October 10, 2018

Bullying Prevention Month


Bullying is a community issue, affecting not only those who are bullied but also their families, their friends and bystanders. For children involved in the child welfare system, bullying and teasing may be not only a more prevalent, constant, and serious problem, but they may have fewer supports available to help them deal with these issues.


In an informal survey conducted by FosterClub of former foster youth, it was found that half the respondents reported being bullied because they were in foster care and foster youth who were victimized reported feeling afraid, angry, sad, or depressed, or a combination of these emotions (Child Welfare League of America).


What is Bullying?


  • Bullying is behavior that is meant to harm or disturb;
  • It occurs repeatedly; and
  • It occurs between individuals who do not have equal power.
  • Bullying can be physical (hitting, shoving), verbal (threats, teasing, insults) or psychological (shunning, spreading rumors)


Studies generally show that 15-25 percent of American youth are bullied with some frequency. This figure jumps to between 40-50 percent for Cyberbullying. Children and youth who are bullied are more likely than their peers to be depressed, lonely and anxious; have low self-esteem; feel unwell; and think about suicide.


Bullying Resources


Stomp Out Bullying (website)


Eyes on Bullying: What Can You Do?


Just in Time Webshow: Bullying


Visit our Parenting Resource Page with additional Bullying and Cyberbullying Resources


Recently Added Resources:



Human Trafficking and Dependency Training Video


The Impact of Florida's Efforts to Support Postsecondary Students from Foster Care Training Video




Take a moment to review the new resource page - Plan of Safe Care



The workshops we recorded at the 2018 Dependency Summit have been posted HERE

Upcoming Events

Live Webinar Hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kinship Care: What Child Welfare Professionals and Kin Caregivers Need to Know,

Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The webinar will help participants better understand kinship care and how it is differs from nonrelative foster care. It also will highlight resources and tools for kinship families and professionals

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current trends in kinship care
  • Articulate key differences between kin care and non-relative foster care
  • Access the ’Engaging Kinship Caregivers’ video training series, including a companion discussion guide, for child welfare professionals
  • Access ’The Unique Challenges of Kinship Care’ video training series, including a companion discussion guide, designed for kinship caregivers


Click HERE to register.


Live Webinar Hosted by The Center for Child Welfare: Introduction to the Center, Monday, October 29, 2018, 10:00 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.


Live Webinar: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) - Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting,
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by: Dr. Martie Gillen, Associate Professor -University of Florida, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences


This webinar will provide an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI® is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence. TBRI® consists of three sets of principles: connecting, empowering, and correcting. We will explore the risk factors that influence the way children think, trust, and connect with others. A discussion of how these risk factors can change children’s brain development and brain chemistry will be included. Attendees will receive strategies and tools to help children along the path to healthy connection and functioning.


Click HERE to register.




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