounting of the facts and circumstances of the alleged abuse or neglect, including, but not limited to, the time and place that the abuse or neglect occurred.

(g) Copies of any written correspondence between the alleged child victim and the alleged perpetrator that was used by the agency to determine that abuse or neglect occurred, the release of which is not otherwise prohibited by law;

(h) If the alleged perpetrator has been the subject of any previous reports made pursuant to section 2151.421 of the Revised Code where the agency determined that physical or sexual child abuse occurred, a summary of the chronology of those reports; the final disposition of the investigations conducted in response to those reports, or if an investigation is not complete, the status of that investigation; and any underlying documentation concerning those reports.

(3) The following information about each person, other than the alleged child victim and the alleged perpetrator, whom the agency has determined to be important to the investigation, except that the information shall not be provided about the person who made the report unless that person grants written permission for the director to release the information:

(a) Full name;

(b) Address and telephone number;

(c) If the person has been interviewed regarding the alleged abuse or neglect, a summary of those interviews or, if an entity other than the agency conducted the interviews, the contact information for such entity.

(D) Upon provision of any information to the superintendent of public instruction under this section, the director shall notify the superintendent of both of the following:

(1) That the information is confidential;

(2) That unauthorized dissemination of the information is a violation of division (H)(2) of section 2151.421 and section 3319.311 of the Revised Code and any person who permits or encourages unauthorized dissemination of the information is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree pursuant to section 2151.99 of the Revised Code.

If the director determines that the superintendent of public instruction or any person involved in the conduct of an investigation under section 3319.311 of the Revised Code committed, caused, permitted, or encouraged the unauthorized dissemination of any information provided under this section, the director shall provide written notification of the unauthorized dissemination to the prosecuting attorney of the county or the village solicitor, city director of law, or similar chief legal officer of the municipal corporation in which the unauthorized dissemination occurred. A copy of the notification shall be retained in the investigative record maintained by the public children services agency.

(E) The director shall include documentation of the information provided to the superintendent of public instruction under this section in the investigative record maintained by the public children services agency. The documentation shall include the following:

(1) A list of the information provided;

(2) The date the information was provided;

(3) If the superintendent of public instruction designates a person to receive the information on the superintendent's behalf, the name of that person;

(4) The reason for providing the information;

(5) If written authorization to provide the information is required from the prosecuting attorney under division (B) of this section, a copy of that authorization.

(F) No director of a public children services agency shall knowingly fail to comply with division (A) or (C) of this section.

(G) A director of a public children services agency who provides information to the superintendent of public instruction in accordance with this section in good faith shall be immune from any civil or criminal liability that otherwise might be incurred or imposed for injury, death, or loss to person or property as a result of the provision of that information.

(H) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, the provisions of this section prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement or contract for employment entered into after March 30, 2007.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.176

Effective Date: 03-30-2007; 2008 HB428 09-12-2008

5153.18 Public children services agency - executive director - powers and duties.

(A) The public children services agency shall have the capacity possessed by natural persons to institute proceedings in any court.

(B) When appointed by the probate court exercising jurisdiction in adoption proceedings, the executive director may act as next friend of any child and perform the duties of such next friend.

(C) When appointed by the probate court, in lieu of a guardian, in accordance with section 2111.05 of the Revised Code:

(1) The executive director may act as trustee of the estate of any ward, provided such an estate does not exceed one thousand dollars in value.

(2) The executive director may also act as trustee, on behalf of any ward, of periodic payments of not more than twenty-five dollars per week of which such ward is entitled as a claimant pursuant to the terms of any insurance policy, annuity, pension, benefit, or allowance, governmental or private.

(3) Such director shall administer all trusteeships in accordance with the laws relating to fiduciaries.

The funds of any such trusteeship shall not be mingled with other moneys of the agency or of the county. The cost of any such trusteeship shall be paid out of the funds of the trust, but no fee shall be allowed to the executive director as such trustee. At least once a year, or more often if required by the probate court, the executive director shall make a complete report and accounting to the agency as to the disposition of all trust funds administered by the executive director during the year.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.18

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.19 Determining ability to pay cost of care.

