February 7, 2018

Incarcerated Parents


Parental incarceration is a serious issue for the child welfare system. Approximately 10 million children in the United States have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives, and 15 - 20% of youth entering foster care have a parent who's in jail or prison (NRCCFI, 2014).


When it occurs, parental incarceration has a huge impact on children and their families: two out of three families with a parent in jail or prison struggle financially due to the loss of income and the cost of visiting and phone calls (IWGYP, n.d.).


Having an incarcerated parent increases children's risk of living in poverty, having behavioral problems, and physical and mental health conditions (Child Welfare Information Gateway, 2015). However, when they get the support they need, these children show less distress and adjust more easily to the separation from their parent (NRCCFI, 2014).


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Recently Added Resources/Publications:




Child Welfare Key Indicators Report (January 2018)




Maintenance Adoption Subsidy & Medical Assistance Negotiations Training Video (2018 Winter Statewide Training)


Strategies for Engaging Youth (2018 Winter Statewide Training)


Youth as Partners in System Change (2018 QPI National Conference Video)

Upcoming Events

DCF Live Webinar: Introduction to the Center
March 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Eastern)


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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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