Florida's Center for Child Welfare at USF

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Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF


December 14, 2016


December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Tell Us How We’re Doing!

Each year more than 250,000 children are treated at hospitals for toy-related injuries. Most of these injuries affect children under the age of 15, and more than half injure the face; the majority of these injuries can be prevented.


December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and with it comes timely reminders for keeping children’s toy safety top of mind. Click Here to learn how to choose safe toys and gifts for your children this holiday season.

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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December’s Survey.



 Recently Added Trainings, Resources & FAQS



·         Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Memo  On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the ESSA, amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. For the first time, ESSA embeds in federal education law provisions that promote school stability and success for youth in care and collaboration between education and child welfare agencies to achieve these goal.

Click here for additional ESSA documents on our Educational Resources page.


·         Recently Asked FAQs:

Can you clarify what is required of the services supervisor when a case is transferred to them from a CPI with a child in a family-made arrangement; how does CFOP 170-7, Chapter 6, apply?


Do pill counts have to occur monthly for a child’s medication?  Or is just checking the Medication Log and getting a copy okay?




·         Youth in Care Video: A Conversation about Normalcy  The Center had a conversation with several youth who have aged out of the Florida foster care system.  We asked them about what they consider ‘Normalcy’ to be.  They provided us with some insight into their own foster care experiences and the ways in which they felt different from their peers.  Feel free to share this video as you recruit and train quality foster parents, child welfare professionals, GALs, mentors and others.



Our Voices, Our Stories



Miracle’s Story

We are excited to share Miracle’s digital story this week. Miracle’s story is about her experience feeling alone and lost and how supportive adults motivated her.  We hope that Miracle’s story educates you on the important role that positive support can have on a child’s life. Please click here to watch her story and hear her special message.


Upcoming Training Events and Conferences




National Webinar Everyone Speaks—Not Everyone is Heard Wednesday, December 21, 2-3 pm Eastern, 1-2pm Central This webinar is hosted by HRDQ-U. The 5 Voices is a powerful communication system that was created to transform team and interpersonal communication. Teams function at less than 60% of their true potential. And, 82% of team members feel misunderstood and undervalued. Team leaders rarely, if ever, hear the truth from their people, and leaders undermine their influence every day without even knowing it. 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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