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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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WACYCP and ACYCP Annual Conference: June 1, 2017

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2017 Annual Youth Worker Conference
Co-Presented by the WACYCP and ACYCP

Thursday June 1st 2017

UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W Wisconsin Ave, 7th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53203

The Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) are accepting sponsors for the 2017 WACYCP Annual Youth Care Conference.  The all-day conference will be held on Thursday June 1st at the UWM Youth Work Learning Center in Milwaukee, WI.  The theme of this year’s conference is “Greater Together: Intentional Collaboration”.  It is being co-presented by both the WACYCP and ACYCP.

We are seeking proposals in many topic areas.  Each workshop should be 90 minutes long.  We are also offering a 30 minute Poster Session option this year.  Please specify if the workshop is aimed for an introductory, intermediate or advanced direct youth care worker.  Workshops should be aimed at youth care workers who work with youth aged 7 to 21.

Contact:  for details!

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2017 Conference Keynote Announced

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The Ohio Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals is pleased to announce that Craig Swenson, Esq, currently the Executive Director of the Geauga County Department of Job and Family Services will be this year’s Keynote Speaker at the organization’s Annual Conference.

Visit our Conference Page for more details!

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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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2017 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 2/15/2016.  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

Category : Conference

The 2017 Annual Conference will be held at Sawmill Creek in Huron, Ohio on March 22 and 23, 2017.  The Ohio Association of Child & Youth Care Professionals is seeking sponsorship for our annual conference in 2017!  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

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The Faces of Foster Care – Ohio HB 50/SB 240 is Now Law!!

Category : Foster Care

From our friends at OACCA:

Earlier this week, our Ohio Fostering Connections campaign released a video titled “I am the Face of Foster Care”. The video raises awareness of the challenges faced by youth who age out of foster care. Specifically, the bill calls on Ohio legislators to support HB 50 / SB 240, legislation that would extend Title IV-E funding for community agencies to serve these youth.

The video was created with the help of three alumni of foster care and the Ohio Youth Advisory Board. Here’s a link to the video.

UPDATE:  We are pleased to report that this has been signed into law!!!!  Great work all!!