September 12, 2018

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month


While suicide is a leading cause of death for youth (CDC), it is often preventable. Preventing suicidal behavior in youth involves a diverse range of interventions including effective treatment of those with mental illness and substance abuse, early detection of and support for youth in crisis, promotion of mental health, training in life skills, and reduction of access to the means of suicide. Many youth in foster care experience trauma and risk factors such as mental illness, substance abuse, and family discord. They are more likely than other youth to think about, attempt, and die by suicide, so it is important to learn about prevention.


Take5toSaveLives is an internationally recognized campaign that engages us, the public, by providing five easy action-oriented steps surrounding suicide prevention. The campaign asks supporters to take 5 simple action steps:


  • Learn the signs
  • Do your part
  • Practice self-care
  • Reach out, and
  • Spread the word 


Help is available. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, in crisis, or having thoughts of suicide, reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or the Crisis Text Line at 741741.


Suicide Prevention Resources


Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Foster Care Providers: Helping Youth at Risk for Suicide


Click here to review our Mental Health Resources - including a section on Suicide





Congratulations to our Summit

Raffle winners!


DeAnna L.

Foster Parent with Families First Network

Gelisa M.

Case Manager with Community Partnership for Children

Jonathan F.

Adoption Supervisor with Gulf Coast Community Care

Margaret C.

Abuse Hotline Counselor with DCF

Andrea F.

Child Protective Investigator with DCF



Newly Posted Videos:


Transition Planning for Youth


Incarcerated Parents


We are working hard to finish production of the 20 workshops we recorded at the Dependency Summit in Orlando. All completed videos will be posted HERE as they are available.

Upcoming Events

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.


National Webinar: Sixteenth International Conference on, Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma,
September 16, 17, 18, 2018 - Orlando, Florida


The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is proud to announce the Sixteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma. This world-renowned event will be held on September 16, 17, and 18, 2018 in the exciting city of Orlando, Florida at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.


Make sure you block your calendar so you can join leading experts as they discuss the latest scientific research, medical practices, investigative and legal techniques, prevention efforts and family resources.


Click HERE to register.


CLS Training Team & DCF Live Webinar: Human Trafficking and Dependency,
Friday, September 21, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern), 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Central)


Human Trafficking and Dependency…Do you really know what it means? Do you know what to look for? Do you know what resources are available? Do you know what the law requires of child welfare professionals? This webinar will provide an overview of human trafficking, its impact on children in our dependency system and our role in the process.


Click HERE to register.




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