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The Florida Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2018 Child Protection Summit. The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, and 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.


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Questions? Contact AK Consulting Group or (850) 523-4200 or 252-347-1402

This Week

This webinar is sponsored by Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Service of Minnesota.

This webinar will cover:

Origins of anxiety and depression for adoptees and foster youth, where they are coming from and how their brains have been shaped in order to better understand the unique ways they may experience anxiety and depression

How to help adoptees and foster youth through symptoms of anxiety and depression, including: therapy options, at-home tactics and skills

Creating a secure base for those affected by anxiety and depression

The importance of self-care in caregivers, so that they are emotionally available to help others experiencing anxiety and depression

This webinar will be useful for adult adoptees, former foster youth, adoptive and foster parents and adoption/foster care professionals.

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This webinar is sponsored by Louisiana Court Improvement Program and the Pelican Center for Children and Families.

The basic and most important determination judicial and child welfare agency staff make in child in need of care cases is whether a child(ren) is safe. Critical safety decisions are made when removing a child and determining whether a child should return home. However, without a comprehensive decision-making structure and thorough inquiry, decisions can lead to over and under removal, leaving children unsafe or returning them home too quickly.

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This webinar is sponsored by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Hidden Victims module will focus on the lesser recognized victims of trafficking, including males and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) youth. While these populations share characteristics of female trafficking victims, they have specific conditions and concerns that affect their risk and their experiences of exploitation. Understanding these unique factors will help professionals recognize possible victims, advocate for increased services and develop prevention strategies

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This webinar will provide information on demographics, permanency, engagement and well-being as associated with families dealing with incarceration. Professionals will be provided with information and ideas to offer an opportunity for professionals to decide what’s best regarding specific cases.

The training will discuss the questions of whether it is beneficial for children to visit their incarcerated parents as well as how to implement the updated case planning policy, ways to locate incarcerated parents and visitation.

Additionally, answers will be provided to the questions shared during previous online discussion groups.

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The webinar will review the guidance and procedure requirements outlined in CFOP 170-17, Chapter 2, Transition Planning for Youth and provide an opportunity to address practice related questions.

Please send any questions you may have in advance to Brandie McCabe

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The Child Welfare Symposium grew out of the National Foundation for Youth’s vision to gather local, state and national child welfare thought leaders to engage in a dialogue that might identify best practices and proposed solutions to strengthen the Florida Child Welfare System of Care.

To accomplish this goal, the National Foundation for Youth has selected three critical areas of focus for the event agenda:

1.Current child welfare funding models

2.The opioid epidemic and its impact on children and families

3.The increase in the number of children entering the child welfare system.

As a result of the level of participation requested space will be limited; so don’t miss out, please register as soon as you can.

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The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is proud to announce the Sixteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. This world-renowned event will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in the exciting city of Orlando, Florida at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

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