The public children services agency shall, before entering into any agreement obligating the agency with respect to the care of any child, determine the ability of the child, parent, guardian, or other person to pay for the cost of such care, having due regard for other dependents. Such determination shall, if accepted by the parent, guardian, or other person, be made a part of such agreement. If the executive director has been appointed in lieu of a guardian and is acting as trustee of the estate of the child, such determination shall be subject to the approval of the probate court.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.19

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.20 Cost of care charged to county of legal residence.

(A)

(1) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, the cost of care furnished by the public children services agency or the board of county commissioners to any child having a legal residence in another county shall be charged to the county of legal residence. No expense shall be incurred by the agency or the board of county commissioners, on account of such care, except for temporary or emergency care, without the consent of the agency or board of county commissioners, or as provided by this section. If such consent cannot be obtained the board of county commissioners may file a petition in the court of common pleas of the county in which the child is found for a determination of legal residence of such child. Summons in such a proceeding shall be served, as in other civil actions, upon the board of county commissioners and the executive director of the agency of the county alleged to be the county of legal residence, but the answer day shall be the tenth day after the issuance of such summons. The return day shall be the fifth day after issuance of the summons. The cause shall be set for hearing not less than ten nor more than thirty days after the issuance of the summons. The finding and determination by the court upon such application, subject to the right of appeal, shall be final and conclusive as to the county chargeable under this section with the costs of the care of such child. The board of county commissioners out of its general funds shall reimburse the agency furnishing such care, upon receipt of itemized statements.

(2) Any moneys received by the agency furnishing such care from persons liable for the cost of any part of such care, by agreement or otherwise, shall be credited to the county of legal residence.

(3) The agency may remove and deliver any child, having legal residence in another county in Ohio and deemed to be in need of public care, to the public children services agency of the county of legal residence. All cost incidental to the transportation of such child and of any escort required shall be paid by the public children services agency which delivers back the child. With the approval of the department of job and family services, any child whose legal residence has been found to be in another state or country may be transferred to the department for return to the place of legal residence, or such child may be returned by the agency. All costs incidental to the transportation of such child and of any escort required shall be paid by the department of job and family services if it returns the child, otherwise the cost shall be paid by the agency, subject in either case to such reimbursement as may be obtained from the responsible persons or authorities of the place of legal residence. The department of job and family services may enter into agreements with the authorities of other states relative to the placement and return of children.

(B)

(1) If a court determines that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent removal of an adopted child from the child's home pursuant to section 2151.419 of the Revised Code and an adopted child is placed in the temporary or permanent custody of a public children services agency or a private child placing agency within thirty-six months of the date that the child's adoption was finalized, the agency that previously held permanent custody of the child when the child was placed with the adoptive parent shall be given opportunity to participate in planning for the child's care and treatment and shall assume fifty per cent of the financial responsibility for the care and treatment. Shared planning and financial responsibility shall cease on the first day of the thirty-seventh month after the date that the child's adoption was finalized and, on this date, the custodial agency shall then assume full planning and financial responsibility. The custodial agency and the agency that previously held permanent custody of the child may enter into a written agreement for shared financial responsibility that differs from the responsibilities allocated in this division.

(2) Division (B)(1) of this section does not apply to any of the following:

(a) An adoption by a stepparent whose spouse is a biological or adoptive parent of the child;

(b) An international adoption;

(c) An adoption where either the custodial agency or agency that previously held permanent custody of the child is not in this state.

(3) Nothing in division (B) of this section shall prevent a court or a child support enforcement agency from issuing a child support order.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.20

Effective Date: 07-01-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.21 [Effective Until 9/15/2014] Establishing children's home.

The board of county commissioners may establish a children's home upon the recommendation of the public children services agency and subject to certification by the department of job and family services under section 5103.03 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.21

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.21 [Effective 9/15/2014] Establishing children's home.

The board of county commissioners may establish a children's home upon the recommendation of the public children services agency and subject to certification by the department of job and family services under section 5103.03 of the Revised Code and the requirements of sections 5103.05 and 5103.051 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.21

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.22 Frnishing of institutional care to children of county.

If there is no children's home in the county or if the facilities for institutional care are inadequate, the public children services agency may, subject to the approval of the department of job and family services and the board of county commissioners, enter into an agreement with the public children services agency of, or a certified organization located in, another county, or with the board of trustees of any district or semipublic children's home, or with any agency or institution outside the state for the furnishing of institutional care to children of the county.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.22

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.23 Superintendent of home - powers and duties.

