Statistics indicate that a significant proportion of CSEC youth are living in family or extended relative care. The majority of these youth struggle with the same risk factors as youth in child welfare, such as frequent elopement and substance abuse. However, these children often experience additional challenges related to family engagement and treatment provision.
This presentation includes a brief overview of the services and research related to CSEC, treatment protocols, policies, and procedures across systems of care, as well as the environment and care coordination necessary to treat CSEC youth. The link between child welfare and homelessness is well documented. This workshop session explores successful supportive housing SH partnerships to stabilize homeless individuals.
Beyond traditional housing or child welfare programming enacted in solo, SH partnerships involve a cross-system, integrated approach to provide intensive, trauma-informed, holistic responses to adults and children. Presenters will discuss data-informed targeting, SH models, outcomes, lessons learned about partnerships, and evidence-based practices with important promise for improving the well-being of families. The recently-passed Family First Prevention Services Act FFPSA includes a number of provisions to prevent children from entering foster care by allowing federal reimbursement for mental health services, substance use treatment, and in-home parenting skill training.
In this workshop, Judge Gonzalez will provide an overview of the changes in the law, specifically focusing on the limitation of the use of residential care for children and youth served by the child welfare system. Take the next steps in supporting families who have a newborn baby that may have been exposed to substances prior to birth.
This workshop is an interactive session focused on best practices to promote and teach routine care for babies diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome from the nursing staff and community partners who work with parents and care for these babies to the children's caregivers. Workshop presenters will discuss ways to teach people who care for these babies the role they play in helping prevent childhood deaths.
Additionally, participants receive a tool kit as they engage in the dialogue of best practices. Healing Early Childhood Court Families: Working with families who have unique sets of needs that cross multiple systems of care can be challenging. In this workshop session, the presenters will focus on the importance of the integrative approach to treating families and the integrating of behavioral health services within the child welfare system of care. LifeStream took the initiative to establish a child welfare integration director position to facilitate the integration process within the agency and bridge the gap between two systems.
This initiative has led to strong alliances and problem solving among community partners. Workshop presenters will share supporting data and lessons learned from this initiative including barriers and challenges to this process, how to problem-solve as a team, and how to track progress. Attendees will receive practice tips on how to be creative when providing services to families, addressing the important role of specialty programs like the Family Intervention Services and the Family Connections Collaborative Programs.
Mental Health and Secondary Transition: Youth with mental health disabilities are often at risk for dropping out of high school, leading to poor post-school outcomes, in areas such as employment and post-secondary education. The presentation will share information on the resources and supports available to students, families, and community members during graduation and secondary transition.
Protecting The Child's Voice: Viewing young people as a transformative asset for Florida's child welfare system means actively engaging with the values, opinions, and skills offered by youth and young adults about opportunities to enhance our practice and to transform our system. Early engagement and involvement are key to creating a long-lasting and open relationship to gain insight into challenges and successes experienced by youth that can help better our system of care. This presentation will feature a panel of youth from across Florida sharing their perspective and insight about how organizations and stakeholders can approach building a better tomorrow for dependent children by engaging them in their ongoing Quality Parenting Initiative efforts.
Families served by child welfare often have complex needs and challenges that require intervention and support from multiple agencies and systems partners to effectively address. The Recovery-Oriented System of Care ROSC and Systems of Care SOC frameworks provide a recovery-oriented approach by which resources can be leveraged strategically across the system to improve outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and families served by child welfare. TFCBT is an evidence based model for treating children who have experienced any trauma, including multiple traumas.
TFCBT is effective with children from diverse backgrounds and works in as few as twelve treatment sessions. It has been used successfully in clinics, schools, homes, residential treatment facilities, and inpatient settings. It works even if there is no parent or caregiver to participate in treatment and for children in foster care. TFCBT is a components-based model of psychotherapy that addresses the unique needs of children with PTSD symptoms, depression, behavior problems, and other difficulties related to traumatic life experiences. The waiver provided states flexibility in the usage of Title IV-E funds and allows the ability to assess innovative approaches to the child welfare service delivery and financing for children in care.
This workshop will discuss current federal requirements, documentation of Title IV-E, statewide post-waiver planning, and helpful information regarding post-waiver implementation. In conclusion, participants will have the knowledge and understanding of challenges and recommendations to ensure federal requirements are met and how to maximize federal funding through eligibility.
This workshop addresses the high incidence and substantial challenges of opiate misuse among parents in the child welfare system. The issues are complex whether the opioid-use is for legitimate pain management, misuse of prescription pain-killers or addiction to illicit opiates like heroin. The gold standard treatment of opioid use disorders is Medication Assisted Treatment MAT , including Methadone, yet significant misinformation and stigma exist, especially as it relates to child safety.
