May 15, 2019

Child Welfare Professionals Recognition


Beginning in May 2008, the Legislature designated the second Monday in May as “Child Welfare Professionals Recognition Day” to recognize the efforts of all professionals who work with abused children and dysfunctional families.


On any given day those who work tirelessly on behalf of vulnerable children (Case Managers, Child Protective Investigators, Adoption Specialists and many other titles) may hear unfavorable messages about how they are perceived by the general public. The messages that make the headlines hardly speak to the countless hours child welfare professionals spend trying to keep abused and neglected children safe and provide them with caring families.


Not as often does the public hear the other side of the story---the successes, the joys and the lives forever changed for the better because a child welfare professional made a difference.
Take a moment to thank a dedicated Child Welfare Professional who protects vulnerable children and families.


The short video “Jesus's Story” demonstrates how a child welfare worker developed a trusting relationship with a biological father and helped him engage in services so he could be reunified with his five children.


The video “Get Real: Life as a Case Manager” provides a glimpse of the work case managers do on a daily basis.

Recently Added Resources:



Placement Job Aid


FSFN Placement FAQs



Step Up for Students is offering more Income-Based Scholarships!


Are you looking for school options for your children? Help is here. Step Up for Students has more income-based scholarships available for the 2019-20 school year. Don’t delay, apply now as they are first-come, first-served.


Click HERE for more info!

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


Click HERE to register.


QPI/Just in Time Live Webinar: Supporting Respectful Partnerships: Co-Parenting, May 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)


The Florida Department of Children and Families Partnership Plan recognizes the need for children to have continuity in their relationships with their birth parents. In recognizing this need, the plan calls for caregivers and agency staff to partner together to assist birth parents in improving their ability to care for and protect their children, and further provides that partners will act in a supportive and respectful manner that allows children to maintain ties to their family. While the words “co-parenting” are not used in the Partnership Plan, the expectations are clear; co-parenting is an essential element to providing quality parenting to children.


We look forward to you joining us on this webcast as we continue to learn how quality parenting for children requires supportive, respectful partnerships through co-parenting.


Click HERE to register.




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