Sunday, December 8 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-12-08 13:30:02 GMT
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth.More >>
This week, Nicole Collier joins Jerry to dig deeper into the murder of 18-month-old Elaina Steinfurth. Hear new details of the case from Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates and Toledo Police Caption Brad Weis just days after Steven King and Angela Steinfurth accepted plea deals in the case.More >>
Local photographers snapped family portraits for an annual holiday program called, 'Help Portrait.'More >>
COLUMBUS, OH (Press release) -
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, working in collaboration with the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and Ohio Department of Public Safety, is partnering with the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers to help minors who are victims of human trafficking.
"Medical professionals, law enforcement officers and social workers at Ohio's 26 children's advocacy centers will provide victims and their families with a broad range of services, including medical screenings, forensic interviews, case management and trauma-focused mental health services," said ODJFS director Michael Colbert. "I want to thank the Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers for providing a safe, nonthreatening place for children and teenagers to get help they need."
Children's advocacy centers are multidisciplinary teams that provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to child abuse. Professionals from child protective services, law enforcement, the local prosecutor's office, victim advocacy groups, and medical and mental health fields provide specialized services in child-focused facilities.
Over the next two years, ODJFS will provide ONCAC with $523,200 in funding to train the multi-disciplinary team members to provide direct services to minor victims of human trafficking, develop and identify important community resources, provide community workshops on human trafficking, partner with statewide partners to revise the current human trafficking response protocol and link each center with the regional Ohio Network of Anti-Human Trafficking Coalitions. When appropriate, the centers also will assist with human trafficking investigations.
"By partnering with the statewide network of child advocacy centers, we are ensuring that minor victims of trafficking have access to child-focused, high-quality care," said State of Ohio Anti-Trafficking coordinator Elizabeth Ranade Janis. "This excellent partnership will help build a network of providers with the technical capacity to respond to the unique needs of young trafficking victims throughout the state of Ohio, in both urban and rural areas."
"The Ohio Network of Children's Advocacy Centers and its member centers are honored to be named as the statewide provider network to serve as the first-response system for minor victims of sex human trafficking," said ONCAC Chapter coordinator Amy Deverson Roberts. "The mission of children's advocacy centers is to provide a coordinated, multidisciplinary team response and specialized services to victims of child maltreatment. We look forward to working with established anti-trafficking coalitions located throughout the state and helping to deliver the best possible care for Ohio's sex trafficking minor victims."
On March 29, 2012, Gov. John Kasich signed Executive Order 2012-06K, creating the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force issued 26 recommendations to better coordinate statewide efforts to identify and rescue victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute these crimes, and provide the services and treatment necessary for victims to regain control of their lives.
Sunday, December 8 2013 5:28 AM EST2013-12-08 10:28:04 GMT
One man is dead following a motorcycle crash Saturday night on King Bee Road at the intersection of O'Neal Road in Stone County. According to Lt. Lewis Husband with the Stone County Sheriff's Office,More >>
One man is dead following a motorcycle crash Saturday night on King Bee Road at the intersection of O'Neal Road in Stone County.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 6:54 AM EST2013-12-08 11:54:09 GMT
Chef John Chapman is back on the coast and his flavorful menu items have returned with him.More >>
Chef John Chapman is back on the coast and his flavorful menu items have returned with him. "Chappy" as he is affectionately known, owned Chappy's Seafood Restaurant in Long Beach for more than 20 years until he was displaced by Hurricane Katrina.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 12:43 PM EST2013-12-07 17:43:55 GMT
Gulfport police arrested a juvenile after a high speed chase that ended in Long Beach on Saturday. The chase began after police received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Highway 49 area. WitnessesMore >>
Gulfport police arrested a juvenile after a high speed chase that ended in Long Beach. The chase began after police received a report of a stolen vehicle in the Highway 49 area.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 12:33 AM EST2013-12-08 05:33:47 GMT
On a cold night in Jackson the Picayune Maroon Tide proved that a game is never over until the final second ticks off the clock. Oxford jumped out to a 35-21 3rd quarter lead before the Maroon Tide rolledMore >>
For the second time since 2011 the Picayune Maroon Tide captured the 5A State Championship coming from behind in the 4th quarter to secure a miraculous 42-35 victory over previously undefeated Oxford in Jackson. Coach Dodd Lee and his Maroon Tide close out the season with a 12-2 record.More >>