To dispel myths and improve outcomes for families, this workshop describes best practices for treatment of opioid-use disorders, MAT, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. This knowledge is crucial for both behavioral health and child welfare professionals to optimally serve our families. Participants will learn the effects of opioids and MAT on parenting, and how coordination between systems of care enhances both behavioral health and child welfare outcomes for parents with opioid misuse.
Data-driven decision-making can be a vital tool in designing and implementing action plans aimed at improving child protection initiatives. Readily available access to data updated continuously with information regarding child health and demographic statistics can be an invaluable tool in providing the source material needed to inform these decisions. FLHealth Charts is a web based application, maintained through the Department of Health, designed to provide numerous categories of population data concerning the residents of the state of Florida.
This workshop has been designed to provide an introductory course on navigating FLHealth Charts, utilizing the innovative chart design functions to create visual reports, and to assemble multi-year data sets intended to provide trend analysis important for guiding action plans and initiatives designed to improve child protection efforts. Who Puts the Quality in Quality Contacts?
As a result of the CFSR, several areas in Florida's Child Welfare System were identified as needing improvement to strengthen outcomes related to safety, permanency, and well-being. One of these identified areas needing improvement was family engagement. Strong engagement with the family, and all case participants, is embedded in having quality purposeful contacts with all case participants.
Not only are quality contacts important for the CFSR, but the information collected during those contacts is integral in the development of the family functioning assessment investigations and ongoing , progress update, and safety management. This workshop will explore key elements of qualitative contacts with a focus on information collection. The purpose of this workshop is to strengthen family engagement skills and information collection for progress updates and improve outcomes for future CFSR's.
The Welcome Dinner Buffet is included in your conference registration fee. Please RSVP by clicking the check box during the registration process. Join us for a beginner friendly gentle yoga class. Our class will include breathing exercises, gentle poses, and stress reducing benefits of yoga practice. Beginner and advanced yogis are welcome. Between 9 and 29 percent of dependent children cross over into delinquency court for the first time around 14 years of age. Delinquent or disruptive behavior can begin as early as 7 years of age.
Cross over children may be permanently committed, previously closed permanent guardianship and now reopened, or with an APPLA goal. Work must begin early to identify the needs and services to guide these children to stable and productive adult lives. To do this, both the dependency and delinquency systems must work in tandem to maximize child development and family involvement.
This workshop will explore the interplay between dependency and delinquency systems and how the dependency professionals can assist in bridging the gap and help the child to follow the right path to permanency and adulthood. Case studies to be discussed include mental health, disability, and placement.
The purpose of this workshop is to describe how the Department of Juvenile Justice operates including jurisdiction, structure, processes, data, collaboration, and reform efforts. Workshop presenters will work to dispel myths and answer questions about the Department of Juvenile Justice. This workshop will discuss types of trauma and provide a comprehensive understanding on how trauma impacts brain development.
Workshop presenters will share information on the struggles children of all ages may have due to trauma s experienced while demonstrating the connection between brain development and breaks in early childhood development. In this workshop, the presenters will discuss the vast array of services that facility dogs can provide in the spectrum of trauma-informed services to dependent children and system professionals. The extensive breeding and training program, spanning the first two years of their lives, uniquely and specifically prepares these canines for the rigors of working with not only victims, but also with professionals in mental health, law, law enforcement, forensic interviewing, and all aspects of child advocacy.
The presentation will combine information about best practices for facility dogs in legal proceedings and the individual contributions these teams have made in their respective communities. Information about crisis response and community outreach will be included. Florida's Child Welfare Data: This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the child welfare trends and performance information published by the Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Welfare. The session will include live demonstrations on how to use the readily accessible Florida's Child Welfare Dashboards and other trend reports.
Additionally, participants will learn about the detailed management reports available in the Florida Safe Families Network. Does child welfare really focus on fathers? More fathers want involvement with their children and children need and thrive with father involvement. This workshop session presents a gender specific program focused on fathers and shares outreach strategies designed for fathers, engagement strategies and pitfalls, and evidence-based father-focused prevention strategies, their impact and outcomes.
From Distracted to Productive: Join this session and have a smart strategy for making the most of your day, dealing with interruptions, and getting the most important work done. Do you have FSFN case issues that have gone unresolved? Do you not have a full understanding of the recent FSFN enhancements? If so, this is the workshop for you! This is an interactive, hands-on workshop. In , Florida made significant changes in the provision of independent living services to teens in care.
