Florida's Center for

CHILD WELFARE

Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals



What's New

Our contract with Florida’s Department of Children and Families will end at the end of April 2022. You will see changes to the website as some resources and information are transitioned to the Department. Effective May 1, 2022, certificates for training hours for Foster Parents and Child Welfare Professionals will no longer be available through the Center for Child Welfare (www.centerforchildwelfare.org) or Just in Time Training (qpiflorida.org).

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This Week


Upcoming

The Safe Children Coalition is pleased to announce our 11th annual conference call for proposals. Our annual conference, which will held on April 13-14, 2022, anticipates 250 child welfare professionals and community partners in attendance. We are seeking knowledgeable, dynamic speakers to present on topics that will enhance attendees’ understanding and knowledge in an array of areas related to child welfare.

If you are interested in being considered as a potential session presenter or sponsor, please click here The proposal submission deadline is November 19, 2021 and the Sponsorship Registration Form is due 12/3/21.

E-mail Colleen Buscemi for additional information about the conference or becoming a sponsor.

The STARK (Stopping Technology-facilitated Abuse of Rural Kids) Symposium provides specialized training in criminal prosecution for rural prosecutors and promotes discussions among the prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT).

This Zero Abuse Project grant program allows prosecutors to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of the concepts, case law, arguments, victims and evidence in technology-facilitated child abuse cases. It fosters knowledge sharing, training, and experience among prosecutors, law enforcement, and other MDT partners.

The training is focused on rural areas but, is available to all law enforcement, MDT partners, and prosecutors.

E-mail James Jolley for additional information and to register for the symposium.

Identifying and serving male survivors of human trafficking is a critical imperative of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Developing a culturally relevant response requires an understanding of how the trauma of human trafficking may uniquely affect boys and male-identifying youth. Equally important is an understanding of the intersectionality between exploitation, and substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and mental health challenges common among male youth

Presenters: Nathan Earl, Principal & Lived Experience Educator at Giant Slayer

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“Follow the money, find the traffickers” is a maxim in the world of human trafficking. It is vital for everyone in the community, not just financial institutions and law enforcement, to understand how human traffickers financially exploit their victims as a form of control and abuse. Traffickers launder proceeds from exploited youth and adults, force victims to open accounts, force youth with clean credit histories to apply for credit cards, entwine victims their money laundering schemes, and evade financial system safeguards. This program will cover: how human trafficking relates to financial exploitation, who is most at risk their vulnerabilities, how traffickers recruit victims, how to report human trafficking and financial exploitation, and long-term impacts. Social services, child welfare professionals, anti-human trafficking advocates, law enforcement, and all those who are contact points for vulnerable populations and people who are trafficked need to know how this abuse and exploitation occur so they can protect them.

Presenters: Marina Anderson, Regional Human Trafficking Coordinator for Northeast and Northwest Regions and Christy Gillis, Circuit 7, Community Development Administrator, FL Department of Children and Families

NOTE: this is Part 2 of a two-part training series. See Part 1 which focused on the financial sector.

Sponsors: STAC in affiliation with Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the International Rescue Committee. Contact: STAC at stac@surviveandthriveadvocacy.org or 850-597-2080

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