July 3, 2019

Summer Safety Tips


It's finally here…Summer! The warm beautiful weather, outdoor activities and fun are plentiful this time of year. Unfortunately, so are the opportunities for sunburns, heat rashes, bug bites, water dangers and many more summer activity hazards. Below are some important summer safety tips to help ensure a super spectacular summer.


  • Fireworks and Sparklers - Being safe around fireworks is critical for both kids and adults, as the risk of injury is greatest for teenagers and young children. Always light fireworks away from other people because they can backfire or launch in an unexpected direction.

  • Swim Smart - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 800 children drown every year. For that reason, never leave children alone in or near water, even for a minute.

  • Overheating & Dehydration - The key to avoiding overheating is to stay hydrated. Never wait for a child to tell you they are thirsty. According to the AAP, a child is already dehydrated when they ask for something to drink, so offer lots of fluids both before going outside, and once the child is outside playing. Whenever a child is outside, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 to 30. Choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays.

  • Do not leave a child unattended in the car for a minute! - A child's body heats up three to five times faster than an adult's does and when left in a hot car, a child's major organs begin to shut down when his temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit (F).


The Center’s Prevention Publications including Summer & Water Safety


Recently Added Resources:



2019-2020 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for TANF/with TANF form


DCF Annual Progress and Services Report (June 2019) (Pending Federal Approval)

Child and Family Services 5 Year Plan 2020-2024 (Pending Federal Approval)


Transracial & Transcultural Adoption: Preservation, Policy, and a Personal Perspective (National Council for Adoption 2019)


The Child Welfare Safety Guide (Capacity Building Center for States)


Child Protection in Cases Experiencing Domestic Violence





Engaging Substance Using Parents in the Child Welfare System

Upcoming Events

Statewide Conference: Florida Coalition for Children 2019 Annual Conference, July 8 - 10, 2019, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL


The Florida Coalition for Children Foundation’s 2019 Annual Conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to continuing education units.


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Statewide Conference: 2019 Child Protection Summit,
September 4 - 6, 2019, JW Marriott, Orlando, FL


Registration is now open for the 2019 Summit. The Summit offers an extraordinary program of current and relevant training topics to further advance the knowledge base of child welfare staff in many critical areas of importance.


As the largest child welfare event in Florida, the Department anticipates the 2019 Child Protection Summit will be attended by 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 and non-relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, Guardians ad Litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, educators, service providers, and youth.


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