November 7, 2018

National Adoption Awareness Month


Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children in the foster care system. At any given time there are as many as 800 children available for adoption in Florida, and there is a particular need for adoptive homes for teens, sibling groups, and special needs children.


Explore Adoption in Florida


Florida Adoption Month Proclamation


Children Available for Adoption (Heart Gallery Links)


Additional Adoption Resources are available on the Center for Child Welfare’s website:


Adoptive Parent Resources


Adoption Publications


Recently Added Resources:



CFOP 170-1, Ch 14, Completing a Diligent Search for Parents or Diligent Efforts to Locate Relatives - Effective 11/1/18




Background Screening for Residential Group Care Providers Training Video

Upcoming Events

Call for Presenters: For the Sarasota YMCA/Safe Children Coalition's 9th Annual Conference. Proposals due November 15th.


This annual conference anticipates 250 child welfare professionals and community partners including attorneys, child advocates, Child Protection Team, relative, foster & adoptive caregivers, Guardians ad Litem, law enforcement, service providers, DCF staff, case managers and child protective investigators. We are seeking knowledgeable, dynamic speakers to present topics that will enhance attendees understanding and knowledge in an array of areas related to child welfare.


Click HERE for additional details.


National Webinar: Technology and CSEC: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar is hosted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and this module will look at the ways technology is used by traffickers and buyers to facilitate child sex trafficking. Emphasis will be placed on recruitment and purchasing strategies and how child sexual exploitation material.


Click HERE for additional information and to register.


National Webinar: Synthetic Marijuana:" What Is It, Why Is It Dangerous, and How Can We Prevent Youth from Using It?,
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Synthetic cannabinoids, misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.


In this webinar, Krista Osterthaler of the American Association of Poison Control Centers will provide an overview of synthetic cannabinoids and the scope of the problem among youth. Dr. Seth Ammerman of Stanford University will share his experience in working with patients who use “synthetic marijuana” and discuss his approach as part of general screening for substance use.


Click HERE for more information and to register.


Live Webinar hosted by The Center: Creating Boundaries,
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (Eastern)


This webinar will provide an informative overview of the topic, Boundaries! Creating boundaries keeps us emotionally safe from toxic people.


The training will be interactive; using visual aids and chat discussions to assist with teaching how to identify healthy connections with family and friends as well as the purpose of modeling how to maintain them. Setting clear boundaries has been identified as a necessary skill in all areas, yet specifically in child welfare as a result of the unique responsibility to interact with diverse populations and professions.


Those in attendance will be provided with tips and techniques to engage in mutually beneficial relationships and eliminate the guilt associated with disconnecting from unhealthy and dysfunctional people despite their roles.


Click HERE to register.




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