This workshop will explore the complexities of independent living laws through the lens of the young people those laws affect. It will also provide tools to help adults working with youth navigate through the complexities. This exciting presentation offers innovative practices that include family finding and kinship navigation services.
As the federal Family First Prevention Services Act was signed into law and significant pending legislation in Florida focuses on supports to kin caregivers to promote family preservation, the landscape in the child welfare system of care may change significantly in Florida and around the U. This informative session will facilitate discussion on best practice models and implementation, research results, and the latest applicable policies, and the impact of the opioid crisis on Florida's children and kinship families.
Participants will be informed on various evaluation results illuminating supportive services and resources that promote successful outcomes and positive, safe home environments for children. Implementation strategies will be presented as they relate to formal and informal kinship families. Finally, case studies will be provided, including elements for best practice in case management and system navigation. This informative session will facilitate discussion on best practice models and implementation, research results, these latest policies as well as impact of the opioid crisis on Florida's children and Kinship Families.
Evaluation results will illuminate which supportive services and resources promote successful outcomes and positive, safe home environments for children.
This is sad, but not surprising, as concussion-related symptoms can last for years. This workshop explores the underlying biological process associated with addiction and discusses simple strategies to assist front-line staff in engaging parents in treatment so that they can be successful in working their safety and case plans. Participants will learn the effects of opioids and MAT on parenting, and how coordination between systems of care enhances both behavioral health and child welfare outcomes for parents with opioid misuse. In order to build on this, he requested that for students graduating in , the ceremonies for undergraduate and postgraduate students be held on different days in order to further maximise the number of staff attending both ceremonies. Ms Michele Keane if you would like more information. This experience was completely fascinating. We all know the benefits of participating in youth sports:
Case studies will be provided, including elements for best practice in case management and system navigation. Every child matters in and out of the system. However, there are youth who struggle more than others. This specialized group of at-risk youth have their rights violated and their individual needs overlooked. With an increased risk of mental health issues, physical health issues, homelessness, and criminal involvement, where are the resources?
This interactive training will address the statistics, needs, and some of the most effective methods to support our often-overlooked population: Come for more than listening: Office of Inspector General: This workshop will focus on laws, rules, and regulations that govern your daily work activities and the potential consequences for failing to follow them.
Attendees will be shown actual cases conducted by the OIG and will learn how to avoid the same pitfalls. The workshop will also address employee, supervisory, and management responsibilities. A disproportionate number of children of parents with disabilities are entering the foster care system and are being permanently separated from their families. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, have received numerous complaints of discrimination from individuals with disabilities involved with the child welfare system, and the frequency of such complaints is growing.
This workshop will provide an overview of the issues and application of civil rights laws, implementation examples for child welfare agencies and courts, and resources to consult for additional information. Do you sometimes feel like you have lost your direction during home visits? Were you floating along fine and then all of a sudden you are fighting up stream? Through this interactive discussion, workshop attendees will learn to navigate the Florida Practice model by the way of Motivational Interviewing stages and techniques to improve assessment skills while partnering with the family to increase child safety.
So let's push off from shore and go on this journey together. Child welfare professionals are charged with being the gate keeper for the most vulnerable, elderly, underserved, and underprivileged. This workshop will demonstrate how Emotional Intelligence EQ is vital in ensuring a healthy, thriving workforce.
The presenters will discuss on how behavior and perceptions may affect the work place. Case scenarios will be shared to further engage participants in an interactive dialogue. TBRI is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence.
We will explore the risk factors that influence the way children think, trust, and connect with others. A discussion of how these risk factors can change children's brain development and brain chemistry will be included. Attendees will receive strategies and tools to help children along the path to healthy connection and functioning. Thankfully, the commercial sexual exploitation of children CSEC is no longer an unknown issue involving invisible victims. Communities are stepping up to better understand the experiences and needs of these victims. The common risk factors include histories of sexual and physical abuse, being a runaway, and dysfunctional families.
It is also known that high-risk and exploited children have been involved with multiple systems and agencies and are vulnerable in a variety of ways. However, many victims are being exploited through multiple avenues by their trafficker, not just sexually. Exploiters coerce and manipulate their victims to recruit their peers and to sell drugs. Does this make the victim an offender? Hear from a survivor advocate that had to do all three to survive from the young age of 14 and better understand the path to secondary victimization.
Paramount for the families we work with is understanding how their children can be returned to their home, safely. In-home safety planning analysis identifies the conditions that must exist in order for children to either remain in home on an in-home safety plan, or what must change in order for the development of an in-home safety plan. This workshop will explore the in-home safety planning analysis questions and process and the development of conditions for return when an in-home safety plan cannot be established. Participants will be guided through the definitions of each of the in-home safety planning analysis questions, be provided examples of application of the in-home safety planning analysis, and explore the corresponding conditions for return for each of the in-home safety planning analysis questions.
