March 7, 2018

March is Social Work Month


When things are at their most challenging it is typically a Social Worker who can step in and bring order to the chaos. Social Workers, Case Managers, Child Protective Investigations and all other Child Welfare Professionals positively impact hundreds of children and families throughout their careers. Take the time to acknowledge these heroes in our community.


Many Human Service professionals are often so focused on helping others, they fail to care for, nourish and replenish themselves in order to mitigate the occupational hazards of their profession and thrive within their work. They see the best and the worst of society every day, and even the strongest can crack under the pressure. That is why self-care is so important.


Self-Care isn’t just about eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep. While important, these elements only scratch the surface of an intentional and successful wellness plan. Practicing self-care can be an antidote to burnout, which is a combination of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. While employees in many fields experience burnout, human service professionals are particularly susceptible because of the high levels of empathy required by their jobs. They also experience the stress of working with clients who are often in crisis and may be working for an agency where resources may be scarce.


Below are some Self-Care Resources:


Self Care: A to Z


Burnout in Child Welfare Infographic


The Center’s Professional Development and Workforce Support Resources


Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Unified Home Study Completion (3/1/18)





Child Welfare Key Monthly Report (February 2018)


Upcoming Events

Center Webinar: The Vital Need for Self-Care in Child Welfare
March 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)


The Child Welfare system is comprised of professionals who sincerely want to make a difference in a child’s life. This drive often causes us to work through lunch (and sometimes dinner); overload on caffeine to finish that last note; or pull up to McDonalds for the 4th time in a week. Although it feels like there is no time to stop for food or take a day off, it is imperative for our productivity and health. ┬áPlease join us in this webinar, presented by The Center’s Catarolyn Glenn to learn how to recognize stress and the impact it has on our work, relationships and health. During this webinar, we will also discuss effective strategies to manage anxiety, prevent burnout and remain healthy enough to continue to serve others.


Click HERE to register.


Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center - Spring Statewide Training, May 17 - 18, 2018, Orlando, FL


In the tradition of building and sharing expertise, the Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.




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