May 3, 2017
May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize and acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

Did you know?

  • There are over 428,000 children in foster care in the U.S and Florida currently has over 12,000 children residing in licensed foster homes.
  • Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of children in care is nearly 9 years old.
  • In 2015, more than 20,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families. Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults.

Take a moment to review and share these foster care resources:



Recently Added Resources:

New Memo:
Get Ready for FSFN Enhancements-Child Placement Agreement & Data Reporting (4/26/17)

New Video:
Your Future, Your Finances Video

Upcoming Training Events and Conferences

California QPI: Assertion and Advocacy Live Webinar, Friday, May 5th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm (Central), 1:00 - 2:30 pm (Eastern)


Assertive Communication is a valuable tool for parents to possess, not only in their personal relationships at home, but in the community. This workshop will provide parents with the following:

  • Learning about the different styles of communication.
  • Skills to assert yourself and taking criticism.
  • Improving communication with others. Learning how to advocate for your child in school and with others.
  • How to plan for meetings and conversations about your child


Click here for additional information and to register.


Sunshine Health’s Medicaid Child Welfare Specialty Plan Webinar, Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:00am - 11:30am (Eastern)

This workshop will provide an overview of Sunshine Health’s Child Welfare Specialty Plan. This statewide Medicaid managed care health plan implements a trauma-informed model of care that uniquely integrates physical health, behavioral health, and child welfare in order to support the specialized needs of the children served.


Click here for more information and to register.


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