January 9, 2019

Human Trafficking Awareness


During the month of January, advocates, organizations, and individuals unite to raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking. Federal law categorizes severe forms of trafficking in persons into either labor trafficking or sex trafficking.


According to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, sex trafficking involves all children under the age of 18 who are induced to engage in commercial sex. Labor trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion in order to subject that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.


Children in foster care are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. A 2013 report cited that 50 to more than 90 percent of children who were victims of child sex trafficking had been involved with child welfare services (HHS, ACF, 2013). Traffickers often exploit the fact that children in foster care—or those who have run away from care—may not have their familial, emotional, or basic needs met. The traffickers promise to meet those needs, often using psychological manipulation and financial incentives to attract them.


Human Trafficking Resources


Human Trafficking Hotline


Social Services Indicator Card

(to help identify possible child victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation)


The Center’s Human Trafficking Resources

(including policy and procedures on how to report)


Recently Added Resources:



Get Ready for FSFN Enhancements - Title IV-E Extended Foster Care and Extension of the Maintenance Adoption Subsidy (12/28/2018)




December 2018- Child Welfare Key Indicators Monthly Report


2018 Adoption Incentive Annual Report


Independent Living Services Advisory Council 2018 Annual Report


Department of Children and Families Response to the Independent Living Services Advisory Council 2018 Annual Report

Upcoming Events

Live Webinar: Florida’s Path Forward: Post Title IV-E Waiver and Family First Prevention Services Act,
Thursday, January 17, 2019, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Change is on the horizon for Florida’s child welfare system of care. Do you know what these changes are and how the changes will impact you? Since 2006, Florida has operated under a Title IV-E waiver that allowed flexibility in the funding of child welfare services. This waiver will expire on September 30, 2019 and Florida will return to operating under the traditional Title IV-E provisions. Additionally, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into federal law by President Trump on February 9, 2018. Several provisions of FFPSA will require substantial changes to the Department’s current child welfare practices. This webinar will provide participants with a basic understanding of Florida’s Path Forward, which includes strategic initiatives to address the expiration of the Title IV-E waiver and preliminary implementation of FFPSA.


Click HERE for additional details and to register.


Child Welfare Training Institutes:
Multiple training events offered statewide, January and February, 2019


FREE Training Event... Presented by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), the Training Institutes will discuss the discuss the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare, the effects of domestic violence on children, and the trend toward a more collaborative, community-wide response to domestic violence. Presenters will discuss ways to enhance collaboration between certified domestic violence centers and child welfare agencies to enhance child safety and to build the capacity of child welfare and partnering agencies around the dynamics of domestic violence. This training will consist of three different tracks: Child Welfare Supervisor Session, Child Welfare Frontline Staff Session, and a Foster Parent and Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Session. This training is mandatory for CPI Project Advocates.


The training will be offered in multiple locations. Click HERE for additional details and to register.




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