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2019 Conference Sponsors: Ohio MENTOR & Sequel-Pomegranate

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A BIG THANK YOU to our friends at Ohio MENTOR and Sequel-Pomegranate for their sponsorship of this year’s conference!

If you or your agency wishes to join these agencies, please go to our Sponsorship page!

Way to go, Ohio MENTOR and Sequel-Pomegranate, again, thank you for your support of Ohio’s Child and Youth Care Professionals!

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2019 Annual Conference March 20 and March 21, 2019

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The Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals Annual Conference will be held on March 20 and 21, 2019 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio on the beautiful southern shores of Lake Erie!

More details soon!

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2018 Conference Keynote Presenter Announced!

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Keynote Presenter:  Don Bartlette, Ph.D.

“Macaroni at Midnight”:  How one person in a traumatized child’s life can make all the difference!

Join us in hearing internationally recognized speaker and social activist, Dr. Don Bartlette, share his autobiographical story of inspiration and hope despite adversity. He travels across North American and other countries to share his story of perseverance and the power of intervention by one adult who cares. “Macaroni at Midnight” chronicles his life as a Native American child growing up in the face of disability, poverty, rejection by his community, family and school violence, racism, abuse, and family alcoholism. He has been featured on radio and television programs, including Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. His story has been portrayed in a stage drama, book, and song. Dr. Bartlette is a married father of eight children.

Despite his lack of formal elementary education and being unable to speak until adolescence due to a severe cleft palate, Dr. Bartlette went on to graduate valedictorian of his high school, earn his B.A. in Social Work and Philosophy, M.Ed. in Counseling, and Ph.D. in Education. Dr. Bartlette is a former social worker, counselor, school superintendent and educator with over 40 years of experience working with at-risk youth through city, county, state, and national organizations.

This year’s conference will be on March 28, 2018 and March 29, 2018.  Dr. Bartlette will be presenting on March 28, 2018.

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2017 OACYCP Elections – Board of Directors

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At our Annual Meeting in March, 2017, new officers of the Board of Directors were elected.  The following individuals have been elected to the OACYCP Board of Directors:

Desiree Morrison, President
Corrie Rafferty, Vice President
Anthony Rodgers, Treasurer
Dale Curry, Secretary
Joel Haberland, Immediate-past President

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CYCCB Certification Workbook and Study Guide Now Available!

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The Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) has a new Certification Workbook available through their website for $30.00, including shipping and handling.  Check it out .

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Thoughts on Youth Care

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Please check out Tom Woll’s article on Youth Care.  Tom is a longtime member and supporter of the Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care and professional certification for direct care workers.   Great article for both workers and administrators!

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Pay Membership On-line!

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You can now pay your OACYCP Membership on-line using PayPal paypal  Please check out our Membership page!

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2019 Nomination for Steve Plottner Award

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Steve Plottner Award for Leadership in Child Welfare

The Steve Plottner Award for Leadership in Child Welfare honors a person who demonstrates leadership for children, families, and the direct care workforce of the Ohio child welfare system.  The award is named after Steve Plotter, one of Ohio’s most influential child welfare leaders.

Steve was a leader on many fronts.  He was an officer on the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) Board of Directors and chaired the Residential Center and Group Home Committee for many years.  In these roles, he led OACCA’s advocacy efforts on child welfare outcomes and licensing standards, the direct care workforce, and the rights of children involved in the child welfare and developmental disability systems.  For twenty-one years, Steve was a leader of the Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (OACYCP).  In the roles of Board member, Vice President, and President, he led efforts to enhance and professionalize the field of child and youth care.  Following a two-decade tenure with LHS Family and Youth Service, he became the organization’s chief executive and led agency-wide innovations to adapt LHS the changing health care and child welfare marketplace.

Please fill out this form, print, and email it to by 3/2/2018.  Or you can complete it on line at 


– The nominee is a leader in the Ohio child welfare system
– The nominee is an advocate for children in need of residential care and providers of residential care
– The nominee made outstanding contributions to the field of residential care

* 1.Your Name

* 2.Your Email Address

* 3.Nominee’s Name

* 4.In 1-2 paragraphs, describe why the nominee should receive the award:

* 5.Name of the organization in which the nominee is employed:

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Conference Sponsor Opportunities – 2019

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The 2019 Annual Conference will be held at Sawmill Creek in Huron, Ohio on March 20 and 21, 2019.  The Ohio Association of Child & Youth Care Professionals is seeking sponsorship for our annual conference in 2018!  YOU CAN NOW PAY ON-LINE WITH PAYPAL!

$750 Champion:  Table in front by registration desk, full day workshop plus lunch for two staff, sponsorship recognition in conference brochure, on website, and during luncheons

$500 Leader:  Table near front entry, full day workshop plus lunch for one staff, recognition on website

$350 Advocate:  Table in conference area, one free 3 hr workshop

$200 Mentor:  Table in conference area

For consideration or questions, please contact Joel Haberland at or Desiree Morrison at