July 26, 2017

National Make a Difference for Children Month


Working as a child welfare professional or being a foster/adoptive parent is not for everyone, but everyone can do something to help children in the dependency system. Please share the ideas below with family, friends, business owners and others who can help.

Here are some ways that individuals and organizations can support children and families in the system of care:


  • Provide school supplies (books, pencils, book bags, paper)
  • Provide jobs for older youth
  • Mentor a child
  • Offer free haircuts, dental care, clothing or transportation to children.
  • Support scholarships for summer camps, field trips, or music lessons
  • Donate items for holidays, birthdays and graduations
  • Support families with free services based on your business such as construction, home furnishings, and family dinners at restaurants, or mechanic services.
  • Donate items such as car seats, high chairs, toys, luggage or clothes
  • Host social events for foster/adoptive parents (picnics, parties, bowling)


Click on the links below for additional ideas:

Supporting Fostering Information

7 ways to help kids in foster care without becoming a foster parent

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Upcoming Training Events and Conferences

National Webinar: Engaging Youth in Normalcy Planning, July 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m (Eastern)

The Capacity Building Center for States is pleased to provide a webinar on exploring best practices and strategies for youth engagement in normalcy planning. Youth always know what normalcy means to them, and engaging them in normalcy conversations builds an understanding of their needs. Join us to hear from youth and child welfare professionals on best practices to engage youth in this important conversation and strategies for integrating it into policy and practice.


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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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