Florida's Center for Child Welfare at USF

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Florida’s Center for Child Welfare at USF


March 9, 2016

March is National Professional Social Work Month

Tell Us How We’re Doing!

Today, social work is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States, with more than 600,000 people employed in the field.


Professional social workers tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our society. In every city and every community they develop solutions to make mental health care more available, to reduce poverty, to eliminate injustice and discrimination, and to protect vulnerable children and adults from harm.


Social workers contribute at all levels of society, working with individuals, families, schools, universities, non-profit agencies, corporations, hospitals, and government offices to mediate conflict, foster positive relationships, and create hope and opportunity for people in need.


Related resources:

·         10 Practices Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2015)

·         Verbal De-Escalation Training Video

·         Hiding Behind Jell-O: Common Sense Safety


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.


Click here to begin March’s Survey.


Recently Added Resources




Florida’s Title IV-E State Plan (available under the publications menu)



New Answers to FAQs, including:

·         A foster parent has another licensed foster parent watch a child for one night. We are aware of capacity issues. Does this situation qualify under the reasonable and prudent standard of normalcy, or does official respite need to be set up through the CBC agency?


·         Would you be able to provide clarification to updated FAC 65C-30.002(3)(b); [. . .] FAC 65C-30 does not provide a definition for “out-of-home plan”; would face-to-face contacts be for sheltered children or does it include family-made arrangements as part of an in-home safety plan?





My Jump Vault Training for Caregivers and Youth (Informational Video, not eligible for relicensing hours)


Upcoming Training Events and Conferences





Webinar: Organizational Response to Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare. March 10th, 3:00PM (EST)/2:00PM (CST).

Click Here for additional information and to register



Conference: 2016 QPI Florida State Conference. March 10th, Daytona.

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Conference: 29th Annual Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health. March 13-16, Tampa.

Click Here for additional information and to register


Call for Workshop Proposals: For the DCF Child Protection Summit.

Proposals due March 15, 2016.

Click Here for additional information and to submit a proposal


QPI Web Event: Attachment, Trauma and RAD – What Does it all Mean? Monday, March 28, 9:30AM (EST) / 8:30AM (CST)

Click Here for additional information and to submit a proposal


Save the Date: For the 2016 GAL Disabilities Training Conference. April 28-29, Orlando.


Job Announcement



The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida (USF) invites applications for the position of Program Director for our Child Welfare Training Consortium. The Training Consortium (TC) develops, designs, and delivers training and consultation focusing on the delivery of human services particularly in the area of Child Welfare. The TC is funded entirely by external funding (contracts/grants) with a current annual budget of $2.5M.


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