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This Week


Courtney Smith, MSW, DCF Permanency and Well Being Manager

Phyllis Stephens, Kinship Caregiver and National Advocate

Tracy Schiro, QPI Advocate

David Brown, MSW, QPI Advocate

Description: 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.

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Presented by: Atarri Hall, Florida Department of Children and Families

Colleen LaCosta, FAST Coordinator Florida FAPA

Facilitator: Carol Edwards, Quality Parenting Initiative Consultant

Description: The Florida Department of Children and Families Partnership Plan provides that we are all responsible for the wellbeing of children and recognizes that we must undertake this responsibility together in a respectful partnership, as none of us can succeed by ourselves. However, working in partnership during times of crisis, particularly during an investigation of a caregiver, can become very difficult. In the spirit of the partnership plan, stakeholders worked together with the Florida Department of Children and Families to develop a new approach to handling investigations of caregivers. The overarching goal of a new approach is to ensure investigations are conducted in a manner that strengthens families to support the children that are placed in their care, and to avoid children experiencing unnecessary trauma. This process requires our agency to look within our own system of care at the responsiveness of the agency to meet the needs of the child and the caregiver.

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.

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This webinar is hosted by HDRQ

Awareness of our own cultural identities and experiences is the first step to becoming more effective cross-culturally. The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory™ workshop is a powerful experience and diversity training tool that helps participants identify their personal areas of cross-cultural competency and provides examples of ways to improve them. Join expert Dr. Judith Meyers, as she teaches the four competencies that are critical to cross-cultural adaptability. Dr. Meyers will also examine how to use them as a springboard to self-awareness and cross-cultural success. This webinar is based on the HRDQ product, The Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory, a best-selling diversity training tool that was developed in direct response to needs expressed by cross-cultural trainers and teachers for a well-constructed and easily obtainable self-assessment training instrument on cross-cultural adaptability.

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SAVE THE DATE! Two days of training for $100!*

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

Adoptive Parent training (Saturday only) $50**

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

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