January 16, 2019

January is National Mentoring Month


It’s no surprise that research consistently proves the positive, long-term benefits of mentoring. Particularly for youth, a healthy mentoring relationship can be critical to achieving both academic and personal goals. Studies point to increases in confidence and performance as well as decreases in risky behavior in children who are mentored.


  • Girls with a mentor are two and half times more likely to be confident in their academic performance. Boys with a mentor are three times less likely to suffer peer pressure and anxiety, and two times less likely to develop negative behaviors.

  • A mentor increases a student’s likelihood of attending college by 50 percent.

  • Mentoring reduces depression symptoms and increases social acceptance, academic attitudes and grades.


Source: Mentor: The National Mentoring Partnership


For many youth in foster care, the transition from dependence to independence can be hard. Because they may experience frequent transitions and instability, foster children can benefit tremendously from the attention of mature, caring adults who serve as mentors. We encourage you to support mentoring community engagement efforts.


Click here for lead agency contacts if you would like to mentor or support a child in care.


Mentoring Resources




Mentoring Youth in Foster Care


Recently Added Resources:



CFOP 170-11, Placement, Chapter 6 - Normalcy


CFOP 170-10, Chapter 8 - Relative/Kinship Caregiver Support Effective: January 15, 2019


Revisions to CFOP 170-5, Chapter 12, Mental Health Consultations Effective January 15, 2019



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.


Live Webinar: Plans of Safe Care,
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern), 9:00 am - 10:00 a.m. (Central)


The Plan of Safe Care webinar will address DCF Operating Procedure 17-8 and how Florida has addressed recent federal legislation. To address the nation’s prescription drug and opioid epidemic Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA). Section 503 of the act adds provisions to the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) related to infants who are affected by prenatal substance exposure. As a result of this federal legislation Florida has enacted policies and procedures to address the complex needs of substance affected infants and their families


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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.


The DCF 2019 Child Protection Summit is now taking workshop proposals.


Potential presenters are invited to submit workshop proposals that align with Florida's Child Welfare Practice Model. Workshops will be selected based on proposals that address the training needs of Summit attendees and help create a well-rounded choice of workshops to be offered. All workshops are 75 minutes.

Click here for additional info and to submit a proposal:


Click HERE for additional details and to register.





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