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Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County Public Announcement

Children enter the foster care system after having been abused, abandoned or neglected. Hillsborough County has more children in the dependency system than any other part of Florida, with the combined count of Pinellas and Pasco Counties following as a close second.

To heighten awareness of the children hoping for adoption, and reach out for advocates to encourage and speak for foster children, a collaborative effort was created, and funding secured through a grant from the Hobbs Foundation. The Heart Gallery of Tampa, Voices for Children (supporter and partner of the Guardian ad Litem program in Hillsborough), and No Off Switch productions developed a visual way to speak to the community. The multiple placements, and the hope, of these children can be seen by watching the short video: MOVING TOWARDS HOPE.

Guardian ad Litem Program of Hillsborough County Memo (9/26/19)

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This Week

This webinar is hosted by SAMHSA

Youth follow multiple pathways into the juvenile justice system. It is estimated that up to 30% of youth in the child welfare system follow that trajectory. Research also confirms that these youth are detained for longer periods of time, receive harsher dispositions, have severe behavioral health needs, and have more unfavorable long-term outcomes.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Crossover Youth Practice Model, which was developed for youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

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This webinar is hosted by Additude Mag

Once a child is approved for an IEP or 504 Plan, parents rightfully expect to get the most effective accommodations and services to help him or her excel in the classroom. It doesn't always turn out that way. Learn clues that tell you whether or not an IEP or 504 Plan is meeting your child’s needs, how to make minor changes, what to do if educators aren’t following the plan, and more.

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Presented by Special Agent Terry Thomas (Ret.), certified instructor for the National Organization for Victim Assistance and national expert in the areas of physical and sexual abuse investigations.
Training will be held in ten locations statewide (October through December 2019). Additional sessions will be scheduled between January and June 2020. Details will be added as they are available.

Visit the DCF Statewide Training and Events page on the Center Training Tab for updates and registration

This webinar will address how brain science explains the quality of elasticity in our brain function. It will describe how we can use this quality to develop new behaviors and thinking patterns that help us build resilience and wellness. Participants will learn how to identify more subtle, long-term impacts of trauma on their belief systems and how to engage in positive changes using what we know about elasticity

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