May 2, 2018

May is National Foster Care Month


National Foster Care Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the contributions of the compassionate people making a lifelong difference in the lives of children in foster care. It is also an opportunity to encourage everyone from all walks of life to get involved - as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.


In order to thrive, all children and youth need excellent parenting. When parents can’t care for their children, the foster or relative family must be able to provide the loving, committed, skilled care that the child needs, in partnership with the system. The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) is an approach to strengthening foster care, refocusing on excellent parenting for all children in the child welfare system.


Take a moment to review highlights from the 2018 QPI Conference.


Foster Care Resources:


Foster Care in Florida


Out of Home Publications

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Child Support in Child Welfare Cases




Child Welfare Key Indicators Monthly Report (April 2018)

Upcoming Events

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


Click HERE for additional information.


Click HERE for the registration form.


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.


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.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.




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