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What's New

Chapter 65C-28.004, Florida Administrative Code- Out of Home Care: Effective 5/20/2001

The Department amended 65C-28.004, F.A.C., Comprehensive Placement Assessment, to align with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), P.L. 115-123, to ensure all children entering out of home care are assessed for the most appropriate least restrictive placement setting.


Chapter 65C-28.021, Florida Administrative Code- Qualified Residential Treatment Programs: Effective 5/23/2021

The Department created 65C-28.021, Qualified Residential Treatment Programs, to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act, P.L. 115-123.


Chapter 65C-14, Florida Administrative Code- Child Caring Agency Licensing: Effective 5/23/2021

The Department amended 65C-14, Child-Caring Agency Licensing Standards, to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act, P.L. 115-123. (note: The Department will file for rule adoption for 65C-14.116, 65C-14.120, and 65C-14.125 Florida Administrative Code- Child Caring Agency Licensing on 6/16/2021. The tentative effective date of the rule adoption is 7/6/2021.)


Chapter 65C-30.006, Florida Administrative Code- Case Planning: Effective 3/15/2021

The Department amended 65C-30.006, F.A.C., to add provisions regarding case planning for children placed in qualified residential treatment programs.


You can also search for Changes to Florida Rules or Proposed Rules by visiting the Florida Department of State Website here:www.flrules.org.

This Week

This workshop will provide you with details on all the various scholarship programs for Florida’s school-aged children and how they may benefit children in foster care or recently adopted.
• The Florida Tax Credit for private school or transportation to a public school.
• The Family Empowerment Scholarship, for children to attend private school or for transportation to an out-of-district public school; and for children ages 3-22 who have certain special needs.
• The Hope Scholarship for children K-12 who are victims of bullying.
• The Reading Scholarship Accounts for public school students in 3rd to 5th grade who struggle with reading

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Gangs conduct criminal activity in all 50 states. Although most gang activity is concentrated in major urban areas, gangs also are proliferating in rural and suburban areas as gang members flee increasing law enforcement pressure in urban areas. During this session attendees will learn to recognize signs of gang involvement including gang tattoos, terminology, graffiti and using hand signals. Attendees will also be able to recognize the warning signs and risk factors of youth gang recruitment. This session will also discuss the female's role in gangs and how gang sex trafficking differs from other forms of trafficking.

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Upcoming

Throughout the month of June, Citrus Family Care Network is having a series of events that highlights families that have been reunified, as well as community resources and programs that can serve families. Additionally, they are having a virtual celebration on Saturday, June 26th in honor of families that have been successfully reunified over the last couple of years. Due to the pandemic, they are combining our 2020 and 2021 celebrations.

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Click here for the Reunification Month flyer

Click here for the Reunification Month flyer (Spanish version)

Florida’s 2021 Legislative Session resulted in the passage of two bills that will have a significant impact on Florida’s child welfare system. A handful of other bills also affect children involved in the child welfare system. Join this Florida's Children First webinar for a review of key legislation that passed - as well as a look at what didn’t.

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Hosted by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)

June is an important month to take a moment to reflect on the role males play – as birth fathers, stepparents, resource and adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers – to name a few in protecting and nurturing children.

Based on feedback from our male specific workshop titled: InstruMENtal, many of our national and international colleagues have reported feeling underutilized and overlooked. In particular, as it relates to the decision making and assessment process and providing (and receiving) supports and resources in their communities and the child welfare system.

As child welfare is making a renewed commitment to reimagining services and supports, CWLA is excited to announce a new working group focusing on the male role in child welfare. This working group will identify areas of inclusion that promote equity for males and highlight new approaches that are proving successful in the need for policy and practice change.

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This training is geared to attorneys who have or may be asked to finalize an adoption from foster care. It will also be useful for others in the system who want to know what should be happening in adoption finalizations. Topics include attorney’s duties and obligations, adoption subsidies, disclosures, and the nuts and bolts of client engagement, petition and finalization.
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In families, the effects of unaddressed trauma can be passed from one generation to the next generation. For example, the birth parents of some of the foster children in your home may have been in foster care themselves as children. Join presenter, Martie Gillen, Ph.D., MBA, to learn about the ways in which parenting attachment styles and behaviors of one generation influence the parenting behaviors of the next generation. Learn resources and strategies that you, as a foster parent, can use to support birth families and foster children.
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