Florida's Center for

CHILD WELFARE

Information and Training Resources for Child Welfare Professionals



Changes to Florida’s Center for Child Welfare

Our contract with Florida’s Department of Children and Families is ending October 31, 2022. As we transition through this process you will find that resources are moving to the My Florida Families Knowledge and Information Distribution Site (KIDS) located at https://myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-welfare/kids/. As information becomes available, we will provide updates regarding certificates for training hours for Foster Parents and Child Welfare Professionals.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at centersupport@usf.edu

This Week

It is no secret that vulnerable populations are much more at risk of being trafficked than others. Two groups that fall into that category are refugees and unaccompanied minors. People who are forced to flee leave behind their homes, their community support networks, and often end up socially and culturally isolated. They may lack access to resources, livelihood opportunities, and even legal status. These and other factors contribute to making refugees and unaccompanied minors targets for traffickers. Please join us for a discussion about the intersection between refugees and unaccompanied minors and human trafficking.

Presenters: Kristina Bailey, Anti-Trafficking Program Supervisor, International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Tallahassee; Kristina Montes, Child Protection Coordinator, South Florida, IRC in Miami; Cristobal Perez, Deputy Dir. of Programs & Data, Coalition for Independent Living Options

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Upcoming

The Florida Children and Families Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida. The Department anticipates the convening of 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 caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.

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This presentation will help you identify ways to beat the back-to-school blues and motivate you and the children in your home to get back on track for the school year. From battles about homework to getting up in the morning, our presenters will discuss common concerns shared with parents worldwide and provide tools and suggestions to help overcome these obstacles. Regardless of the age of your children, this presentation will provide ways to help your family and how to adapt the tools given for different age ranges.

Presenters:

David Brown, MSW is the co-founder and President of Family Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization in South Florida providing clinical and support services for at risk children and children on the Autism Spectrum. David works closely with individuals with autism, at risk children, foster families, community stakeholders, provider agencies, and local and state government to develop and grow support and clinical programs for the community. Mr. Brown also served as the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) Program Coordinator for the Youth Law Center. Mr. Brown has over two decades working in the field of child welfare, in foster care licensing, child protective investigations, and training. He has served in leadership roles and continues to advocate tirelessly for families.

Anjali Van Drie, MA, MSW, BCBA is the co-founder and Vice President of Family Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization in South Florida providing clinical and support services for at risk children and children on the Autism Spectrum. Ms. Van Drie has worked in the field of child welfare for over a decade, collaboratively with community based care agencies, and with thousands of families across Florida. She has been a Nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2008 and recently became a TBRI Practitioner. Ms. Van Drie was the recipient of the 2018 Florida Association of Behavior Analysis Charles Kimber Public Service Award for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis in the Community. Ms. Van Drie enjoys regularly conducting interactive trainings for professionals and families and has presented at numerous state and national conferences.

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