Events and Announcements

This Week

National Webinar: Evidence Basics: Helping to Make Sure Your Client’s Story Is Heard, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 3:30–4:30pm (Eastern)

This webinar is hosted by Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody. A court’s decision is only as good as the information it receives, but this information has to be presented correctly to be sure it’s considered. With the safety and well-being of your clients and their children at stake, getting the necessary facts before the court is crucial. Courts have rules about evidence so that judges will make decisions based on reliable information, not gossip and guesswork. Although the rules can be confusing, they are designed to protect the parties’ rights, and they should be used to help plan for your client’s court appearance. This webinar will introduce the nuts and bolts of evidence and allow you to support your client with a better understanding of what happens in court.

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JIT Webinar: Your Future, Your Finances, April 19,2017, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern) / 2:00 PM –3:30 PM (Central) /, more...

The Department of Financial Services’ Division of Consumer Services presents ‘Your Future, Your Finances,’ a workshop for teens and the people who care for them to discuss how spending, saving and credit will affect a young person’s future. Learn how to determine needs and wants; complete and follow a spending plan; discover how credit scores are affected by your payment habits; and find out how to use a free credit report to protect your identity. Download the worksheets to follow along with the presentation and create your own spending plan. Join us and find your path to a future of financial security.

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Conference: Child Abuse and Neglect 2017 Conference: A Training Program for Professionals in the Field, April 20-21, 2017, Palm Coast, FL

This program will focus on the medical aspects of child physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. It will provide an understanding of the mechanisms by which injuries are inflicted and the scientific basis for medical determinations as to whether abuse has or has not occurred.Those who would benefit from participation in the program include:

Social Workers
Law Enforcement Personnel
Guardian ad Litem

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Next Week

National Webinar: Trauma Beyond Words: Healing Beyond Language Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm (Eastern), 10:00am–11:30am (Central), 8:00–9:30am (Pacific)

This webinar is hosted by Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and explains the “beyond words” experience of initial fear responses and their evolution into long-term trauma reactions. The webinar will also explore how survivor services can be enhanced by normalizing trauma reactions and by incorporating activities that complement healing conversations.

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DCF Live Webinar: Update to the Use of Title IV-E Training Funds, May 3, 2017, 10:00am- 11:30am (Eastern) 9:00am – 10:20am (Central)

Presenters: MaryAnn White and Mark Mahoney

Audience: DCF Child Protective Investigations, Sherriff Child Protective Investigations, and Florida Abuse Hotline staff

This training will provide updates on the use of Title IV-E Training funds for Child Protective Investigation andFlorida Abuse Hotline staff.
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CA QPI Live Webinar: Assertion and Advocacy Live Webinar, May 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm (Pacific), 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Central) 1-2:30 pm (Eastern)

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

Assertive Communication is a valuable tool for parents to possess, not only in their personal relationships at home, but in the community. As the parent begins to feel more comfortable in asserting their needs and request, they also learn how to accept criticism, accepting they are human and make mistakes. With these skills also comes the ability to advocate for their child’s needs, in the school and with social welfare systems. This workshop will provide parents with the following:

Learning about the different styles of communication.
Skills to assert yourself and taking criticism.
Improving communication with others. Learning how to advocate for your child in school and with others.
How to plan for meetings and conversations about your child.

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Conference: Guardian Ad Litem Program 2017 Disabilities Training Conference: Making the Impossible Possible, May 4-5, 2017, Orlando, FL

Each year the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program holds a conference for child welfare attorneys, child welfare professionals, and judges who represent and work with dependent children with disabilities. This popular conference is known for its advanced material and workshops.The conference will:

*Advance attorney advocacy and courtroom skills to ensure the best outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.

*Promote understanding of the intricacies of government agency processes and how they must be coordinated to improve outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.

*Impart advanced advocacy strategies for dependent children with disabilities.

*Develop connections among participants and agencies to better determine appropriate resources for dependent children with disabilities.

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Conference: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center Spring Statewide Training, May 3-5, 2017, Daytona Beach, FL

Mark your calendars for two days of training for $100!
Group Discounts Available for qualified agencies!
Call for more information

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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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Conference: National Foster Care Conference: "Footsteps to the Future, May 3-5, 2017, Daytona Beach, FL

The Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.

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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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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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