Florida's Center for

CHILD WELFARE

Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals




This Week

Many fathers who have been incarcerated experienced traumatic childhoods and/or traumatic situations in adulthood. Research suggests these men are often survivors and witnesses of violent attacks while imprisoned. Upon exiting the criminal justice system, these experiences can hinder successful reintegration into the community. In addition, experiencing the effects of trauma could create challenges for responsible fatherhood (RF) programs seeking to reconnect formerly incarcerated individuals with their families. To support RF grantees in their efforts to serve fathers who have a history of trauma and criminal justice involvement, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) initiated a study under the Parents and Children Together evaluation. Specifically, the study examines how RF programs can create a trauma-informed system of care for fathers exiting the criminal justice system.

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Human Trafficking and Dependency...Do you really know what it means? Do you know what to look for? Do you know what resources are available? Do you know what the law requires of child welfare professionals? This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking, its impact on children in our dependency system and our role in the process.

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Upcoming

In this webinar, participants will learn about available data resources relating to victimization of and offending by girls, and the juvenile justice system's response to law-violating behavior involving girls. The presenters will demonstrate information available from online data analysis and dissemination tools, with examples of the practical application and use of this information for policy and practice. Participants will have time to ask questions about the data resources and their own data needs and uses.

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This webinar will present never-before seen findings related to the rapid increase of young people from foster care using the Department of Children and Families (DCF) tuition exemption to pursue their college dreams. The webinar will present initial findings related to the impact of our state’s laws and policy, including the establishment of campus-based wraparound student services. The webinar will be presented by a team from Educate Tomorrow, which runs Florida’s Positive Pathways Program. The research was sponsored by DCF and the Helios Foundation.

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Florida’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems remain hot topics in the news. While Florida has made overall progress in keeping children safe and helping them turn their lives around, high profile cases of children falling through the cracks and systemic maltreatment shows additional reforms are as important as ever. What solutions could move Florida in a better direction? Our presenters for this webinar series, among our nation’s best and brightest, are noted thought leaders in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice.

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