February 13, 2019

Foster Parent Appreciation Week


Each year in Florida, the second week in February is designated as Foster Family Appreciation Week. It’s where we celebrate the love, protection, and care foster families provide to children who often have no other place to turn. Established by the Florida Legislature, the proclamation seeks for authorities and agencies from the Department of Children and Families to local governments and other offices to celebrate the contributions of foster families - and raise awareness that may encourage others to get involved.


Foster parents provide a safe, loving environment for vulnerable children. With their love and support, the children in their care quickly adapt and often thrive. Put simply, foster parents help to make a real difference to vulnerable children in our community.


To learn more about becoming a foster parent in Florida Click Here.


Foster parenting isn’t for everyone, but everyone can do something to help children in need.


Here are some examples of how you might be able to support foster parents:


  • Free haircuts, dental care, clothing or transportation.
  • Free services based on your business: construction, home furnishings, family dinners at restaurants, mechanic services.
  • Scholarships or free lessons for summer camp, sports teams, dance, art or music.


You can help children and their families by:


  • Providing school supplies (books, pencils, book bags, paper)
  • Providing jobs for older youth
  • Mentoring a child


You or your organization can contribute money or donate goods:


  • For scholarships, summer camps, field trips or music lessons
  • For holidays, birthdays and graduations
  • Other items such as car seats, high chairs, toys, luggage or clothes


You can support agencies and the court system by:


  • Recruiting foster/adoptive parents in your community
  • Hosting social events for foster/adoptive parents (picnics, parties, bowling, etc.)


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Upcoming Events

Live Just in Time Webinar: ICPC 101 for Caregivers,
Friday, February 15, 2019, 1:30-3pm (Eastern)/ 12:30-2pm (Central)/ 10:30-12pm (PST)


The Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) is a challenge for many who navigate the child welfare system, including caregivers. This webcast is designed to help caregivers, both current caregivers and prospective caregivers, have a better understanding of the ICPC, and to answer many common questions caregivers have about the ICPC.-- What does ICPC mean? What does it actually do? How does the process work? How do you best help the process be most efficient?—Please join our national experts as we explore the basics of ICPC for caregivers and learn how to avoid the most common pitfalls and problems experienced by caregivers when navigating the ICPC.


Click HERE for additional details and to register for this event.


PBS Movie Screening: Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, Friday, February 15, 2019, 9pm (Eastern) / 8pm (Central)


Resilience - The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope uses beautiful animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. The film follows pioneering individuals who looked at the ACEs research and the emerging science of Toxic Stress and asked, Why are we waiting? Each took this new information and used it in new ways.


Click here to learn more about the film.


Click here for the printable/shareable Save the Date Flyer


The Sarasota YMCA / Safe Children Coalition is pleased to announce their Annual Conference


It will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Blvd of the Arts, Sarasota FL 34236. This year they are pleased to offer multiple sessions to choose from for each session time.


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 details and to submit a proposal.





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