Florida's Center for

CHILD WELFARE

Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

Welcome to your Circuit 13 Resource Page

This resource page is designed to promote collaboration and communication among all individuals within the Hillsborough County child welfare system of care. This includes ALL caregivers (Adoptive and Foster parents; Relatives and Non-Relatives), Child Welfare Professionals, and other individuals throughout Hillsborough County who are committed children in care.


Change the Seat!

As part of the larger Hillsborough County System of Care Action Committee, the Accountability for Outcomes Subcommittee has been working on the “Change the Seat�? initiative! This Subcommittee includes representatives from DCF, Eckerd, foster parents, and the Office of the Attorney General. Some foster parents indicated that they were not consistently given the opportunity to sit at the table with the parties in the courtroom or to address the court at hearings. Thus, the Subcommittee wanted to work with the judiciary to ensure that foster parents were heard in court. Foster parents can provide essential information to the court regarding child well-being including a child’s adjustment to placement, educational and behavioral issues, and parental visitation. The circuit court judges were very receptive and committed to allow foster parents to sit at the table with the other parties and to provide information to the court. The Subcommittee will be spreading the word of this initiative by asking members of the judiciary, attorneys, and case managers to wear buttons with the “Change the Seat�? logo. Foster parents have been encouraged to notify the court bailiffs of their presence at hearings so they can be seated at the parties’ table.




For additional information about the Change the Seat Initiative contact:
Nicole Lefever, Director of Licensing at Eckerd Kids.
nlefever@eckerd.org




IMPORTANT CONTACTS...

Jody Grutza, Executive Director
Eckerd Kids - Hillsborough
9393 North Florida Ave., Ste. #1100
Tampa, Florida 33612
Office: (813)225-1105

Jennifer Kuhn,
Regional Community Development
Director, DCF
9393 North Florida Ave.,
Tampa, Florida 33612
Office: (813) 337-5806
Click to view the Circuit 13 Child Welfare System of Care Map
Click to view the Eckerd Chain of Command Reference Sheet for Foster Parents

COMMUNITY CALENDARS...
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Foster/Adoptive Parent
Orientation & ECA Meetings

 

Parenting and Child Welfare
Webinars and Training Events


LOCAL RESOURCES...

Adoption

General Resources for Adoptive Parents Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay Sylvia Thomas Center - Adoption Support Services

Caregiver Behavioral Supports

Caring for Children from Hard Places
Family Strengthening Education and Post-Placement Support Services for foster, adoptive, relative, and non-relative caregivers. Provided through Finally Home Christian Adoption Services
Family Stabilization and Preservation Services (Camelot Community Care)
Provides Master’s level therapists who can respond to a crisis situation within 4, 24 or 72 hours of a call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sylvia Thomas Center
Offers information, advocacy, referrals and general family support while their Adoptive Excellence program offers parenting training, professional workshops and adoption certification training.

Education (Circuit 13 Educational Success Committee)

Education Resources and Information for Children

Foster Parenting

Become a Foster Parent Eckerd Chain of Command Reference Sheet Foster Parent Newsletter (March, 2015) Hillsborough County Family Partnership Alliance Keys to Independence