The superintendent of the county children's home shall control, manage, operate, and have general charge of such home, subject to the rules, standards, and orders of the public children services agency.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.23

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.24 Admission, removal and transfer of children to children's home.

The children to be admitted for care in a county children's home, the period during which such children shall be cared for therein, and the removal and transfer of children therefrom shall be determined by the executive secretary, subject to the agreement, surrender, or commitment respecting any particular child.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.24

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.25 Industrial, agricultural, and other pursuits.

The superintendent of the county children's home may provide and carry on, in connection with a children's home, such industrial, agricultural, and other pursuits for the children in such home as are deemed expedient by the public children services agency. Any products of such pursuits not needed to maintain the home may be sold, and all receipts from such sales shall be paid into the county treasury.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.25

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.26 Fund for payment of emergency accounts.

At the request of the superintendent of the county children's home, the public children services agency may issue orders upon the county auditor for the payment to such superintendent of a sum, not exceeding two hundred dollars at any one time, to be designated the fund for the payment of emergency accounts, and to be used and accounted for by the superintendent. The amounts so paid in any year, after the first full year of operation, shall not exceed twenty per cent of the total expenditures for such children's home during the preceding year.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.26

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.27 Department of job and family services certification.

A public children services agency operating a children's home or other institution is subject to sections 5103.03 and 5103.04 of the Revised Code respecting certification by the department of job and family services.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.27

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.28 Reporting child in need of public care.

Boards of township trustees, the superintendent of any county home, and other officers and employees of any county, municipal corporation, or other political subdivisions of the state shall make a report to the public children services agency respecting any child in the county coming to their attention, who is deemed to be in need of public care.

No child shall be kept or maintained in any county home, except with the approval of the public children services agency of such county.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.28

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.29 Sale, lease or other use of county children's home.

The board of county commissioners of any county having a county children's home, may, upon the recommendation of the public children services agency and with the approval of the department of job and family services, abandon the use of such home and proceed to sell or lease the site, building, furniture, and equipment of such home in the manner most advantageous to the county, or it may use the home for other necessary and proper purposes. The net proceeds of any such sale or lease shall be paid into the county treasury.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.29

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.30 Accepting gifts and bequests.

The public children services agency may accept and receive bequests, donations, and gifts of funds or property, real or personal, for child care and services. The facilities or services to be established or maintained through any such gift shall be subject to the approval of the department of job and family services.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.30

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.31 Institution or agency - transfer of power and duties.

All personal property, records, files, and other documents and papers belonging to or in the possession of any agency or institution, the powers and duties of which are transferred by this chapter to the public children services agency, the proceeds of all tax levies in process of collection, the unexpended balances of all current appropriations for the use of such agencies and institutions, and the custody of all wards of such agencies and institutions, shall be deemed transferred to the agency.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.31

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.32 Transfer from corporation to child welfare institution or agency.

Any corporation, organized under the laws of this state for the purpose of establishing, conducting, and maintaining a child welfare institution or agency, which is unable, for any reason, to conduct and maintain such institution or agency, and which has not, for a period of three consecutive years, conducted or maintained a place or establishment for the care of children, and which has in its hands funds or properties acquired by it for the purpose of establishing, conducting, and maintaining such institution or agency, may, subject to the approval of the department of job and family services, and subject to the terms of any deed, will, or other instrument pursuant to which such funds or properties were acquired, transfer such funds or properties to the public children services agency, to be used for the purposes for which such funds or property were acquired. The transfer of such funds or properties to the agency shall be a full discharge of the obligation or liability of such corporation and its trustees with respect to the funds and properties so transferred.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.32

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.33 Investing funds.

Funds in the hands of the public children services agency, donated or transferred to such agency under sections 5153.31 and 5153.32 of the Revised Code, and which are not immediately needed, may be invested in bonds of the United States or of any political subdivision of the state.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.33

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.34 Acquiring property and equipment.

The public children services agency may acquire such property and equipment and purchase such supplies and services as are necessary for the proper conduct of its work, including the ownership, operation, and maintenance of motor vehicles. Neither the director nor an employee of the agency shall sell or supply any article to the agency, or to any institution maintained by such agency, or be personally interested in any contract made by the agency.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.34

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.35 Levying taxes and making appropriations for public children services agency.

