July 25, 2018

Florida Kids Count


Did you know that 1 in 5 children in Florida live in poverty? The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, which provides a detailed picture of how children are doing in the United States, ranking states on overall child well-being. The Data Book also contains key indicators covering economic well-being, education, health and family and community. This year Florida ranked 34 out of the 50 states in child well-being.


The newest data reflects modest improvement statewide for children getting out of poverty and for students graduating on time. However, 74 percent of Florida fourth graders are not proficient in English, and 78 percent of eighth graders need help with math.


More information about the Data book can be found at the resources below:


2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book


Additional details about Florida’s ranking


How does your county rank? Florida County by County Child Well-Being Index





Beginning in Summer 2018, Community Based Care of Central Florida partnered with CareerSource Central Florida to pilot a summer internship program designed to match local teens in foster care with employers willing to provide an educational introduction to career options and hands-on career training through an apprenticeship model. The primary focus of this summer program was to open a path for teens in foster care to expand their knowledge and experience in skilled trades, while subsequently addressing the very real need to attract a new generation of workers to the trade industries.


Prior to beginning the program, employers participated in a half-day training program designed to provide an overview of trauma-informed care and insight into what to expect when working with young people who have experienced childhood abuse and neglect. CLICK HERE to view the video and share with others who may interested in working with youth in foster care.




Research has shown that children in the foster care system who have a GAL volunteer do better in school, receive more services while in foster care, and often move through the system and find a permanent home more quickly. The State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is a network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive systemic change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children. There are 21 local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits in Florida.


Find out how you can become involved or encourage others to be a voice for a child. Share the Florida GAL program info: http://guardianadlitem.org/




DCF Annual Progress and Services Report (Jun 2018) Pending Federal Approval


Upcoming Events

Live Webinar: Incarcerated Parents,
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide information on demographics, permanency, engagement and well-being as associated with families dealing with incarceration. Professionals will be provided with information and ideas to offer an opportunity for professionals to decide what’s best regarding specific cases.


The training will discuss the questions of whether it is beneficial for children to visit their incarcerated parents as well as how to implement the updated case planning policy, ways to locate incarcerated parents and visitation.


Additionally, answers will be provided to the questions shared during previous online discussion groups.


Click HERE for more information and to register.


Registration is open for the 2018 DCF Child Protection Summit,
September 5-7, 2018, JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando


The Florida Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2018 Child Protection Summit. The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, and the department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.


Click HERE for registration, fees, workshops, and more.


Families First Child Welfare Symposium,
September 13-14, 2018, St. Petersburg Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33716


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.




Click HERE to view our Events Calendar for more upcoming events.


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