April 11, 2018

April is Celebrate Diversity Month


In addition to April being Child Abuse and Prevention Awareness Month it is also Celebrate Diversity Month. Child welfare professionals across our state work with children, youth, and families from varied backgrounds and communities with their own unique strengths, needs, and challenges. Some studies have shown that workers who share or understand a family’s culture may better understand that family’s needs. Additionally, child welfare agencies, like all organizations, benefit from a diverse workforce.


Celebrate Diversity Month is about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us, as well as the similarities that unite us. We may look different, speak differently and practice different customs, but we all have something valuable to contribute to our communities.


Take a moment to review The Center’s resources:


Cultural Competency and Diversity




Preserving and Nurturing Cultural Connections in Children and Families
(QPI Training Video)

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Florida's Early Childhood Court: An Outcomes Analysis Training Video


The Vital Need for Self-Care in Child Welfare





Burnout in Child Welfare


Self-Care Tips

Upcoming Events

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


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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.


Live Webinar: Introduction to The Center, Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Are you familiar with The Center for Child Welfare? If you have anything to do with the Child Welfare System in Florida, then you should be! We are a one-stop shop for training, resources and information for anyone working with or caring for children and families in Florida. We invite you to attend our informative live webinar where you can learn about our core functions and how we help the entire system of care. Find out what resources we have available in our extensive knowledge library and learn how you can view our online training to earn training hours


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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