The boards of county commissioners shall levy taxes and make appropriations sufficient to enable the public children services agency to perform its functions and duties under this chapter. If the board of county commissioners levies a tax for children services and the children services functions are transferred from a county children services board to the department of job and family services, or from the department of job and family services to a county children services board, the levy shall continue in effect for the period for which it was approved by the electors for the use by the public children services agency that provides children services pursuant to the transfer.

In addition to making the usual appropriations, there may be allowed annually to the executive director an amount not to exceed one-half the executive director's official salary to provide for necessary expenses which are incurred by the executive director or the executive director's staff in the performance of their official duties. Upon the order of the executive director, the county auditor shall draw a warrant on the county treasurer payable to the executive director or such other person as the order designates, for such amount as the order requires, not exceeding the amount provided for in this section, and to be paid out of the general fund of the county. The bond of the executive director provided for by section 5153.13 of the Revised Code shall at all times be in sufficient amount to cover the additional appropriations provided for by this section.

The executive director, annually, before the first Monday of January, shall file with the auditor a detailed and itemized statement, verified by the executive director, as to the manner in which the fund has been expended during the current year, and if any part of such fund remains in the executive director's hands unexpended, forthwith shall pay that amount into the county treasury.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.35

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.36 Joint board for establishment of district children's home.

The boards of county commissioners of two or more adjoining counties, not to exceed four, may, upon the recommendation of the public children services agencies of such counties, and subject to the approval of the department of job and family services form themselves into a joint board, and proceed to organize a district for the establishment and support of a children's home, by using a site and buildings already established in one such county, or by providing for the purchase of a site and the erection of necessary buildings thereon.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.36

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.37 Annual assessment of taxes for support of home.

The board of county commissioners of any county having a children's home, and the joint boards of county commissioners of district children's homes, shall make annual assessments of taxes sufficient to support and defray all necessary expenses of such home.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.37

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.38 Accepting gifts and bequests.

When any person donates or bequeaths the person's real or personal estate, or any part thereof, to the use and benefit of a district children's home, the board of trustees of the home may accept and use such donation or bequest as they deem for the best interests of the institution, and consistent with the conditions of such bequest. The facilities or services to be established or maintained through any such gift shall be subject to the approval of the department of job and family services.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.38

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.39 Appointing board of trustees.

Immediately upon the organization of the joint board of county commissioners as provided by section 5153.36 of the Revised Code, or as soon thereafter as practicable, such joint board of county commissioners shall appoint a board of five trustees, which shall hold office and perform its duties until the first annual meeting after the choice of an established site and buildings or after the selection and purchase of a building site, at which time such joint board of county commissioners shall appoint a board of five trustees, one of whom shall hold office for the term of one year, one for the term of two years, one for the term of three years, one for the term of four years, and one for the term of five years. Annually thereafter, the joint board of county commissioners shall appoint one trustee, who shall hold his office for the term of five years. The annual meeting of the board of trustees shall be held on the first Tuesday of May in each year.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.39

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.40 Meetings.

A majority of the board of trustees appointed under section 5153.39 of the Revised Code constitutes a quorum. Board meetings shall be held quarterly. The executive secretary of each of the counties of the district organized pursuant to section 5153.36 of the Revised Code shall attend such meetings, or shall designate a member of his staff to do so. The members of the board shall receive no compensation for their services, except their actual traveling expenses, which, when properly certified, shall be allowed and paid.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.40

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.41 Superintendent of home - bond - powers and duties.

The board of trustees of a district children's home shall appoint the superintendent thereof. Before entering upon his duties such superintendent shall give a bond to the board, in such sum as it fixes, with sufficient surety, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties and the full and faithful accounting of the funds and properties coming into his hands.

The superintendent shall appoint all employees, who, except for the superintendent, shall be in the classified civil service.

The superintendent, under the supervision and subject to the rules and regulations of the board, shall control, manage, operate, and have general charge of the home, and shall have the custody of its property, files, and records.

The children to be admitted for care in such home, the period during which they shall be cared for in the home, and the removal and transfer of children from such home shall be determined by the executive secretaries of the respective counties, subject to the terms of the agreement, surrender, or commitment respecting any particular child.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.41

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.42 [Effective Until 9/15/2014] Management and operation of district children's homes.

District children's homes shall be established, operated, maintained, and managed in the same manner so far as applicable as county children's homes.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.42

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.42 [Effective 9/15/2014] Management and operation of district children's homes.

