January 23, 2019

Stalking Awareness Month


Stalking is the purposeful following, watching or harassment of another individual, and it typically occurs repeatedly and over an extended period of time. Stalking can occur both online and off and both men and women can be stalkers. Stalkers come in every ethnicity, social type, and financial demographic. Below are five of the most common stalking behaviors so that you can better spot it if you come across one.


Common staking behaviors include:

  • Repeated calls, text messages, e-mails, or posts via social media
  • Following the victim or showing up where they are (e.g., near home, work, school, or other places the victim might frequent)
  • Using technology to track, find out and/or disseminate personal information about the victim
  • Threatening to hurt the victim and/or people they care about


Stalking is against the law in every state, however, the crime of stalking is defined differently in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and on tribal and federal lands.


Stalking in Florida is defined here: The Stalking Resource Center (a program of The National Center for Victims of Crime).


Stalking Resources


Stalking Fact Sheet


Responding to Stalking: A Guide to Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Programs


Recently Added Resources:



2019 Foster Parent Cost of Living Allowance Increase (1/14/19)





Florida’s Path Forward: Post Title IV-E Waiver and Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Training Video

Upcoming Events

Statewide Training: Finding the Gold Within: Overcoming Adversity to Create A Happy Life, Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern),

4000 Gateway Centre Blvd. Suite 300 b Pinellas Park, Florida 33782


Adversity is common. We can’t stop bad things from happening but we can choose how we cope. This ability to bounce back when bad things happen is called resiliency. Successful people don’t let adversity define them but rather harness the strengths in the process of overcoming adversity to not only survive, but to thrive.


The science of resiliency has identified these qualities—self value, supportive relationships that buffer adversity, perseverance, problems solving and sense of purpose. This motivational presentation invites audience participation with music, video, and dress-up props to inspire participants to find their own “gold within.”


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.


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


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.

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