Events and Announcements

This Week

DCF Live Webinar: Group Care Quality Standards Assessment: Field Test Orientation, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 1:00pm- 2:00pm (Eastern), 12:00pm – 1:00pm Central

This project is part of an on-going initiative to enhance the quality of care provided in Florida’s residential group homes licensed by the Department of Children and Families. The Group Care Quality Standards workgroup created the Core Quality Standards for Residential Group Homes to ensure children receive highquality, needed services that surpass the minimum thresholds currently assessed through licensing. The Group Care Quality Assessment was designed to measure group homes’ performance on the Core Quality Standards and to facilitate quality improvements in programs and services. In this webinar, participants will receive a summary of the work conducted during the pilot study of the Group Care Quality Assessment that was completed in January 2017. Information will also be shared on the subsequent field test that is currently in progress.

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Training: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): It’s Impact on Families, Communities and the Professionals That Work With It, May 24-25, 2017, St. Leo University--Register by Friday May 19, 2017

Sponsored by ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Teams (SBCT) In collaboration with
The Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based
Infant-Toddler Court Teams
Featuring Dr. Larry Burd

Day one is for those working directly with families in a variety of systems & learn how to achieve better outcomes.

Day two is a general information session on the Effects of Fetal Alcohol Use. This will be interactive for our community to begin to work together to better ID and assist those with FASD.

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National Webinar: Employee Engagement: Using Your Vision, Value and Voice, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is hosted by HRDQ-U and describes the “Connection Culture” that every organization needs to boost employee engagement and produce sustained high performance. Participants will learn:

Beyond Maslow: six human needs to thrive at work
Three types of relational cultures in organizations
How different cultures affect health, happiness and productivity
The three core elements of a “Connection Culture”
Best practice language, attitudes and behaviors that connect

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National Webinar: Using Logical Consequences for Your Children, Friday, May 26, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern), 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Central), 10:00 am – 11:30 pm (Pacific)

Presentation by: Dan Thorne, LMFT, Founder of PRAXES
Facilitated by: Shay O’Brien

Parents want to provide guidance, love, and structure for their children. Logical consequences helps you develop a positive relationship with your child, which reduces the anger and frustration parents face when trying to change their child’s behavior. The skills you will learn in this video will help you become your own “Behavioral Specialist” with your child. This workshop will provide parents with the following:

· How your family’s parenting style affects you
· The use of consequences and reinforcements
· Importance of modeling behavior
· Learn ways to reinforce behavior

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Next Week

DCF Webinar: "Results Oriented Accountability - Child Welfare Dashboards Overview and Training", Tuesday, May 30, 11-noon (eastern)/10-11 am(central)

During this webinar, the Office of Child Welfare will provide an overview of the Results Oriented Accountability (ROA) background information and future vision for the Child Welfare dashboards. Through ROA, the Department of Children and Families aims to improve access to good quality data, build analytical capacity of staff to use data, take action to improve outcomes, and continue to develop a results-oriented culture of shared accountability, transparency and collaboration with a focus on research and evidence-based interventions. These child welfare dashboards marks the first of a series of releases. This session will walk-through all Child Welfare Dashboards and explain basic functionality on how to read and interact with the visualizations plus also describe how to download the underlying data. All stakeholders of the child welfare system in Florida are invited to attend and learn about the new interactive dashboards that will help all ‘see and understand their data.’

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Conference: 2017 FSFAPA Annual Education Conference: Our Journey, Your Dreams, June 16-18, 2017, Orlando, FL

The 21st Annual Education conference returns to Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Watch this page for more information.

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National Webinar: Serving Those Most at Risk: Embracing The Challenge of Serving Trans Youth, Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is hosted by Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center. Changes in the visibility of trans and gender diverse people in the last 3-5 years have dramatically changed the landscape for our community from a tiny minority to a visible stakeholder group globally. As leaders in service to at-risk youth, Children's Advocacy Centers have unique opportunities to be at the vanguard of supporting these youth and their families, and in doing so, may create safer, more nurturing communities for all youth. This webinar explores trans and gender diverse identities in youth, challenges, barriers, and risks trans youth face, and approaches to best practice in enhancing service to this population.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe three barriers trans youth face.
Participants will be able to indicate two factors affecting increased risk of victimization in trans youth.
Participants will be able to identify three steps agencies can take to improve service to trans youth.

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National Conference: The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Conference--Families Matter: Exploring Solutions in Adoption and Foster Care, July 20-22, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia

If you have been touched by adoption or foster care, you will want to attend this conference!

This four-day educational event covers a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics—to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, and people who were adopted or in foster care.
We offer close to 90 sessions in topics such as:

Supporting and preserving adoptive families
Core issues in adoption
Effective therapeutic techniques in adoption
Kinship care and birth family connections
Parenting children with disabilities and challenges
Older children and youth
Race, culture, and diversity in adoption and foster care
Supporting children and families in adoption and foster care
Recruiting families for children

The sessions inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption and foster care community!

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Conference: Florida Coalition of Children (FCC) 2017 Annual Conference, July 24-26, 2007, Boca Raton, FL

This year's conference will provide various networking opportunities including more than 20 presentations, featuring national speakers that will ignite dynamic conversations, and provide innovative and inspiring ideas that will energize our community organizations and improve our system of care.

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