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DCF Office of Family Safety Training Bulletins

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October 2008
The October 2008 edition features articles on the ways in which Supervisors in Child Protective Investigations can serve as mentors to help guide staff in the appropriate determination of findings; information on helping to safely keep children out of foster care by supporting kinship caregivers; a Community-Based Care perspective on the QA system redesign; a Save the Date alert for upcoming one-day Domestic Violence trainings for child welfare professionals; prevention material on choosing child care; information on the Visitation Plan from the FSFN FACTS & FAQs Corner; and a listing of August 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

September 2008
The September 2008 "Child Safety Month" edition features articles on child passenger safety; information and tips on ways to help prevent childhood injuries (falls, drowning, poisoning and burns); and a listing of July 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

August 2008
The August 2008 edition features articles on human trafficking of children; material on the 2008 Convening on Youth Permanence; information regarding certification requirements for licensing staff; the FSFN Facts and FAQs Corner; a brief highlight of an Office of Family Safety staff member; a listing of June 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety; and a link to a survey about the Training Bulletin.

July 2008
The July 2008 edition features articles on the upcoming 2008 Dependency Summit; an article recapping the documentation requirements for adoption assistance; implementation information on the new regional QA model; guidelines for helping to keep infants safe while sleeping; information from Children's Medical Services on their Early Steps intervention program; tips for keeping children safe when they are able to be left home alone for short periods of time; the FSFN Facts and FAQs Corner; a listing of May 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety; and a link to a survey about the Training Bulletin.

June 2008
The June 2008 edition features articles on highlights of the 2008 legislative changes in child welfare; information on the new Alternative Response System (ARS) pilot; tips for engaging fathers in the lives of their children; clarification of subsidized child care eligibility requirements for Relative Caregiver Program recipients; information on the 2008 Legislative Training Implementation Plan; tips for keeping children safe both in the car as well as in and around water; information on the recent Florida Youth SHINE visit to the Capitol; the FSFN Facts and FAQs Corner; and a listing of April 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

May 2008
The May 2008 edition features articles on You Can Change a Lifetime!, the May 2008 National Foster Care Month campaign; information on the new ICPC process; an article about how the Behavior Analysis Services Program (BASP) is working to help with runaways; prevention information from Healthy Families Florida; a review of available training resources on working with independent living youth; information about the upcoming New Directions in Adoption conference; material on the Access and Visitation Grant; registration information for upcoming Regional Trainings; a Save the Date notice for individuals interested in learning about the new Licensing Rule (65C-13, F.A.C.); the FSFN Facts and FAQs Corner; a brief highlight of an Office of Family Safety staff member; and a listing of March 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

April 2008 Special Training Bulletin
The April 2008 "Special Bulletin" edition features critical information on "No Jurisdiction" and "Duplicate" investigative closures, and should be shared with all persons responsible for closing or for reviewing/overseeing the closure of investigative cases.

April 2008
The April 2008 edition features articles on the Winds of ChangeIts Your Turn!, the April 2008 Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign from Prevent Child Abuse Florida; information on the CFSR process and preliminary findings; a Quiz Check on 2nd Party Reviewing; an overview of the new regional Quality Assurance model; tips on home visit basics; a FSFN Facts and FAQs Corner; a brief highlight of an Office of Family Safety staff member; a link to the March 2008 issue of the statewide legal newsletter; and a listing of February 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

March 2008
The March 2008 edition features articles on the "Missing Children Guide", prevention and intervention of chronic neglect through Respite Care Services, tips for connecting with children in the home visit process, more Dependency Court videos available, Medical Foster Care (MFC) Program, the challenge of helping children with behavioral and emotional issues, and January 2008 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

February 2008
The February 2008 edition features articles on the preliminary results from the January 2008 CFSR; a family guide to dependency court; a summary of requirements for case manager visits with children; an article on involving foster parents/caregivers in family visits; and a listing of December 2007 Memos from the Office of Family Safety.

January 2008
The January 2008 edition features articles on Headquarters memos, best practices found in Florida's Statewide Assessment, Disproportionality, documentation elements, finding parents and an ICPC crossword.

November 2007
The November edition features articles on the upcoming Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), National Adoption Month, Floridas Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice, new Placement Unit in Circuit 4, CFSR Outcome Permanency 2: Item 12 Placement Stability, improving services to youth in, and transitioning out of foster care, and the Fee Waiver.

October 2007
The October 07 edition of the Family Safety Training Bulletin features articles on: The Dependency Summit - Back and Better than Ever in 2007!, What to Do When Older Youth Say They Do Not Want To Be Adopted, PIP TIPS, ICPC - Intact Family Placements, and Recognizing Child Protection Professionals at the 2007 Dependency Summit.

September 2007
The September 07 edition of the Family Safety Training Bulletin features articles on: Keeping Children Safe Act, the ABCs of Family Assessment, Placement Instability in Out-of-Home Placements, In-service Regional Training, Impact of Parents Substance Abuse on Children, the Florida Adoption Exchange System, and Priority Placements through the Interstate Compact.

August 2007
The August edition features articles on: Child Welfare and Substance Abuse Series: Known Factors That Increase Risk; Ways Substance Abuse Puts the Child at Risk; Determining if Alcohol or Drug Abuse is a Factor in a Child Welfare Case; Screenings and Initial Assessments; 2007 Dependency Summit Child Protective Investigations Breakout Session, Educational and Career Path for Children in Foster Care, Out-of-State Payments for Interstate Placements, and the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry.

July 2007
The July 07 edition of the Office of Family Safety Training Bulletin features a 2007 legislative update/summary of bills affecting child welfare, information on the upcoming 2007 Dependency Summit, a review of the instrument checklist used in case file reviews during the upcoming CFSR (Child and Family Services Review), written age appropriate activities plans for youth in care, and ICAMA in Florida - documents needed for adopted special needs children receiving adoption subsidy who are moving into and out of Florida.

June 2007
The June edition features articles on the Secretarys Action Plan for the Improvement of Child Protective Investigations, Florida youth Leadership Academy Program, Florida Statutes and Goals for Children in Care, About the Office on Homelessness, Unaccompanied Refugee Minors, and The Compact and Disaster Preparation and Response Plan.

May 2007
The May edition of the Family Safety Training Bulletin features articles on the Governor's announcement of Florida's access to the National Crime Database, Secretary's Action Plan for the improvement of child protective investigations, Domestic Violence and Child Victimization tutorial, Annual National Adoption conference, subsidized child care for "at risk" children, normalcy for youth in care, ICPC mini-quiz, and a Child and Family Services Review calendar of events.

April 2007
This edition features articles on Floridas Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice, the correct use of incident dates, recognizing false incident reports, an ICPC Mini Quiz, a trauma informed child welfare system, optimal use of psychotherapeutic medications for children in care, the Medicaid Child Welfare Prepaid Mental Health Plan, and an update on current and repealed Florida Administrative Code Rules.

March 2007
The March 07 editions features articles on the Florida Safe Families Network, Best Practice Guidelines on Adoption Subsidies, Questions and Answers on the Second Round of the CHild and Family Services Reviews, Licensing Rule Revisions, National Legislation impacting Child Welfare, and The INterstate Compact and Non-Offending Parents.

January 2007
January bulletin includes articles on APPLAs (Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement), Online Permanency Resources, The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, Training and Certification, Regional Training on Child Safety, Foster Parent Testimonials, SACWIS Update, ICPC Library.

December 2006

November 2006