Events and Announcements

This Week

National Webinar: Trauma Beyond Words: Healing Beyond Language, Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:00am–12:30pm (Eastern), 10:00am–11:30am (Central), 8:00–9:30am (Pacific)

This webinar is hosted by Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and explains the “beyond words” experience of initial fear responses and their evolution into long-term trauma reactions. The webinar will also explore how survivor services can be enhanced by normalizing trauma reactions and by incorporating activities that complement healing conversations..

Click here to register.

Next Week

DCF Webinar: Update to the Use of Title IV-E Training Funds, May 3, 2017, 10:00am- 11:30am (Eastern), 9:00am – 10:20am (Central)

Presenters: MaryAnn White and Mark Mahoney

Audience: DCF Child Protective Investigations, Sherriff Child Protective Investigations, and Florida Abuse Hotline staff

This training will provide updates on the use of Title IV-E Training funds for Child Protective Investigation andFlorida Abuse Hotline staff.

Click here for additional details and to register.

National Webinar: Using Data to Improve Foster Care Placements Webinar, May 3, 2017, 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Eastern)

DataKind is excited to host a webinar on an upcoming project to provide more details on the motivation, scope, and how to get involved in this cross-cutting sector-wide initiative.

Join Annie E. Casey Foundation, Microsoft, and DataKind to help improve foster care placements. Over 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States. Of these over 63% entering, or reentering, the system each year. How do you ensure that children are matched with stable foster homes that support their needs and how can you minimize the amount a time a child is waiting to be placed? Cutting edge computational methods such as Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence can help us address these kinds of questions and improve foster care placements...

But we need YOUR help to make it happen.
To lay the groundwork for this project, we’re rallying jurisdictions, child welfare agencies, and data providers to help explore, contribute, and share in the development of an OPEN SOURCE solution be shared and adapted across the sector that can to help reduce the time it takes to match caregivers and children entering care, improve the quality of placements, and ultimately improve outcomes for these children.

Click here for additional details and to register.

CA QPI Live Webinar: Assertion and Advocacy Live Webinar, May 5, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:30 pm (Pacific), 12:00 – 1:30 pm (Central) 1-2:30 pm (Eastern)

Presentation by: Dan Thorne, LMFT, Founder of PRAXES
Facilitated by: Shay O’Brien

Assertive Communication is a valuable tool for parents to possess, not only in their personal relationships at home, but in the community. As the parent begins to feel more comfortable in asserting their needs and request, they also learn how to accept criticism, accepting they are human and make mistakes. With these skills also comes the ability to advocate for their child’s needs, in the school and with social welfare systems. This workshop will provide parents with the following:

Learning about the different styles of communication.
Skills to assert yourself and taking criticism.
Improving communication with others. Learning how to advocate for your child in school and with others.
How to plan for meetings and conversations about your child.

Click here for additional details and to register.

Conference: Guardian Ad Litem Program 2017 Disabilities Training Conference: Making the Impossible Possible, May 4-5, 2017, Orlando, FL

Each year the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program holds a conference for child welfare attorneys, child welfare professionals, and judges who represent and work with dependent children with disabilities. This popular conference is known for its advanced material and workshops.The conference will:

*Advance attorney advocacy and courtroom skills to ensure the best outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.

*Promote understanding of the intricacies of government agency processes and how they must be coordinated to improve outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.

*Impart advanced advocacy strategies for dependent children with disabilities.

*Develop connections among participants and agencies to better determine appropriate resources for dependent children with disabilities.

Click here for additional details and to register.
Conference: Florida’s Adoption Information & Independent Living Resource Center Spring Statewide Training, May 3-5, 2017, Daytona Beach, FL

Mark your calendars for two days of training for $100!
Group Discounts Available for qualified agencies!
Call for more information

Click here for additional details and to register.

Conference: National Foster Care Conference: "Footsteps to the Future, May 3-5, 2017, Daytona Beach, FL

The Annual Foster Care Conference will address a wide variety of problems facing foster care specialists, foster parents and various social service professionals who desire to enhance their skills in order to create the best foster home environment. The conference will offer numerous seminars, general sessions, workshops, exhibits, and networking opportunities designed both for professionals interested in increasing the effectiveness of their programs and for foster parents desiring to improve their parenting skills. Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how those of us working with youth can deal with the ever-changing situations we face.

Click here for additional details and to register.


National Webinar: Employee Engagement: Using Your Vision, Value and Voice, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is hosted by HRDQ-U and describes the “Connection Culture” that every organization needs to boost employee engagement and produce sustained high performance. Participants will learn:

Beyond Maslow: six human needs to thrive at work
Three types of relational cultures in organizations
How different cultures affect health, happiness and productivity
The three core elements of a “Connection Culture”
Best practice language, attitudes and behaviors that connect

Click here for additional details and to register.

Conference: 2017 FSFAPA Annual Education Conference: Our Journey, Your Dreams, June 16-18, 2017, Orlando, FL

The 21st Annual Education conference returns to Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Watch this page for more information.

Click here for additional details and to register.

National Webinar: Serving Those Most at Risk: Embracing The Challenge of Serving Trans Youth, Thursday, June 22, 2017, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)

This webinar is hosted by Midwest Regional Children's Advocacy Center. Changes in the visibility of trans and gender diverse people in the last 3-5 years have dramatically changed the landscape for our community from a tiny minority to a visible stakeholder group globally. As leaders in service to at-risk youth, Children's Advocacy Centers have unique opportunities to be at the vanguard of supporting these youth and their families, and in doing so, may create safer, more nurturing communities for all youth. This webinar explores trans and gender diverse identities in youth, challenges, barriers, and risks trans youth face, and approaches to best practice in enhancing service to this population.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe three barriers trans youth face.
Participants will be able to indicate two factors affecting increased risk of victimization in trans youth.
Participants will be able to identify three steps agencies can take to improve service to trans youth.

Click here for additional details and to register.

National Conference: The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Conference--Families Matter: Exploring Solutions in Adoption and Foster Care, July 20-22, 2017, Atlanta, Georgia

If you have been touched by adoption or foster care, you will want to attend this conference!

This four-day educational event covers a wide variety of foster care and adoption topics—to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of adoptive and foster parents, child welfare professionals, and people who were adopted or in foster care.
We offer close to 90 sessions in topics such as:

Supporting and preserving adoptive families
Core issues in adoption
Effective therapeutic techniques in adoption
Kinship care and birth family connections
Parenting children with disabilities and challenges
Older children and youth
Race, culture, and diversity in adoption and foster care
Supporting children and families in adoption and foster care
Recruiting families for children

The sessions inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption and foster care community!

Click here for additional details and to register.

Conference: Florida Coalition of Children (FCC) 2017 Annual Conference, July 24-26, 2007, Boca Raton, FL

This year's conference will provide various networking opportunities including more than 20 presentations, featuring national speakers that will ignite dynamic conversations, and provide innovative and inspiring ideas that will energize our community organizations and improve our system of care.

Click here for additional details and to register.