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Statewide Training Series

Kinnect with us!

Kinnect is excited to expand our training program to continue enhancing kinship practice across the state.  The strategies from these sessions empower families and produce lasting results, connecting young people with their families, kin, culture, and communities. Our new series is open to anyone with an interest in family search and engagement. 

Unpacking the 'No'

December 19, 1- 4 pm

Leaning into Engagement of Fathers is a three-hour training centered around the engagement of the non-custodial parents and their families. Participants examine the importance of engaging all fathers (alleged, established and fictive) and their immediate and extended families, and strategies for doing so.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

Cost: $50

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November 30, 1- 4 pm

SOGIE 101 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) 101 offers foundational information about gender identity and sexual orientation and the influence of affirmative caregiving. This is critical because LGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented in the child welfare system and are at greater risk of negative outcomes, including homelessness, unemployment, and physical and mental health challenges.

Roxana Bell, Statewide Program Trainer

Heather Jamison, Trainer 

Cost: $50

Leaning into Engagement of Fathers

Scheduling for next year, check back soon!

Unpacking the ‘No:’ Navigating Family Resistance
is a three-hour session that examines ambivalence, resistance, and opposition from families impacted by child protective services. Participants explore creative approaches to meaningfully engaging with relatives and opportunities for including the family and youth voice in the process.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

Cost: $50

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Identifying System Barriers

Scheduling for next year, check back soon!

Identifying System Barriers to Family Engagement and Strategies to Overcoming Them is a three-hour training focused on navigating the barriers that exist within the child protective system to connect children with their kin, culture, and community. Attendees examine potential obstacles, including timeframes and judicial involvement, and identify strategies for overcoming them.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

Cost: $50

SEEK Training Summary

9:00am-4:00pm in-Person
CEUs available

Search, Engage, Explore, and Kinnect (SEEK) Training is a six hour, values-based intense family search and engagement (FSE) training. In this training, participants will increase their understanding of core values and foundations of FSE, from legislation history and evolution of practice, to integrating family finding across agencies.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

Check with your local Ohio Child Welfare Training Program Regional Training Center about SEEK training, or see below for in-person SEEK training in your area:

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SEEK Learning Lab

We are excited to present a new offering from SEEK! Our new Family Search and Engagement Learning Lab is an opportunity to bring a family or youth you would like to support to the session. Statewide Family Search and Engagement Trainer Rick Dencer will conduct an intense demonstration to help find contact information for kin, build a family tree, and create the next steps for engaging family.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

SEEK Virtual Sessions

Family Search and Engagement Search Tools training is a one-hour virtual offering that will be focused on diligent searching strategies for the engagement of relatives and kin of children being served. Training will be centered around tools utilized in searching including LexisNexis®: Accurint and social media as well as publicly available information on the internet. 

Social Media Usage is a one-hour offering that will center on family search and engagement efforts utilizing social media through the lens of navigating professional boundaries and ethical considerations when exploring relatives. Training will include strategies for how to attempt to connect with relatives using social media as an engagement tool while respecting confidentiality.

Genogram training is a one-hour offering that will teach the basics of family tree building. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of why genograms are a critical tool and strategies for using them as a powerful engagement instrument.

Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

SEEK: Policy and Workflow Development

Policy and Workflow Development is a two-hour virtual offering intended for PCSA leadership teams. This training will be an opportunity to discuss state guidance and county procedure related to recent family search and engagement (FSE) legislation and best practice standards. Examples of agency policies and procedures related to FSE will be shared.


Rick Dencer, Statewide FSE Trainer

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Questions or requests?

If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Cordaro at