April 24, 2019

Water Safety


As the weather warms up and families converge on aquatic centers, pools, splash pads, water parks and open bodies of water please be reminded of safe water practices.


Drowning, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-14 years, and the fifth leading cause of death for people of all ages. So water safety should be a concern no matter where you and your family swim and play..


Water Safety Tips for Families


  • Insist on adult supervision - Swim in areas with lifeguards and always provide close and constant attention to children you are supervising in or near water.
  • Wear a life jacket - Even if you or your child knows how to swim, children, teens and adults should always wear a life jacket on the open water.
  • Learn swimming and water survival skills - If you don’t know how to swim well, find someone to teach you. Learn to float and to tread water for at least 10 minutes.
  • Know the weather and water conditions - Always enter shallow and unknown water feet first.
  • Know what to do in an emergency - Learn first aid and CPR and bring a cell phone with you or know where to find the nearest phone.


Water Safety Resources


The Center’s Prevention Publications - including Water Safety


Pool & Water Safety Training Video


Recently Added Resources:



CFOP 170-11, Chapter 16 - Levels of Licensure with Attachments (4/18/19)


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





ICPC 101 for Case Managers Training Video


Financial Safety: Protecting Youth From Frauds and Scams Training Video

Upcoming Events

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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