April 25, 2018

April is Financial Literacy Month


What exactly is Financial Literacy and why is it important? Financial literacy is having the knowledge and ability to make informed decisions about how we use money in our everyday lives. When young people understand how to manage money, they are equipped with a skill that is key to making their dreams a reality -- and bringing reality to their dreams. Here are a few suggestions to help youth achieve financial literacy.


1. Start the conversation early
The time to start teaching kids about money is when they begin learning other social norms, like saying “please” and “thank you.”


2. Use everyday activities as money lessons
As kids enter grade school, use daily errands as teaching lessons.


3. Create a budget together
As kids enter their pre-teen and teenage years, “walk them through how to set up a simple budget by helping them come up with a list of their expenses, a list of their income (either from a job or an allowance), and how they’ll manage both.


4. Work together to establish a savings goal
Kids always want something - use this as a way of teaching them the value of saving. “Encourage them to set aside a portion of their monthly savings - and any gifts that they receive — toward long-term goals, like a car, college costs, or a vacation.”


5. Allow kids to make their own financial decisions or mistakes - but keep an eye on them.
Allowing kids the room to fail is one of the toughest things to do as a parent, but it can also provide them with some of their greatest learning opportunities.


6. Teach them the importance of charity.
At the end of the day, we want our children to know that money isn’t everything. Encourage your teen to volunteer at soup kitchens, food banks, homeless shelters, or to join youth groups that give back to the community in other ways, like park cleanups, tutoring and fundraisers.


Take a moment to review our Financial Literacy resources on our Youth Space page.

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Building Wealth: A Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your Financial Future

Upcoming Events

QPI Live Web Event: Special Education: An Overview, Friday, April 27, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by: Katie V. Kelly, Ph.D., Esq., Supervising Attorney Children’s Rights Unit, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.


This webinar will provide basic information that every foster parent with a struggling student needs to know. Included will be an explanation of the Exceptional Student Education process, common areas of disability for kids in care, the difference between an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and a 504 plan, how to ask for an evaluation as well as advocacy tips and tricks. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


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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


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DCF Eligibility and Finance Training, May 15 - 16, 2018, Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort, 12205 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL, 32836


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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.


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I Take it Back: Winning Your Case with a Recanting Witness, Friday, May 18, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:30pm (Eastern)


Presented by: Mary-Ann Burkhart, Director of the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse at the National District Attorney’s Association.


Recantation is a common component in prosecuting cases of child abuse and, too often, the mistaken belief is that recantation signals the end of a successful prosecution. This presentation will focus on ways to analyze the dependency case with an eye toward preventing recantation, investigating reports of recantation if it does occur, and explaining recantation to a judge to rehabilitate your victim’s credibility.


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