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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.
Presenter: Dr. James McHale, Professor, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Director of University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Family Study Center
Facilitator: Jamie G. Averett, Quality Parenting Initiative Consultant
Description: 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.
Moreover, it is clear that co-parenting is an expectation that extends beyond caregivers and birth parents. Successful co-parenting requires a partnership with agency staff, caregivers and birth families. As a participant in this webcast, you can expect to learn about the following: What are the foundational principles of co-parenting? Are those principles supportive of child development and trauma sensitive practices? What are the challenges to implementing co-parenting practices? What are the successes of implementing co-parenting practices? What role do agency staff, caregivers, and birth parents play in successful co-parenting? How can co-parenting be implemented in your local QPI site?
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.