Florida's Center for Child Welfare at USF

Weekly Newsletter

Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF


November 30, 2016


November is National Scholarship Month

Tell Us How We’re Doing!

Help build awareness of the availability of scholarship opportunities to help all students get to and through college.

We have collected resources to help youth plan for After High School on our Education Resources Page.


·         Additional Educational Resources can be found by clicking below:

               Helping Young Adults From Foster Care Succeed in College (2016)

               Trends in Student Aid (2016)

               College for Every Student



The Center is continuously striving to better serve your needs. Reflecting on your personal experience using the Center’s Web Services, please respond to our monthly survey.


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Our Voices, Our Stories



Teirvondria’s Story


This week’s featured story, by Teirvondria, is the 7th in a series of 10 digital stories presented by Florida's Children First and Florida Youth SHINE. Teirvondria’s story is about her relationship with her biological mother and the important role she had in her life even when Teirvondria was in care. We hope that Teirvondria’s story educates you on the important role of biological parents in a child’s life.  Please click here to watch Teirvondria’s special message. Previous digital stories can be found here .




Upcoming Training Events and Conferences




Just In Time Webinar:  Child Sexual Abuse and the Foster Child: What Do I Do Now? Wednesday, December 7, 2-3:30pm Eastern, 1-2:30pm Central. The Quality Parenting Initiative invites you to join us for a Live Web Event presented by Kelly Plouffe, LMFT, CCTP Children’s Advocacy Center - Pasco Kids First. During this event, participants will learn how to distinguish between normal and concerning child sexual behaviors; learn about disclosure of child sexual abuse; recognize the dynamics of sexual offenders and manipulation and more. Click here for additional information and to register.


Group Care Quality Standards Assessment – Pilot Study Friday, December 9, 1-2:30pm Eastern, 12:30-1:30 Standard. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) invites you to attend this live web training event. The Group Care Quality Standards Assessment project is part of an ongoing initiative to enhance the quality of care provided in residential group homes licensed by the DCF. During this webinar, participants will receive an overview on the background and purpose of the Core Quality Standards for Group Care Initiative. Additionally, information will be shared on the development and piloting of the Group Care Quality Rating Scale. Click here for additional information and to register.


Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center-Winter Statewide Training: January 19-21, 2017, St. Petersburg, FL.  This training event features Pat O’Brien, MS, LMSW, LTMN. Pat O’Brien is the Founder and former Executive Director (for its first 18 years) of You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement, Inc. Attendees can choose from the Adoption or Independent Living Track and can receive up to 11.5 hours of CEU’s through approved CEU provider, Daniel Memorial. There is also an Adoptive Parent Track held Saturday.  Click here for additional information and to register.   



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