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OCWTP Adoption Assessor Training

The Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP) is a comprehensive, competency-based in-service training program for Ohio’s public child welfare staff and caregivers. In the case of Adoption Assessor Training, training is for all public and private agency workers working in adoption and foster care.

Adoption Assessor Training is required for all social workers providing foster care or adoption services in Ohio. Only persons employed by or under contract to a licensed foster care or adoption agency are eligible to be Adoption Assessors.

The training is offered in two tiers. Individuals must complete Tier I within 6 months of the date of hire, and then complete Tier II within 3 years after completing Tier I. 

Participants must keep records of their attendance at the workshops and include a completed ODJFS Form 1680 in their personnel records, as well as keep a copy in their personal records and send a copy to ODJFS at the address below, certifying that they have completed the training and meet the educational and employment qualifications to be an Adoption Assessor. Send the completed Form 1680 to: ODJFS, Adoption Section, P.O. Box 183204, Columbus, OH 43218.

Tier I Adoption Assessor training includes six workshops and 36 hours of training. All Cuyahoga County Tier I workshops will be held at Adoption Network Cleveland, 4614 Prospect Ave., Suite 550, Cleveland, Ohio.

For more information, contact Julius Jackson at (216) 482-2324 or

2018 Adoption Assessor Training Dates and Topics

  • April 5-6 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Family and Child Assessment
    Trainer: Angela Irby
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days

  • April 23 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Adoption Assistance
    Trainer: Maureen Heffernan
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

  • April 23 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Placement Strategies
    Trainer: Maureen Heffernan
    Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

  • May 4 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Birthparents Services
    Trainer: Dr. Zoë Breen-Wood
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • May 18 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Pre-Finalization Adoption Services
    Trainer: Susan Darden Kautz
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • June 1 (Tier 1)

    Topic: Post-Finalization Adoption Services
    Trainer: Ann Bagley
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • April 13 (Tier 2)

    Topic: Achieving Permanency Through Interagency Collaboration
    Trainer: Angela Irby
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • May 10-11 (Tier 2)

    Topic: Cultural Issues in Permanency Planning
    Trainer: Nikaeda Griffie
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days

  • June 8 (Tier 2)

    Topic: Gathering and Documenting Background Information
    Trainer: Maureen Heffernan
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • June 21 (Tier 2)

    Topic: Openness in Adoption
    Trainer: Gina Oriti
    Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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