May 8, 2019

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month


The risk of mental illness increases for youth who have been involved with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Studies across several states suggests that between one-half and two-thirds of the children entering foster care or juvenile justice exhibit emotional or behavior problems warranting mental health services.


Children can experience a range of mental health conditions and some include:


  • Anxiety disorders. Children who have anxiety disorders - such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia and generalized anxiety disorder - experience anxiety as a persistent problem that interferes with their daily activities.
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This condition typically includes symptoms in difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Some children with ADHD have symptoms in all of these categories, while others might have symptoms in only one.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism spectrum disorder is a serious developmental disorder that appears in early childhood - usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, ASD always affects a child's ability to communicate and interact with others.
  • Eating disorders. Eating disorders - such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder - are serious, even life-threatening, conditions. Children can become so preoccupied with food and weight that they focus on little else.
  • Mood disorders. Mood disorders - such as depression and bipolar disorder - can cause a child to feel persistent feelings of sadness or extreme mood swings much more severe than the normal mood swings common in many people.
  • Schizophrenia. This chronic mental illness causes a child to lose touch with reality (psychosis). Schizophrenia most often appears in the late teens through the 20s.


The Center's Mental Health Resources

Recently Added Resources:



CFOP 170-1, Chapter 5, Unified Home Study Update - with Attachments (5/1/19)


CFOP 170-9, Family Assessment and Case Planning , Chapters 2-6 (5/1/19)


CFOP 170-15, Federal and State Funding Eligibility (5/1/19)





Teens and Depression





Update on Human Trafficking Legislation (1.0 Hour Child Welfare Certification)


The ABCs of AFDC (1.0 Hour Child Welfare Certification)

Upcoming Events

Statewide Training: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Centers Spring Training,
May 16-17, 2019, St. Petersburg, FL 33764


The Adoption Professionals track & Independent Living Professionals track will run concurrently over the dates of May 16th & 17th (a detailed agenda will be forthcoming).


The Adoption Track will cover topics related to:

  • Extended Maintenance Adoption Subsidy
  • Guardianship Assistance Program
  • Adoption Reports


The IL Track will cover topics related to:

  • Transition Planning
  • Extended Foster Care
  • Life Skills


Educational Opportunity for Adoptive Parents on Saturday, May 18, 2019


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