May 22, 2019

End of the School Year is Approaching


For most school districts in Florida, the end of the school year is upon us. Most youth are excited about the summer as they get ready to head to the beach, off to summer camp or just playing outside with friends. Unfortunately, for children living in foster care, the normally carefree summer months can signal more uncertainty and despair. The little things that make the end of the school year special - making plans with friends, signing yearbooks, and looking forward to family vacations - can be a source of increased anxiety and depression for youth living in foster care.


Changing of schools and homes happen frequently for foster youth, meaning many youths do not know if they will be living in the same home next month, let alone going to the same school the following September.


As for vacations or any activity that takes a foster youth out of their placement, approval from the courts must be sought. That means that for a foster youth to attend summer camp or visit a sibling, who lives in a different foster home in a different town prior notice is needed.


Child Welfare Professionals and advocates can do their part by advocating for all children to have a fun and enjoyable summer.


Ideas for Fun Summer Activities with Kids

Recently Added Resources:



Florida's Highlights and Ongoing Response to Human Trafficking Training Video


Addiction and Marijuana - Negative Impact on Children and Families Training Video


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Resilience in the Face of Trauma and Suffering

Upcoming Events

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.


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DCF Live Webinar: Quality Standards for DCF Licensed Group Homes: Debriefing on the Statewide Pilot, Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)


Presenter: Shamra Boel-Studt


Effective July 1, 2017, Section 409.996(22), Florida Statutes (F.S.) was amended requiring the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to develop a statewide accountability system for residential group care providers based on measurable quality standards.


The accountability system must be implemented by July 1, 2022. In collaboration with the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) and the Florida Institute for Child Welfare (FICW), the department established a core set of quality standards for DCF licensed group homes. The department further engaged the FICW in the development of a comprehensive assessment tool for the operationalizing of the quality standards.


In 2018, a statewide pilot of the assessment tool was initiated with participation by DCF licensing staff, Community-Based Care Lead Agencies, and more than 300 DCF licensed group home providers. In this web event, the presenter will provide a debriefing on the statewide pilot activities including Q&A from web participants, sharing of preliminary data trends, and next steps for the validation of the assessment tool and development of the statewide accountability system.


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