Florida's Center for Child Welfare at USF

Weekly Newsletter

Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF


November 10, 2016


November is National Runaway Prevention Month

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away each year. Together, that’s equal to the population of the fifth largest city in the United States. Young people who have been in foster care are three to 10 times more likely than their peers to experience homelessness.


Did you know that one out of every six runaways reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was likely a victim of sex trafficking? Traffickers constantly seek out opportunities to engage with and exploit vulnerable youth, and runaways are particularly vulnerable.


v  Recently Added Missing Children & Human Trafficking Resources:

A Child is Missing: Finding Support for Families of Missing Children

Missing Child, Emergency Response Quick Reference Guide for Families

Missing Children, State Care and Child Sex Trafficking

Child Sex Trafficking in America: A Guide for Child Welfare

v  Other related Missing Children Resources Can be found HERE


Tell Us How We’re Doing!


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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November’s Survey.


Our Voices, Our Stories



v  Danielle’s Story

Florida's Children First and Florida Youth SHINE are so excited to share Danielle McMahan’s digital story this week. Danielle’s story is about the reaction of a foster parent Danielle ran away or acted out, and how that positively impacted her life. We hope that Danielle’s story helps show the importance of caregivers of children in care to have patience and be nurturing and supportive of a child when they need support the most. Please click here to watch her story and see a special message from Danielle.




Upcoming Training Events and Conferences




National Webinar:  Risks for Abuse in Children with Developmental Disabilities. Thursday, Nov 10, 1:00–3:15pm EDT, 12:00–2:15pm CDT.  Click here for information and to register.

National Webinar: Do Race and Culture Matter When Handling a Child Sexual Abuse Case? An African American Victim's Perspective. Thursday, Nov 10, 2:00-3:30 EDT; 1:00-2:30 CDT. Click here for information and to register.

National Webinar:  Applying the Science of Child Development to Child Welfare Systems. Thursday, Nov 17, 2:00–3:00pm EDT, 1:00–2:00pm CDT. Click here 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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