June 20, 2018

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month


Former foster children are almost twice as likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as U.S. war veterans, according to a study released by the Harvard Medical School, the University of Michigan and Casey Family Programs. According to the study, one in four former foster youth had experienced PTSD in the previous 12 months and more than half had experienced at least one mental health problem such as depression, social phobia, or panic syndrome. For many children, PTSD symptoms go away on their own after a few months. Yet some children show symptoms for years if they do not get treatment. Please review our Trauma resources below for additional information about PTSD.


June is also Professional Wellness Month: a time to to highlight the importance of well-being in the work place. This is a great opportunity for child welfare professionals to take care of their own emotional and professional needs. Everyone familiar with child welfare understands that exposure to trauma is an inherent part of working with maltreated children. Yet sometimes - as a system and as individuals - we choose to overlook this fact.



Trauma Resources:


National Institute of Mental Health: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


The Center’s Trauma Informed Care Publications


Trauma-Informed Practice with Young People in Foster Care


Worker and Organizational Wellness


Recently Added Resources:



Go Live for FSFN Enhancements - Unified Home Study (6/14/18)




A Relentless Pursuit Towards Permanency: Tools and Skills to Help Children Achieve Permanency


Silent Suffering: Responding to Self-Harm


When a Child Takes It Back: It Takes a Team - Successfully Prosecuting a Case with a Recanting Victim


Guardianship Assistance Program

Upcoming Events

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.


Live Webinar: “A Discussion on Incarcerated Parents”,
Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 2 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide information on demographics, traumatic impact, permanency, engagement and well-being associated with children and families of the incarcerated. Additionally, the question of whether it is beneficial for children to visit their incarcerated parent or not continues to be a topic of debate and the goal of this webinar is to share information and ideas to offer an opportunity for individuals to decide what’s best for their specific cases.


Participants will engage in collaborative activities promoting creative thinking to allow for an interactive training. The expectation is that everyone will share case related issues/concerns (excluding specific identifying details).


Note: As a result of the level of participation requested space will be limited; so don’t miss out, please register as soon as you can.


Click HERE to register.




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