June 27, 2018

Summer Safety


June 21st marked the first day of summer. With the right tools and preparation, summertime can be a relaxing and safe time for children and families. Be sure to be safe on the 4th of July and leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy the upcoming holiday and look for our next newsletter on July 11th.


Summer Safety Tips


  • Whenever your child is outside, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 to 30. Choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids even if they are not thirsty. Water is best.
  • Never leave children alone in or near the water, even for a minute. Watch children with care in and around water. Have adults take turns being “child watchers” at family events.
  • Young children need to wear life jackets when playing in or near water and while on docks. Children, teens and adults should wear life jackets for boating and while swimming in lakes, rivers or the ocean.
  • Watch children while they play at the playground and keep them away from the front and back of swings while in use.
  • Check play equipment for exposed bolt heads, sharp edges and places where fingers can get pinched. Cover these with rubber.
  • Avoid heatstroke by never leaving a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a minute


Summer Safety Resources


DCF Summer Safety Tips


The Center Prevention & Safety Publications (including Summer and Water Safety)


Recently Added Resources:



2018-2019 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for TANF - Effective July 1, 2018 (6/26/18)


Revisions to CFOP 170-4, Child Maltreatment Index Substance Abuse Exposure - Effective July 1, 2018 (6/25/18)


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


NOTE: All updates to the Unified Home Study can be found under the Recent Updates tab, or click here to view.




Intimate Partner Violence, Children and Resiliency

Understanding the Trauma of Domestic Violence


Upcoming Events

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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