November 28, 2018

National Scholarship Month


Between 20,000 and 25,000 young adults age out of foster care each year. A college education is as important to them as it is to their peers who were not in foster care, and they are as likely as their peers to have college aspirations. However, there continues to be a wide gap in postsecondary educational attainment between youth in foster care and other young adults. Compared to their non-foster care peers, youth in foster care are less likely to enroll in college if they complete high school, and less likely to graduate from college if they enroll. Several factors, including both academic and non-academic challenges, may contribute to this gap in postsecondary educational attainment.


DCF established the Positive Pathways Program to enable foster care liaisons and youth advocates throughout Florida to support post-secondary students from foster care.  For training, networking opportunities and technical support, join the Florida Positive Pathways Program.


Scholarship and Educational Related Resources


Florida Student Scholarships & Grant Programs


Helping Youth Adults from Foster Care Succeed in College


The Center’s Educational Resources Page


Recently Added Resources:



CFOP 170-6 Chapter 1, Child Fatality Investigative - Response Effective December 1, 2018 (11/19/18)





November Child Welfare Key Indicators Monthly Report

Upcoming Events

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.


Sponsorship opportunity for the Sarasota YMCA/Safe Children Coalition's 9th Annual Conference.


The deadline for sponsorship registration and payment is December 3, 2018 in order to be included in the conference materials.


Many opportunities are available for sponsorship and each sponsorship level offers a variety of benefits and visibility. By sponsoring the 2019 annual conference you are providing training and networking opportunities to more than 250 child welfare professionals including: case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators, Child Protection Team staff, attorneys, court staff, DCF staff, relative and non-relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, Guardians ad Litem, law enforcement, and service providers. A limited number of booths are available for 2019.


Click HERE to access the Sponsorship Registration form and secure your exhibit space.


Live Webinar: Introduction to the Center,
Monday, December 17, 2018, 10am - 11:00 am (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.




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