April 4, 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month


Each year in April, the President of the United States issues a proclamation to announce National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the State of Florida participates in this campaign by promoting community involvement through State and local activities.  We can all play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being. Here are just a few ways to get involved:


Wear BLUE - The color blue is the shade for Child Abuse Prevention and April 6, 2018 is Wear Blue Day. Wear your favorite blue jeans, blue shirts, blue hoodies, blue everything!


Plant a Pinwheel - Pinwheels are the symbol for Child Abuse Prevention. Place a pinwheel in your yard, on your desk, or as your social media profile and show that you are committed to preventing Child Abuse in our community.


Talk About It - Unfortunately, child abuse happens every day in our community. By talking about it, we help others become aware and ask questions. It is through these conversations that we increase awareness and therefore prevention.


Educate Yourself - There are several educational opportunities which are a great way to gain knowledge about child abuse prevention.


2018 Prevention Resource Guide


Pinwheels for Prevention Resources


The Center’s Prevention and Strengthening Families Resources


2018 Press Release: Guardian ad Litem Program Urges Hillsborough County Residents to Act Against Child Abuse


Florida is a mandatory reporter state, meaning that anyone who has knowledge of or a reasonable suspicion of abuse is required to report by contacting the Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. For more information on reporting child abuse, click here.

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Child Welfare Key Indicators Monthly Report (March 2018)






Florida’s Opioid Response Training


Group Care Quality Standards Assessment: Statewide Pilot Licensing Specialist Training


Group Care Quality Standards Assessment: Statewide Pilot Community Partner Training


Upcoming Events

DCF Webinar: Claiming Title IV-E Training Costs
Friday, April 6, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Claiming Title IV-E Training Costs webinar provides new and updated information regarding the use of Title IV-E Training funding used by Child Protection Professionals. During this webinar the updates will include, identification of the eligible training topics, claimable costs and the new procedures for documenting, tracking and reporting training activities and costs.


Click HERE to register.


Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Live Webinar: "It Only Makes Cents: Our Children, Their Financial Future", Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


As parents, guardians, support providers, family and friends, it is our responsibility to introduce smart money management to our children to help prepare them for major financial decisions ahead. Imagine not knowing how to balance your checkbook or how much is best to pay on your credit card bill. Now, think about those financial lessons you learned the hard way. If we can help our children avoid such money mistakes, why wouldn't we, especially when resources are so easily accessible?


As we observe Financial Literacy Month and Teach Children to Save Day on April 20th, it is an opportune time to start discussing finances with the children in your life.


Presenters from the Department of Financial Services will share information on its financial literacy course and app for teens and young adults, Finance Your Future. They will also teach parents how to assist their children in learning about finances. 


Click HERE to register.


CA Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Live Webinar: Parenting Children and Youth on the Autism Spectrum, Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m (Eastern), 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Pacific)


Approximately 1 in every 68 children is diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum. Yet the behaviors, challenges, and perspectives of these children vary. They see the world differently, handle communication and their thoughts in ways that are arduous for parents and at times extremely frustrating. Their abilities to function in school, home and life can also range anywhere from successful to troublesome.


This hour-long video will describe some of the behaviors and perspectives that children and youth on the spectrum have, from those who might be thought of as “Asperger’s” to those with more several emotional problems related to autism. Strategies for understanding, interacting, and having positive outcomes with these children and youth will be discussed as well.


Click HERE to register.


Live Webinar: Self Care for Foster Parents, Monday, April 23, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Providing care for foster children can bring many positives into your life, but it can also take a toll, both physically and emotionally. Without finding a balance between caring for others and providing your own self-care you run the risk of developing feelings of frustration, exhaustion, lack of compassion, as well as other health related issues.

Please join us in this webinar to learn how to recognize “Caregiver Burnout” and the impact it has in all aspects of life. We will also discuss effective strategies to manage & prevent both Burnout and “Compassion Fatigue”.

Presenter: Catarolyn M. Glenn, MA - Learning & Development Facilitator


Click HERE to register.


Live Webinar: Intimate Partner Violence Threatens LGBTQ Youth: Safety, Inclusivity, and Advocacy for Child Welfare-Involved LGBTQ Youth Survivors of Domestic Violence, April 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)


This free webinar will provide participants with the language, cultural context, and information to assist them in supporting child welfare-involved LGBTQ youth survivors of domestic violence and enhancing family safety and inclusivity. This training will begin with a discussion of LGBTQ vocabulary and terminology before delving into the dynamics of domestic violence in LGBTQ relationships. Next, we will explore the specific barriers and threats LGBTQ survivors face, and finally, participants will brainstorm strategies for advocacy specific to LGBTQ youth involved in the child welfare system, with a focus on inclusivity, safety, and prevention.


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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