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What's New

Chapter 65C-28.004, Florida Administrative Code- Out of Home Care: Effective 5/20/2001

The Department amended 65C-28.004, F.A.C., Comprehensive Placement Assessment, to align with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), P.L. 115-123, to ensure all children entering out of home care are assessed for the most appropriate least restrictive placement setting.

Chapter 65C-28.021, Florida Administrative Code- Qualified Residential Treatment Programs: Effective 5/23/2021

The Department created 65C-28.021, Qualified Residential Treatment Programs, to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act, P.L. 115-123.

Chapter 65C-14, Florida Administrative Code- Child Caring Agency Licensing: Effective 5/23/2021

The Department amended 65C-14, Child-Caring Agency Licensing Standards, to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act, P.L. 115-123. (note: The Department will file for rule adoption for 65C-14.116, 65C-14.120, and 65C-14.125 Florida Administrative Code- Child Caring Agency Licensing on 6/16/2021. The tentative effective date of the rule adoption is 7/6/2021.)

Chapter 65C-30.006, Florida Administrative Code- Case Planning: Effective 3/15/2021

The Department amended 65C-30.006, F.A.C., to add provisions regarding case planning for children placed in qualified residential treatment programs.

You can also search for Changes to Florida Rules or Proposed Rules by visiting the Florida Department of State Website here:www.flrules.org.

This Week

First Training Session:

We understand more now than ever what children need for healthy development…an uninterrupted sense of belonging; however, our systems are not based on this knowledge. The child welfare system is not “broken;” it’s doing just what it was set up to do; rescue and remove children, punish parents, and separate families. The system was not set up as a family preservation system or family strengthening system, and now we know that must change. Together with families and communities, we can redesign a new way of work; one that keeps children safely with their family, not from their families. This session will discuss the mounting evidence for change and the inspiring efforts to work together to build a better way.

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This webinar is hosted by Child Welfare League of America

It is important to reflect on the role males play in protecting and nurturing children regardless of their parenting role (birth, step, resource, adoptive or caring for their kin). Based on feedback from a male specific workshop titled: InstruMENtal, many of our national and international colleagues have reported feeling underutilized and overlooked. In particular, as it relates to the decision making and assessment process and providing (and receiving) supports and resources in their communities and the child welfare system. CWLA is pleased to announce a new working group focusing on the male role in child welfare. This working group will identify areas of inclusion that promote equity for males and highlight new approaches that are proving successful in the need for policy and practice change. All are invited to join us on June 29th and learn more about how you can participate in our nationwide effort to support the male role in child welfare.

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This training will address how the dependency and delinquency systems respond to cross-over children (children who are involved in both the delinquency and dependency system). Specifically, the training will address the legal and practical limitations to find appropriate resources and placements.

Participants will learn how navigate each system’s provision of services and placement for children with mental health, emotional, behavioral, and substance abuse issues.


Amanda Cooper, Behavioral Health Coordinator of the Safe Children Coalition

John Cornett, Senior Program Manager of Network Development and Clinical Services for Central Florida Behavioral Health Network

Virginia Donovan, Chief Probation Officer of the Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Bar CLE Credit will be available.

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Second Training Session:

This webinar will examine the vital role leaders play in managing organizational change. It will deepen your understanding of the change process and offer practical tips and tools for preparing for normal responses to change and navigating the potential backlash and resistance of change; including how to prepare and protect those leading change movements.

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The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida. The Department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.

Conference attendees may earn CLE, CJE, CE, and In-Service Training hours at the Summit. In-Service Training hours can be counted towards your child welfare certification through the Florida Certification Board. The conference brochure will include a Continuing Education page with detailed information.

Get more information about the summit, including: featured speakers, workshop details, hotel links and registration info!

Third Training Session:

This training focus on understanding trauma, identifying trauma behaviors, and creating traumacompetent responses. Building blocks for creating a trauma competent organization include changing language, shifting mindsets, and initiating behavioral changes. Variables that create change readiness plus an awareness of the barriers to the change process together create the scaffolding for building a trauma competent organization.

Participants will leave with ideas and strategies on how to create micro-changes that contribute to building trauma competencies. It is now no longer enough to be trauma-informed; we must know what to do what that knowledge. It is in the application of the knowledge that we create competence.

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Forth Training Session:

Leadership creates the environment for building a trauma-competent organization that focuses on healing. When leadership prioritizes healing and sanctions the importance of trauma competencies is when the growth and changes will occur.

Discussions will include concepts of Emotional Intelligence, vulnerability and shame resilience. Leaders are encouraged to look at their own leadership styles while building a culture that embraces vulnerability and Emotional Intelligence. With these leadership insights, organizations can focus on healing. Participants will hear specific strategies on how to lead change, build trauma competencies, and incorporate Emotional Intelligence in the change process.

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The STARK (Stopping Technology-facilitated Abuse of Rural Kids) Symposium provides specialized training in criminal prosecution for rural prosecutors and promotes discussions among the prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT).

This Zero Abuse Project grant program allows prosecutors to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the concepts, case law, arguments, victims and evidence in technology-facilitated child abuse cases. It fosters knowledge sharing, training, and experience among prosecutors, law enforcement, and other MDT partners.

The training is focused on rural areas but, is available to all law enforcement, MDT partners, and prosecutors.

E-mail James Jolley for additional information and to register for the symposium.