Florida's Center for Child Welfare at USF

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Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF


December 7, 2016


Human Rights Day is December 10th

Tell Us How We’re Doing!

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th.  It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights!

Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.


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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 Recently Added Trainings and Resources



·         Critical Incident Rapid Response Team Advisory Committee 2016 Third Quarter Report

·         Annual Human Trafficking Report (15-16)

Click here for all Mandated Reports to Legislature

·         A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting (AEC, 2016)

Click here for additional System of Care Publications

·         Boundaries and Professional Conduct: Putting Them into Practice! (Training Video)

Click here for additional Training Videos



Our Voices, Our Stories



v  Taj’s Story

Florida's Children First and Florida Youth SHINE are so excited to share Taj Bank’s digital story this week. Taj’s story is about his experience in several group homes and how his Guardian Ad Litem turned his life around. We hope that Taj’s story educates you on the important role someone can have in a child’s life. Please click here to watch his story and read a special message from Taj.


Upcoming Training Events and Conferences




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.

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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