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Changes to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare

Our contract with Florida’s Department of Children and Families will end at the end of April 2022. You will see changes to the website as some resources and information are transitioned to the Department. Effective May 1, 2022, certificates for training hours for Foster Parents and Child Welfare Professionals will no longer be available through the Center for Child Welfare (www.centerforchildwelfare.org) or Just in Time Training (qpiflorida.org).

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This Week

NCSACW invites you to a webinar to learn strategies to help the increasing number of adolescents at risk of suicide and mental health concerns. Among adolescents ages 15-19, rates of suicide began to increase in 2000 from 8 per 100,000 adolescents, reaching a peak of 11.8 per 100,000 adolescents in 2017. In 2019, suicide was the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults. Increases in suicide rates parallel increases among adolescents and young adults with self-harm attempts and depression.

Join this webinar to learn:

How to identify adolescents at risk for suicide and mental health concerns.

Prevention based interventions and strategies for adolescents at risk for suicide and mental health concerns.

Key strategies and resources to promote resilience, recovery, and positive youth development for adolescents involved in child welfare.

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Youth living in foster care frequently get separated from their siblings. Sibling Preservation works to preserve their unique bond through regularly scheduled, engaging and memorable events. This year-round programming provides opportunities for children in foster care to heal, grow, and maintain their sibling bonds during this difficult chapter in their lives.

Webinar participants can expect to learn about Sibling Preservation efforts, advocacy, and the changing landscape of sibling visitation during the Covid era.

The webinar will also highlight Camp To Belong - a week-long summer camp reuniting siblings for personal and emotional growth, confidence-building activities, and family bonding with member camps throughout the country.

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Everyone in the community should be able to recognize and respond to human trafficking. In particular, the business community has a unique and important role in preventing trafficking and safely and effectively responding. Whether open to the public or not, employees, managers and others in the workplace can be the eyes and ears of the community when it comes to both supporting the children and adults who are sex and labor trafficked and helping the justice system to hold traffickers accountable.

The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) with funding from Leon County, Florida has developed a training initiative to give the thousands of businesses and others in our area information about what to look for, how to recognize signs and patterns of sex or labor trafficking and what to do if they suspect human trafficking is occurring.

This program will cover details of this local initiative as well as what hotels, restaurants, shops, convenience stores, offices, financial institutions and workplaces of all kinds should know and how they can respond. Non-profit agencies as well as traditional for-profit businesses can benefit from this webinar and this initiative.

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Join NCSACW’s Office Hour on the development of notification pathways and implementation of family care plans for families not involved in the child welfare system—including during the prenatal period. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and learn innovative strategies to initiate family care plans to prevent child welfare involvement or family separation for infants and their parents or caregivers who are referred to child protective services

Topics to be discussed include:

Who are the agencies implementing family care plans?

How do we engage healthcare providers and other community partners who may be willing to initiate family care plans?

How are states implementing CAPTA for infants affected by prenatal exposure to Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)?

Are there any data on preventing family separation from community agencies who are implementing family care plans?

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What makes one individual more likely to develop a substance use disorder than another, even when they’ve experienced similar life events? People’s relationships with drugs are shaped by many aspects of their lives, from their internal feelings to their family history to the world around them. The concept of risk and protective factors is an important heuristic that has been used in the field of substance use prevention and treatment to identify the elements of people’s lives that may lead to healthier outcomes. This webinar will explore the risk and protective factors across multiple contexts, understanding how these factors are interactive and cumulative.

Attendees will learn to integrate principles of risk and protective factor theory into SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework, developing a unique prevention strategy for their community.

This webinar is designed for behavioral health practitioners, prevention professionals, child welfare professionals, educators, recovery support and peer specialists, community organizations, executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities, and Florida Department of Children and Families program staff.

Up to 2 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are approved for persons meeting the attendance requirements for the following:

Florida Certification Board Recognized Education Provider #A-001, Exp. Date 12/31/2023

Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2023

Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2022

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QPI is pleased to announce a Virtual Town Hall for all Florida Caregivers with FL DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris!Join us for this special opportunity to ask questions of Secretary Harris to get to know who she is and her vision for the Florida child welfare system.

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Hosted by the National Criminal Justice Training Center

Gather information on how to engage and construct a collaborative response to at-risk missing and high-risk endangered missing children. Explore how a missing child’s path to becoming a victim of exploitation intersects with the child protection, law enforcement and juvenile justice systems and acts as a risk factor to abductions. Identify opportunities within those systems for prevention and engagement. Examine the complex, layered exploitation these victims endure and how exploiters capitalize on this victimization.

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to.

How to engage and construct a collaborative response to At-Risk missing and High-Risk endangered missing children.

Explore how a missing child’s exploitation intersects with child protection, law enforcement and juvenile justice systems.

Understand the vital aspect of proactive recovery tools.

Utilize recovery interview approaches and methods for recovered high risk missing to identify possible exploitation.

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NCSACW is excited to share a new three-part series of technical assistance briefs: How States Serve Infants and their Families Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure.You can join us for a free three-part Learning Exchange to explore each brief. The sessions feature subject matter experts and professionals from several states that currently implementing innovative policies and practices that support families affected by prenatal substance exposure

Brief 1: Identification and Notification summarizes steps states taken to implement the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) amendments to the Child Abuseand Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). The amendments focus on changes to state statutes, establishing a difference between notification and reporting to Child Protective Services, and developing shared definitions to identify and serve these families.

Brief 2: Plan of Safe Care Data and Monitoring reviews states’ systems- and case-level strategies for monitoring Plans of Safe Care (POSC) and fulfilling the amended annual data reporting requirements in CAPTA. This brief also highlights innovative ways states and local communities monitor POSC for infants and families without open child welfare cases.

Brief 3: Lessons from Implementation of Plans of Safe Care provides an overview of the progress, knowledge, and experience states have gained since the passage of the CARA amendments to CAPTA. The three highlighted lessons include promoting systems collaboration, reducing stigma, and using data to implement effective policies and practices

How are states implementing CAPTA for infants affected by prenatal exposure to Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)?

Are there any data on preventing family separation from community agencies who are implementing family care plans?

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The Safe Children Coalition is pleased to announce its 11th annual conference.

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For additional information, questions or comments, email: Conference@sccfl.org