Job & Family Services Office of Families and Children
Children Services Training & Development

The Children Services Training and Development Section within the Office of Families and Children works collaboratively across the office to provide and develop policy and practice trainings and guidance to child protective services staff. The Children Services Training and Development Section partners with the policy areas, automated systems, technical assistance specialists (TAS) teams, the state training coordinator (Ohio Child Welfare Training Program) and regional training centers (RTCs) to provide a comprehensive support system to our agencies.

The Children Services Training and Development Section is intended to provide focused support, guidance, and skill development to assist counties with identified practice needs. The Children Services Training and Development Section does this through partnering with counties to assess needs, coordinate trainings, provide support in applying policy to practice, evaluate outcomes, and contribute to policy development. Rules and regulations are forever evolving, and we need a dedicated unit to interpret, train, and help agencies with effective implementation. This level of support is another way of assisting counties to become more consistent and improve outcomes for children and families.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Family Case Plan Training
    • Feb. 2, 2022

Past Recorded Trainings:

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Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP)

OCWTP was founded in 1986. It is a comprehensive, competency based in-service training system to public child welfare professionals, foster caregivers, and adoptive parents in Ohio’s 85 county Public Children Services Agencies. Recognizing the critical need for consistent, standardized, in-service training for child welfare professionals, ODJFS, in collaboration with the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO), initiated the OCWTP. The OCWTP develops and provides an array of training activities to promote mastery of the complex knowledge and skills needed to assure protection and permanence for Ohio’s abused and neglected. Training is provided by highly skilled and certified trainers through a regionally organized delivery system.

State Training Coordinator – Ohio’s University Consortium for Child and Adult Services (OUCCAS)

OUCCAS is responsible for the general administration and management (GA/M) of OCWTP and OHSTS training development and delivery, evaluation, analytics, and communication. The contract includes statewide coordination with the University Partnership Program (UPP), Regional Training Centers (RTCs), and stakeholder partnerships. The training coordinator, OUCCAS, is also responsible for statewide technical and administrative support for the learning management system.

Ohio Revised Code sections 5103.30 through 5103.422 govern the operations of the OCWTP, state training coordinator, steering committee, regional training centers, and define other requirements of the OCWTP.

OCWTP Steering Committee


The OCWTP Statewide Steering Committee conducts strategic and operational planning, program management, and oversight for all OCWTP initiatives and activities.

Regional Training Centers (RTCs)

For child welfare training purposes, the OCWTP divides Ohio into 8 RTCs, each of which is responsible for the budgeting, scheduling, registration, and administration of child welfare-related training within its region. Each RTC collaborates with its constituent agencies regarding the identification of training needs, the implementation of training, transfer of learning, and other training-related issues.

The 8 RTCs convene monthly as a group to discuss common issues, including the development of new trainers, implementation of specific workshops, transfer of learning, RTC operations, and general problem solving.

University Partnership Program (UPP)

Ohio’s UPP was established in 2002. It is part of Ohio’s commitment to improving outcomes for children and families by strengthening its child welfare workforce. It is a unique and beneficial partnership among the ODJFS, eight of Ohio’s public university schools of social work, OUCCAS, PCSAO, and Ohio’s 85 PCSAs. The purpose of UPP is to bolster Ohio’s professional child protection workforce by increasing the number of well-trained graduates with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work who enter the field.

The partnership has four primary purposes:

  1. Recruiting social workers to the field of child welfare
  2. Preparing graduates for entry-level work in child welfare (minimizing time and money in training)
  3. Increasing retention of child welfare staff; and
  4. Professionalizing the field of child welfare in the state of Ohio

UPP students take special courses on child welfare, complete a field placement at a PCSA, and after graduating and accepting a casework position in an Ohio PCSA, receive a student incentive payment (maximum $10k). Those who complete the program may not have to take the required core training (102 hours) that all other new caseworkers must complete within their first year of employment.

Participating Universities (8):

  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Akron
  • University of Toledo
  • Cleveland State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Wright State University
  • Youngstown State University

View the most recent UPP evaluation report (2020-2021).  

Ohio Human Services Training System (OHSTS)

OHSTS began providing in-service training in 1989 to Ohio's Adult Protective Services workforce and their private and public partners.

OHSTS is a cooperative effort between the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, four Regional Training Centers and OUCCAS. The statewide Steering Committee provides program oversight and governance of the developmental and operational activities necessary for OHSTS to achieve its mission.

OHSTS is a comprehensive, competency-based in-service training system. Four Regional Training Centers coordinate training events in local agencies based on identified learning needs for Adult Protective Services staff. The system promotes culturally competent practice and plans deliberate strategies to transfer learning from the classroom to the workplace.