April 17, 2019

Celebrate Diversity Month


April is Celebrate Diversity Month, an opportunity for each of us to appreciate the perspectives, cultures, and lifestyles that we encounter every day. Why does diversity matter? Some studies have shown that child protection workers who share or understand a family’s culture may better understand that family’s needs. Additionally, child welfare agencies, like all organizations, benefit from a diverse workforce. At an organizational level, ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform other companies. Gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform companies with less gender diversity.


Understanding issues related to diversity and culturally competent child welfare practice is critical to working with children and families. It can enhance your ability to see things from new and different perspectives and to respond to each families unique needs.


Review the Center’s Cultural Competency and Diversity Publications

Recently Added Resources:



Go Live for FSFN Enhancements - Levels of Licensure (4/12/19)


CFOP 170-11, Chapter 12 - Foster Home Licensing (4/12/19)


FSFN Implementation: Levels of Licensure (4/9/19)


CFOP 170-10, Chapter 14 - Guardianship Assistance Program Eligibility -- Effective July 1, 2019 (4/9/19)




You can find all updates to Levels of Licensure under our Recent Updates tab, or CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Events

QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: GAP - What You Need to Know,

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 3:00 - 4:30 PM (Eastern)/ 2:00 - 3:30 PM (Central)


The roll out and implementation of the Level 1 licensing process and the Guardian Assistance Program (GAP) represents a significant shift in the caregiver structure within the Florida Child Welfare System. This webcast is intended to provide an overview of the Level 1 licensing process and GAP program for both child welfare staff and caregivers.


We will also have a kinship caregiver Phyllis Stevens from Philadelphia to provide her perspective on the unique challenges kinship caregivers face and how our system can work to ensure their needs in supporting our children are met.


We will also have former California Assistant County Child Welfare Director Tracy Schiro on the webcast to share her experience in leading a county transition into licensing kinship and fictive kin. We look forward to her insight into California’s lessons learned and successful practices. If you have any general questions you would like to ask, you can send your questions to dbrown@qpiylc.org.


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just In Time Live Webinar: Maintaining Respectful Partnerships in a Time of Crisis: Investigations, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 11:00 - 12:00 PM (Eastern)/ 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Central)


This webcast will explore the foundational principles of the new investigations approach and will further explore how this approach will strengthen partnerships and families. As a participant, you can expect to learn about the following: How does the new approach strengthen communication between caregivers and the agency they are working with? What tools and assessments are being used to support and strengthen families? What supports are available to caregivers during an investigations process?


We look forward to you joining us on this webcast as we continue to learn more about how we all are responsible for ensuring children receive quality parenting, even in challenging circumstances.


Click HERE for additional details and to register.


Annual Education Conference call for Workshop Proposals

Deadline May 1, 2019.


Florida FAPA is pleased to announce the 2019 Annual Education Conference call for Workshop Proposals. The Annual conference will host over 300 foster, adoptive, kinship caregivers and child welfare professionals June 21-23, 2019 at the beautiful Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront.


Selection Criteria:


Our theme is “SUPPORT/EDUCATE/ADVOCATE.” Celebrate Diversity Month

Some of the proposals that we are looking for emphasize trauma informed care, adoption process, human trafficking, understanding the court system, importance of GAL, early childhood courts, empowering youth, recruitment & retention of foster families, kinship/relative caregivers, post adoption support, birth parent/family connections, advocacy, self-care, attachment and other behavior interventions.




  • All workshops will be 90 minutes in length
  • All handouts are the responsibility of the presenter.
  • Presenters are responsible for providing their own laptop at the conference.
  • Must provide PDF(s) of presentation/content to FloridaFAPA (for foster parents use after the conference.)


*The following will be provided in each classroom: LCD projector, projection screen.


Click HERE for the submission form.


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


Click HERE to register.




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