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Welcome to Ohio's Family Search and Engagement Toolkit! 

The purpose of the Family Search and Engagement Toolkit is to provide Children Services Agencies and Title IV-E Juvenile Courts, with a helpful informational guide aimed at strengthening Family Search and Engagement (FSE) practice.  The information contained in this Toolkit comes from a variety of sources; however, it is just a sample of the plethora of valuable FSE resources available on-line.  Finally, as you take the time to familiarize yourself with the Toolkit, please seek administrative approval prior to utilizing any of the resources contained in this Family Search and Engagement Toolkit.
 
To navigate through the Family Search and Engagement Toolkit, please click on the links located below the header entitled:  Family Search and Engagement Navigation Links.     
 

Family Search and Engagement-Toolkit Navigation Links  

 

Definition of Family Search and Engagement & Applicability to Child-Welfare Practice   


Family Search and Engagement Principles, Skills & Strategies  


Agency Readiness Assessment  


Family Search and Engagement Strategy 1: Searching: 
Lake County Resource-Sample Relative Checklist
Summit County Resource-Sample Relative Checklist
Genogram Template A
Genogram Template B  


Family Search and Engagement Strategy 2: Contacting:
Summit County Resource-Relative Notification Resource Letter 
Summit County Resource-Relative Notification Resource Form    


Family Search and Engagement Strategy 3: Teaming  


Family Search and Engagement Strategy 4: Developing Permanency  


Family Search and Engagement Strategy 5: Sustaining Permanency
 

Family Search and Engagement Toolkit - Printable Version  

Acknowledgments  

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Office of Families and Children partnered with staff from public children services agencies, The Waiting Child Fund and The Institute for Human Services to develop Family Search and Engagement Toolkit. The following professionals were members of the committee:


Shannon Deinhart - A Waiting Child Fund
Nicole Williams - Brown County Department of Job and Family Services
Karen Smedley - Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services
Katherine Schiraldi - Franklin County Children Services
Laura Hughes - Institute for Human Services
Mary Udics - Lake County Department of Job and Family Services
Carla Carpenter - Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Office of Families and Children)
Katina Bays - Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Office of Families and Children)
Gail Thomas - Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Office of Families and Children)
Jodie Hembree - Summit County Children Services-Northeast Ohio RTC
Megan Martin - Trumbull County Children Services