Children & Families Section


Children & Families Section
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9385
Fax: 614.387.9409

David Edelblute

Policy Counsel:
Kyana Pierson, Esq.

Court Improvement
Program Analyst:

Debra Copeland

Children & Families
Program Assistant:

Renee Bellamy

The Children & Families Section provides technical assistance, training, and policy recommendations to improve court performance in cases involving children and families.

The Advisory Committee on Children & Families makes policy recommendations to the Supreme Court of Ohio through the section. Current projects include developing policy to respond to child abuse, neglect and dependency; adult guardianship standards; domestic relations forms; and family law reform legislation.

Technical assistance is provided by the section through consultation with local courts and publications. The section also staffs roundtables which allow court personnel to discuss common issues and share perspectives on current practice needs. The section collaborates with other sections within the Office of Court Services to provide training on caseflow management and standards of practice.

Regional Trainings

Annual Multidisciplinary Training - Collaborate Community Teams: Strategies to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families Affected by Parental Substance-Use Disorders and Prenatal Exposure

Domestic Relations and Juvenile Standardized Forms

Advisory Committee on Children & Families

Publications & Resources

Diversion Recognition Program