July 5, 2017
Summer and Water Safety

Summer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. This is also a good time to remind and teach caregivers how they can keep kids safe and healthy while they enjoy the summer fun.


  • Before outdoor physical activities, children should drink freely and should not feel thirsty. Kids should always have water or a sports drink available and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.
  • The inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures quickly, even when the outside temperature is not hot. Never leave a child alone in a car, even if you expect to come back soon.
  • Florida loses more children under the age of five to drowning than any other state in the nation. Never leave children alone in or near water, even for a moment; close supervision by a responsible adult is the best way to prevent drowning in children.
  • Cover Up. Clothing that covers you and your child’s skin helps protect against UV rays. Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.


Click HERE to review our Prevention Publications - including a section on Water Safety



Recently Added Videos:

Policy Memos

“Go-Live” for FSFN Enhancements to Medicaid Applications Memo


2017-2018 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines Memo


Newly Posted Publications


Florida CFSR PIP June 2017 Newsletter


Updated FSFN Guide Guides, How Do I Guides and Topic Papers including: Case Closure, Medicaid Eligibility & Florida System Interface


New Videos


Impact of Substance Abuse on Child Welfare with Emphasis on Medicated Assisted Treatment


Countering the Shame of the Resource Parent and Family


Countering the Shame of the Foster or Adopted Child: Healing the Wounds of the Past by Creating a More Loving Present


Understanding Shame: The Secret Disruptor of Family Harmony


More New Videos

Upcoming Training Events and Conferences

Live Webinar: Grief and Loss: The Impact to Caregivers and their Families, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm (EST)


This webinar will allow participants the opportunity to explore grief and loss specific to child welfare. Our focus will be on the grief and loss caregivers and their families experience as a result of providing excellent care to children. From the loss of privacy and family routines to the loss of children that are moved, caregivers and their families are impacted by grief and loss. Coping strategies and healing actions families can utilize will be discussed.


Click HERE for additional details and to register


Live Webinar: Civil Rights Laws: Implications for Persons with Limited English Proficiency and Persons with Disabilities in the Provision of Child Welfare Services: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Eastern


Join us for this informative training presented by Beatriz Romero-Escobar and Barbara Stampul with the Department of Health and Human Services. This training is intended for CPI, CPI Supervisors, Case Managers, Case Management Supervisors, Adoption Counselors, Adoption Counselor Supervisors, Children’s Legal Services Attorneys. Please only register for one of the events.

Click HERE to register for the July 12th web event


Live Webinar: Understanding Tourette Syndrome in Children, Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon (EST)


Tourette Syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as tic disorders that affect children and adults, causing them to make sudden, involuntary movements and/or sounds called tics which wax and wane and can change unpredictably. This webinar for Child Welfare Professionals and Caregivers will help build an understanding of Tourette Syndrome and provide information so attendees can better recognize tics as a neurodevelopmental disorder, identify sources for services and support, and how to advocate for children and youth with Tourette Syndrome and guide them to advocate for themselves.


Click HERE for additional details and to register


Registration is now open for the 2017 DCF Child Protection Summit, August 29-31, 2017, JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando.

The Florida Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2017 Child Protection Summit. This year marks the Summit’s 20th year anniversary. The Summit offers an extraordinary program of current and relevant training topics to further advance the knowledge base of child welfare staff in many critical areas of importance. As the largest child welfare event in Florida, the Department anticipates the 2017 Child Protection Summit will be attended by more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners.


Click HERE for more information and to register.




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