These principles are not only beneficial to one's personal life, but also has major implications about how we carry ourselves as leaders. Dorothy found herself on a journey to purpose, but in that journey she encountered three characters: All four characters had their own struggles but banded together as they realized their success was intertwined. Each of them demonstrated key leadership attributes in their own way that we can learn from; however, there will be characters along the way that will challenge these skills.
These core leadership principles will build the skills of any new leader, encourage the mid-level leader, and even challenge the senior leader to become that "great and powerful Wizard of Oz. Domestic violence is an epidemic that affects thousands of women, children, and men each year and can impact generations to come. There are four main types of abuse in domestic violence situations: Domestic violence is often more than an isolated incident. It is a recurring cycle of violence that often increases in severity over time.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize the abuse they are living with is domestic violence and, as a result, do not seek help. Others know they are living in fear but do not know help is available. Children who live with violence are impacted by that violence whether they were physically abused or not. This workshop session will familiarize individuals on the effects of domestic violence on children, safety planning, service provider safety planning, and appropriate resources.
In this workshop session, presenters will dispel myths and common misconceptions of report acceptance by the hotline. The session is a fun-filled learning experience that will have attendees interacting with each other while learning. This session will strive to bust myths while strengthening partnerships. But Wait, I Am the System: All professionals involved in the child welfare system want to achieve the best outcomes for children and families. But they regularly encounter situations that prevent them from achieving their goals.
Everyone complains that the system needs to be "fixed. This workshop session will actively engage participants in a discussion regarding how their use of positive and effective communication and problem-solving issue resolution approaches can help remove barriers to make the system better for everyone. The presenter will share and ask others to share everyday situations that challenge and frustrate those who work in a very complex system.
Participants will learn best practices on how to successfully resolve issues using various communication strategies.
This workshop will discuss the changes to the EFC program to enable the state to claim Title IV-E matching funds for the existing program. Finally, this workshop will provide an overview of Florida's expansion of Maintenance Adoption Subsidies MAS for children adopted at age 16 and 17 until age Many foster families enter the system with intrinsic motivations, wanting to provide a 'safe haven' for foster children.
Foster parent recruitment efforts continue to gain momentum, as our system often struggles to keep up with a foster parent supply adequate for the demand of children coming into care. New foster families go through PRIDE training, graduate, and are soon then ready for their first placement. Yet how many of these 'newer' foster families come out of PRIDE training certified to be parental substitutes to the children in our system, but are not quite prepared for some of the challenges they soon face? How often are veteran foster families feeling burnt out and unappreciated, or grieving a placement loss?
Our foster families need support. This session will provide attendees with information on practical ways to better support and retain foster families. Hidden Hazards in the Home: Every year in Florida, more children are killed and injured by accidents and negligence than by abuse.
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Most young parents and many child protection workers are unaware of common dangers lurking in the home. In this workshop, data from the annual Child Abuse Death Review Committee Reports will be used to highlight these hazards, and the use of age-specific home safety checklists will be discussed.
These checklists provide specific guidance for those conducting child abuse and neglect investigations to support them in assisting caretakers to identify and address threats to child safety, thereby improving safety outcomes for children. This workshop will focus on integration efforts developed by DACCO Behavioral Health in providing comprehensive services to families with behavioral health needs in the child welfare system. Identifying substance abuse and meeting the complex needs of parents with substance use disorders can be challenging, and parental substance abuse can negatively impact children in many critical ways.
Communication and active collaboration across systems help ensure that parents in need of substance abuse treatment receive appropriate interventions by addressing the specific needs of the parents, and consequently ensuring children's needs are met. A multi-disciplinary approach using the FIT Family Intensive Treatment team model has shown promising results in addressing a family's strengths and needs, allowing for enhanced decision making and planning. Ultimately, parental functioning is improved through increased caregiver protective capacities, leading to successful reunification efforts.
Learning to be the Boss of Me: Executive function skills are fundamental to building a strong foundation for the early development of both cognitive and social competencies. Children who are able to focus their attention, control impulses, follow rules, and adjust to changing demands tend to be more successful in school and life.
Stress, neglect, abuse, and environmental trauma negatively impact the development of these critical skills. This interactive presentation will invite attendees to participate in multiple activities designed to support and enhance the executive functions of preschool-aged children. In a sea of ever-changing policies, practices, and procedures, it is easy for child welfare professionals to become overwhelmed. Keeping up with daily tasks and timelines, while also putting out fires, we often run adrift of the foundational concepts and guidelines of our profession.
