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Child Welfare News

Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being aims to move from traditional, reactive child protection systems to those designed to support child and family well-being and prevent child maltreatment and unnecessary family separations. Click here for the full press release.

This Week

Since March 2020, children across the country have been isolated at home participating in distance learning. The impacts academically, socially and emotionally have been staggering, particularly for children with pre-existing serious emotional disorders and their families. There has been a reduction in referrals to child protective services, an increase in isolation, depression, anxiety, and a decrease in engagement which can lead to lower academic success. What do all of these things mean in the short-term and the long-term? What can be done to attempt to mitigate some of these adverse effects? Join our Roundtable Discussion as we provide information and answer your questions.

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Upcoming

Florida is changing its array of placements for foster children to meet the requirements of the federal Family First Act. Beginning in October 2021 the federal government will stop paying for traditional group care. Will this change usher in a new and hopeful era for Florida children? Or will the practicalities of such a major shift have negative consequences.

In this training will learn about new options like Qualified Residential Treatment Programs and At-Risk of Sex Trafficking Group homes. We will examine the supports offered to relatives and non-relatives to care for children under the new foster parent licensing scheme. We’ll look at the racial and ethnic disparities in placement. We will discuss advocacy opportunities so that everyone working with children will be prepared to navigate this new world.

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“Survivor-centered,” “survivor-led,” “survivor-informed,” “ally” – these are all terms that are commonly used in the anti-trafficking field, but what do they really mean? How do they differ and why do they matter? The needs of child and adult survivors can be complex. They cannot be effectively addressed through any singular entity, perspective, discipline or approach. Development of a comprehensive response that considers everything from state-level policies to multidisciplinary team case staffings requires input and participation from many, including survivors. This presentation will define and discuss these issues and offer information on how survivor engagement is best and most effective, perceived barriers, Florida’s work to date and other issues related to survivor engagement. The presentation will cover a broad range of anti-trafficking efforts, and will benefit anyone working within the anti-trafficking field or who is a possible contact point in the community for those who are trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked. Presenters will share resources on these topics with attendees.

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The Safe Children Coalition is pleased to announce their 2021 Annual Conference that will be held virtually April 29-30, 2021. In addition to amazing speakers, they are offering a virtual Provider Meet & Greet where you can chat with providers about their programs and services.

The deadline for registration is April 15, 2021.

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