January 24, 2018

January is Stalking Awareness Month


In January 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime launched National Stalking Awareness Month (NSAM) to increase the public’s understanding of the crime of stalking. While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.


Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person will work for another, yet you can take steps to increase your safety. If you are in immediate danger, call 911. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are. Take threats seriously. Contact a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program and they can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options such as seeking a protection order.


Stalking Stats:


  • 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States
  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know: 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner, 25% of female victims and 32% of male victims are stalked by an acquaintance
  • Almost 1/3 of stalkers have stalked before


For additional information about stalking, review the resources below:


Stalking Resource Center


The Center’s Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Resources

Recently Added Resources/Publications:




2018 Foster Parent Cost of Living Allowance Increase (1/19/18)




Students in Unique Situations: Tips for Completing the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Upcoming Events

DCF Live Webinar: Child Support in Child Welfare Cases
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern), 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Central)


This webinar will prepare child welfare professionals, Children’s Legal Services, and fiscal on the policy and procedures regarding child support, including establishment of paternity and management of support collections. This ensures consistent implementation of the new operating procedure, CFOP 175-13.


Click HERE for details and to register for the training.


Florida’s Adoption Information and Independent Living Winter Statewide Training: January 25 - 26, 2018, Lexington Hotel & Conference Center, 1515 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207


This training will have Adoption and Independent Living workshops and feature Susan Badeau, who writes and speaks extensively on topics related to children, particularly those with special needs.



Click HERE for more information and to register.


Save the Date & Call for Workshop Proposals for the 2018 DCF Child Protection Summit:
September 5-7, 2018, JW Marriot Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL


The Department of Children and Families is pleased to announce the 2018 Child Protection Summit Call for Workshop Proposals.  The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, and the department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.


Click HERE for additional information and to submit a workshop proposal


Proposal deadline: February 14, 2018




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