District children's homes shall be established, operated, maintained, and managed in the same manner so far as applicable as county children's homes and shall be subject to the requirements of sections 5103.05 and 5103.051 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.42

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 483, §101.01, eff. 9/15/2014.

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.43 Site of district children's home.

When the board of trustees appointed under section 5153.39 of the Revised Code does not choose an established institution in one of the counties of the district it may select a suitable site for the erection of a district children's home. Such site must be easily accessible, and when, in the judgment of the board, it is equally conducive to health, economy in purchasing or in building, and to the general interest of the home and inmates, such site shall be as near as practicable to the geographical center of the district. When only two counties form such district the site shall be as near as practicable to the dividing line between such counties.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.43

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.44 Appointing trustees.

Each county in the district, organized under section 5153.36 of the Revised Code, shall be entitled to one trustee, and in districts composed of but two counties, each county shall be entitled to not less than two trustees. The county in which a district children's home is located shall have not less than two trustees, who, in the interim period between the regular meetings of the board of trustees, shall act as an executive committee in the discharge of all business pertaining to the home.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.44

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.45 Removal - vacancy.

The joint board of county commissioners organized under section 5153.36 of the Revised Code may remove any trustee appointed under section 5153.39 of the Revised Code, but no such removal shall be made on account of the religious or political opinion of such trustee. The trustee appointed to fill any vacancy shall hold his office for the unexpired term of his predecessor.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.45

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.46 Powers between selection and purchase of site, and erection and occupancy.

In the interim, between the selection and purchase of a site, and the erection and occupancy of the district children's home, the joint board of county commissioners provided by section 5153.36 of the Revised Code may delegate to board of trustees appointed under section 5153.39 of the Revised Code, such powers and duties as, in its judgment, will be of general interest or aid to the institution. Such joint board of county commissioners may appropriate a trustees' fund, to be expended by the board of trustees in payment of such contracts, purchases, or other expenses necessary to the wants or requirements of the home, which are not otherwise provided for. The board of trustees shall make a complete settlement with the joint board of county commissioners once each six months, or quarterly if required, and shall make a full report of the condition of the home and inmates, as provided by section 5153.14 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.46

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.47 Control of farm.

The choice of an established site and buildings, or the purchase of a site, stock, implements, and general farm equipment, should there be a farm, the erection of buildings, and the completion and furnishing of the district children's home for occupancy, shall be in the hands of the joint board of county commissioners organized under section 5153.36 of the Revised Code. Such joint board of county commissioners may delegate all or a portion of these duties to the board of trustees provided for under section 5153.39 of the Revised Code, under such restrictions and regulations as the joint board of county commissioners imposes.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.47

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.48 Appraising value of site and buildings.

When an established site and buildings are used for a district children's home the joint board of county commissioners organized under section 5153.36 of the Revised Code shall cause the value of such site and buildings to be properly appraised. This appraisal value, or in case of the purchase of a site, the purchase price and the cost of all betterments and additions thereto, shall be paid by the counties comprising the district, in proportion to the taxable property of each county, as shown by its tax duplicate. The current expense of maintaining the home and the cost of ordinary repairs thereto shall be paid by each such county in proportion to the number of children from such county who are maintained in the home during the year.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.48

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.49 County withdrawing from district.

The board of county commissioners of any county within a children's home district may, upon the recommendation of the public children services agency, and subject to the approval of the department of job and family services, withdraw from such district and dispose of its interest in such home by selling or leasing its right, title, and interest in the site, buildings, furniture, and equipment to any counties in the district, at such price and on such terms as are agreed upon among the boards of county commissioners of the counties concerned. Section 307.10 of the Revised Code does not apply to this section. The net proceeds of any such sale or lease shall be paid into the county treasury of the withdrawing county.

Members of the board of trustees of a district children's home who are residents of a county withdrawing from such district are deemed to have resigned their positions upon completion of the withdrawal procedure provided by this section. Vacancies thus created shall be filled according to sections 5153.39 and 5153.45 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.49

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.50 Meeting of county auditors of counties comprising district.

The county auditors of the several counties composing a children's home district, shall meet at the district children's home, not less than once in six months, to adjust accounts and to transact such other duties in connection with the institution as pertain to the business of their office.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.50

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.51 Expenses of county commissioners.

