June 13. 2018

Incarcerated Parents


Reportedly, there are more than 2.5 million children in the US that have a parent incarcerated. Over 5 million children have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their life. Experiencing the loss of a parent due to incarceration can be traumatic and is considered an adverse childhood experience, which increases the risk of trauma, poor behaviors, chronic health conditions and early death. As Child Welfare Professionals, it is important to engage with both the facility and the incarcerated parent to develop case plans that are meaningful and involve services that are accessible, whenever possible.


The Center will host a webinar discussion about engaging incarcerated parents next month. We are interested in hearing from you about your experiences in working with incarcerated parents of children in Florida’s child welfare system. Click here to answer a few questions.


Click here to view the new FL Statute 39.6021 - Case planning when parents are incarcerated or become incarcerated.


Click to register for the upcoming discussions: July 11 or July 25



Incarcerated Parent Resources:


Child Welfare Practice With families affected by Parental Incarceration


Child Welfare Information Gateway - Supporting Children and Families of Prisoners


Guide for Incarcerated Parents Who Have children in the child Welfare System


Recently Added Resources:



Get Set for FSFN Enhancements - Unified Home Study (6/8/18)


Mandatory Multidisciplinary Baker Act Staffing (6/6/18)


Get Ready for FSFN Enhancements - Unified Home Study (6/4/18)




Florida Department of Children and Families FSFN Utilization Position Paper - Unified Home Study

Upcoming Events

QPI Live Webinar: Information Sharing-Caregivers and the Courts,
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Information Sharing-Caregivers and the Courts training is designed to explore the importance of the inclusion of caregivers in legal proceedings to support positive outcomes for children. Caregivers are a cornerstone of our child welfare system-their insight, perspective, and feedback is critical to the entire child welfare team’s ability to make informed decisions about children and families.


Click HERE to register.


Live Webinar: Introduction to The Center,
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


Are you familiar with The Center for Child Welfare? If you have anything to do with the Child Welfare System in Florida, then you should be! We are a one stop shop for training, resources and information for anyone working with or caring for children and families in Florida. We invite you to attend our informative live webinar where you can learn about our core functions and how we help the entire system of care. Find out what resources we have available in our extensive knowledge library and learn how you can view our online training to earn training hours.


Click HERE to register.


National Two Part Webinar Series: Supporting Sustained Permanency,
June 28, 2018; Part II: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)


CWLA will co-host with Casey Family Programs a two-part webinar on  sustained permanency for children who have been in foster care. While the number of children in foster care has decreased by nearly 25 percent since 2002, the percentage of children who have re-entered care has remained stable. In 2015, nearly 1 in 5 children in out-of-home care - nearly 80,000 children - had been in care before, some more than once. Families that are stable and nurturing can bolster youth resilience and lessen negative long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences - but these protective factors are not available when parents are not supported to provide consistent and continuous nurturing care for their children.


This webinar will share constituents' perspectives and jurisdictional approaches on sustaining permanency, information on re-entry rates, funding opportunities, and practical recommendations to support sustained permanency.


Register Part 2



The Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2018,
Thursday, July 12 2018, 10:00am - 5:00pm (Eastern)


The Capacity Building Center for States, a service of the Children’s Bureau, invites you to participate in this year’s Child Welfare Virtual Expo that aims to develop agency capacity and programs that foster healthy work environments for child welfare professionals.


Click HERE for details and to register for this free event.


The Florida Coalition for Children 2018 Annual Conference,
July 23 - 25, 2018, Boca Raton, FL


The conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to over 24 continuing education units.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.




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