March 20, 2019

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month


National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to educate others on the spectrum of abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess.


Developmental disabilities begin anytime during the developmental period and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Most developmental disabilities begin before a baby is born, but some can happen after birth because of injury, infection, or other factors.


Most developmental disabilities are thought to be caused by a complex mix of factors. These factors include genetics; parental health and behaviors (such as smoking and drinking) during pregnancy; complications during birth; infections the mother might have during pregnancy or the baby might have very early in life; and exposure of the mother or child to high levels of environmental toxins, such as lead. For some developmental disabilities, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, which is caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy, we know the cause. But for most, we don’t.


Developmental disabilities occur among all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Recent estimates in the United States show that about one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3 through 17 years have a one or more developmental disabilities, such as:

  • ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hearing Loss
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Vision Impairment

Please review some of our Developmental Disabilities resources listed below:


The Center’s Child Development Resources


The Center for Disease Control Developmental Disabilities Information

Recently Added Resources:



The Partnership Plan & Quality Parenting: Values that Support Excellent Parenting and Help Children Thrive Training Video


Upcoming Events

QPI/Just in Time Live Webinar: Developing Respectful Partnerships through Customer Service,
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presenter: Kim Daugherty, Chief Operations Officer, Heartland for Children


Facilitator: Jamie Averett, Youth Law Center, QPI Consultant


Description: Walt Disney World, Publix, and The Ritz-Carlton are examples of a few companies that have embraced customer service models and have established excellent customer service reputations. While the function of child welfare is much different from retail and service sectors, there is much to learn from these customer service leaders on how to engage customers and establish a reputation of excellence. Excellent customer service does not happen by accident. It is created through a purposeful, systematic approach of organizational leadership, relationship building, and process refinement. Excellent customer service has the potential to positively impact the well-being and outcomes for children removed from their homes.


Click HERE to register.


Attention Trainers! DCF Live Web Event: CFOP 170-8: Plan of Safe Care for Infants Affected by Prenatal Substance Use,
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


Presenter: Michele Unger, TCCP Learning and Development Facilitator


The purpose of this training is to educate Pre-Service training professionals of the requirements set forth by CFOP 170-8: Plan of Safe Care for Infants Affected by Prenatal Substance Use. Within the presentation of CFOP 170-8, the TCCP Training Specialist will introduce and review key points as set forth within the operating procedure and relate these elements with the applicable Pre-Service CORE Modules.


This webinar is intended for eligible Pre-Service Trainers.


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QPI/Just in Time Live Webinar: ICPC 101 for Case Managers
Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by:

Shawna Barnes, Deputy Compact Administrator, ICPC, Nevada Division of Children and Family Services


Mical Peterson, Deputy Compact Administrator, ICPC, Minnesota Department of Human Services


Karen Washington, Compact Administrator, ICPC, Louisiana, Department of Children and Family Services

The Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) can pose many challenges to child welfare case managers. This webcast is designed to help case management have a better understanding of the ICPC, and to answer many common questions case managers have about the ICPC.


What does ICPC mean? What does it actually do? How does the process work? What regulations are important to know? What are my responsibilities as a case manager? How can I ensure the ICPC process is most efficient?


Please join our national experts as we explore the basics of ICPC for case managers and learn how to ensure the ICPC process is most efficient to ensure permanency for children. If you have any general questions you would like to ask, you can send your questions to javerett@qpiylc.org.


Please note that specific questions related to a particular situation will not be appropriate for this forum, and only general questions will be responded to.


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Statewide Training: Starting Over: An Intensive Family Intervention Workshop for Defiant and Out of Control Children, April 6-7, 2019,
Temple B'nai Israel-Reform, 1685 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33764


Don't miss out on this Informative and Interactive Training with Dr. Ronald Federici, a Nationally Acclaimed Developmental Neuropsychologist.


Do you have a child who has not been able to respond effectively and family dynamics that remain unchanged? After a successful training in our community last year, and watching many families find a path for success where they had been unable to before.


The Adoption Advocacy Center is excited to help Dr. Federici reach even more families and professionals. This workshop will be hands on and interactive and well as incredible amounts of resources and information.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: Financial Safety: Protecting Youth from Frauds and Scams, Monday, April 15th, 2:00 p.m. - 3.p.m.


Presented by: Jessica Lorenzi Lead Communications Specialist Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services & Denishia Sword Chief of Education, Advocacy and Research Division of Consumer Services Florida Department of Financial Services.


An overview of common financial frauds and scams that youth fall victim to, red flags and tips on how to avoid these scams.
A Q&A session will follow the presentation.


Click HERE to register.


Statewide Training: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Centers Spring Training,
May 16-17, 2019, St. Petersburg, FL 33764


The Adoption Professionals track & Independent Living Professionals track will run concurrently over the dates of May 16th & 17th (a detailed agenda will be forthcoming).


The Adoption Track will cover topics related to:

  • Extended Maintenance Adoption Subsidy
  • Guardianship Assistance Program
  • Adoption Reports


The IL Track will cover topics related to:

  • Transition Planning
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Life Skills


Educational Opportunity for Adoptive Parents on Saturday, May 18, 2019


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