Members of the board of county commissioners who meet by appointment to consider the organization of a district children's home, shall, upon presentation of properly certified accounts, be paid their necessary expenses upon a warrant drawn by the county auditor of their county.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.51

Effective Date: 09-14-1957

5153.52 County may support private children's homes.

The board of county commissioners of any county which has no county children's home may aid an incorporated children's home or other unincorporated society, whose object is the care, aid, and education of neglected or destitute children, by contributing toward the purchase of land for such home or society, the erection of buildings by it, or of additions to existing buildings, or other improvements, to an amount not to exceed twenty-five hundred dollars in any one year.

The board of any such county may submit to the people of such county, under section 133.18 of the Revised Code, the question of whether bonds of such county shall be issued for the purposes of this section. If the people of such county approve the issue of bonds, the board may issue the bonds under Chapter 133. of the Revised Code, as if they were being issued for the construction of a county children's home owned by the county, and may use the proceeds of such bond issue for the purposes of and without the restriction as to amount imposed by this section.

The board may contribute an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars in any one year for the purpose of keeping such property in repair. If such children's home ceases to exist, so that the property so purchased ceases to be used for the purpose of a children's home by the corporation, such county shall have a lien upon the property for the amount of money contributed for its purchase, and if such corporation fails to maintain, manage, and control such home so as to subserve the purpose of a children's home for which it was incorporated, the board may enforce such lien or, if it prefers may, upon approval of the department of job and family services, first being obtained, organize such home into a county children's home. The title to such property, where the county has contributed the whole amount of the purchase money, shall vest in and be the property of such county.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.52

Effective Date: 07-01-2000

5153.53 Operating buses for educational purposes.

The public children services agency may purchase, operate, and maintain buses to be used for educational purposes.

The operation and maintenance of such buses shall be according to the law relating to school buses.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.53

Effective Date: 10-01-1997

5153.60 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.30.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.60

Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 09-03-2004; 09-21-2006

5153.61 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.35.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.61

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.62 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.36.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.62

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.63 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.362.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.63

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.64 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.30.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.64

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.65 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.37.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.65

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.66 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.39.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.66

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.67 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.391.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.67

Effective Date: 10-05-2000; 09-21-2006

5153.68 Adopting bylaws.

After the training program steering committee is appointed under section 5153.67 of the Revised Code, the director of job and family services shall call the committee to meet for the purpose of adopting bylaws governing the operation of the committee. The bylaws shall include provisions addressing the committee's governing structure, subcommittees, frequency of meetings, and amendment of the bylaws. The committee shall adopt the bylaws, pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, by majority vote of all members of the committee. The committee shall adopt the bylaws no later than one hundred eighty days after the effective date of this section.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.68

Effective Date: 10-05-2000

5153.69 Monitoring and evaluation.

The training program steering committee shall monitor and evaluate the Ohio child welfare training program to ensure the following:

(A) That the Ohio child welfare training program is a competency-based training system that satisfies the training requirements for public children services agency caseworkers and supervisors under section 5153.122 of the Revised Code;

(B) That the Ohio child welfare training program provides preplacement or continuing training for foster caregivers as required by section 5153.60 of the Revised Code that meets the requirements preplacement training programs and continuing training programs must meet pursuant to section 5103.038 of the Revised Code to obtain approval by the department of job and family services, except that the Ohio child welfare training program is not required to obtain department approval.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.69

Effective Date: 06-26-2003

5153.70 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.38.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.70

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.71 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.41.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.71

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.72 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.42.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.72

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.73 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.421.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.73

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.74 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.422.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.74

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.75 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.125.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.75

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.76 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.126.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.76

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.77 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.127.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.77

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.78 Amended and Renumbered RC 5103.32.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.78

Effective Date: 09-21-2006

5153.99 Penalty.

Whoever violates division (F) of section 5153.176 of the Revised Code shall be punished as follows:

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

(B) The person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree if, during the period between the violation and the conviction of or plea of guilty by the person for that violation, the license holder who is the subject of the investigation about which the person fails to provide information inflicts on any child attending a school district, educational service center, public or nonpublic school, or county board of developmental disabilities where the license holder works any physical or mental wound, injury, disability, or condition of a nature that constitutes abuse or neglect of the child.

Cite as R.C. § 5153.99

Amended by 128th General Assemblych.128, SB 79, §1, eff. 10/6/2009.

Effective Date: 2008 HB428 09-12-2008