The "Least Intrusive Means" are the lighthouse that helps guides all interactions between the child welfare professional and the families they serve. Least intrusive methods are not only required throughout the child welfare journey, but can also provide clarity to necessary actions, assist both the child welfare professional and the family to make decisions that will benefit their family, and ultimately ensure the safety of their children. Let's Get It Right: Current estimates of sexual abuse among children in placement range from 75 to 85 percent. Equally important is the individual's level of comfort in discussing sexual abuse and normal sexual issues.
When such skills are learned, knowing caregivers can make the most crucial difference for a child recovering from the trauma of sexual abuse. Kinship care placements breakdown at a generally higher rate than licensed care placements. This is often due to the lack of support kinship caregivers are provided by the system. Professionals can prevent many of these breakdowns by developing a supportive relationship with the caregiver and the family system starting at the initial meeting. Linking kin caregivers to their natural supports can also have very positive outcomes. This session provides the professional worker with tools and strategies for engaging the entire family system.
The Florida Adoption Reunion Registry FARR was established in by the Florida Legislature to help reunite adult adoptees with their birth family, without having to take court actions to accomplish this goal. In addition, the registry also provides non-identifying information to adoptive parents and adult adoptees upon their written requests. Workshop participants will receive an overview of the reunion registry process including the requesting of information from closed adoption files, type of information that can be provided to a requestor, and how to file a petition with the court to have a record opened.
Participants attending this workshop will have a first-hand look at the often difficult journey of a family struggling with addiction while attempting to navigate the child welfare system. Utilization of the wraparound process will be demonstrated via a Family Team Meeting, showing the effectiveness of strength-based, family-centered advocacy on behalf of the family. Workshop session highlights include: Research on the importance of engaging parents in the educational process is plentiful.
Offering small group or even home-visitation parenting education has been shown to be one effective means for engaging parents while teaching them positive attitudes and effective parenting skills to protect and prepare their children for life in the 21st century. But what tools do professionals need in order to engage parents in the actual process of parent engagement? Through a lively combination of brief video vignettes, experiential activity, and group discussion, presentation participants will learn how to integrate such tools into their work with parents. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to review a working model of the Parent Partner program and learn steps to assess their readiness to utilize parents and protective factors to engage families in services.
So many of us are committed to engaging and working with our families. However, despite our best efforts, we still come across roadblocks and barriers that seem to hinder the positive outcomes we hope for.
This interactive workshop will focus on best practices to structure family and youth engagement in our systems and create meaningful partnerships with the individuals we serve. The families will relay strategies that worked best for them, what their greatest struggles were, and what they needed most from those around them. Child welfare professionals are at very high risk for secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout, yet little attention is given to the impact in terms of job performance, turnover, and job satisfaction. This workshop is designed to use humor and humility to candidly address the importance of self-care, physical and emotional well-being, and perseverance.
Remember that adorable little 5-year-old who quickly crawled into your lap, and then begged to come home with you, just two minutes into first meeting the child? What about the tiny-framed year-old, who had no social circle and struggled to empathize with others? These experiences are not uncommon to those in child welfare. This interactive workshop will engage participants to examine the impact various family dynamics and conditions have on child development and attachment. The workshop will include discussions on how to recognize potential developmental challenges and attachment issues, which are often the result of unsafe or unhealthy household conditions.
Participants will discover how multidisciplinary collaborations may assist in the support of these children who have found themselves in the system of care. At least , children in the State of Florida have at least one incarcerated parent. In this workshop, participants will learn the impacts of incarceration on early childhood and brain development. Research-based interventions and case studies will be explored through various case studies and family trees.
Toward the end of the workshop, participants will engage in small and large group discussions about systemic changes needed to create local systems of care for this vulnerable population. Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse: Domestic violence is a complex and layered social concern that greatly impacts survivors and their children, especially when there is a co-occurrence of substance abuse. When working with families involved in the child welfare system who are experiencing both domestic violence and substance misuse, the response makes a difference in whether a perpetrator is held accountable or a survivor is re-victimized.
This workshop will discuss the importance of a multi-faceted response to simultaneously address the coercive control actions utilized by the perpetrator, the safety of the child and adult survivor, and any underlying substance misuse that might exist. This workshop will also discuss the dynamics and common misconceptions about domestic violence and substance abuse, Finally, this workshop will explore techniques for engaging perpetrators, promoting child and family safety, and utilizing your local domestic violence advocate s for consultation and support.
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