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Embrace Families’ Diversity Action Team is committed to be the change we want to see for our kids, in our community, and in the world. The bias we aim to address and change is particularly difficult as so much of it is based on unconscious beliefs, associations or attitudes. Taking time to understand how this implicit bias colors our perceptions of those around is a critical first step. This training is designed to help us understand and address implicit bias, especially in the context of how it impacts the children and families we serve.
An overview of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the juvenile justice system.The training will provide an overview of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and the juvenile justice system. The training details the various branches within the agency to include the different programming and services available, as well as, an overview of the case flow and court process.
Since the onset of the pandemic especially, social media is increasingly being exploited to contact, recruit, and sell children and youth for sex. Some traffickers use online ads to target victims, or they will send friend/follow requests to young people in their region, proceed to strike up a conversation, and develop online friendships. These conversations may start off friendly and innocent, but then the traffickers will begin to use manipulation to charm their potential victims. The online friendship quickly evolves to a romantic relationship, and this is where the sextortion techniques are used to lure their victims into human trafficking. During this session, attendees will learn to recognize signs of social media recruitment, and how traffickers lure their victims on the internet. Attendees will learn about the dangers of popular social media dating sites and apps. This session will also discuss popular emojis and their hidden meaning used to communicate sexual gesture when texting or communicating on internet sites and social media apps.
Check out the FL FAPA conference page to see presentation videos from the most recent and past conferences.
Jamie Averett with the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) of the Youth Law Center, provides an overview of QPI principles. She discusses some recent Florida legislation that focuses on the building and supporting respectful partnerships between caregivers, birth families and state and community child welfare professionals. She discusses the process of comfort calls and how they benefit the child by taking the first step to build those respectful partnerships.
Teanna Houston with the Office of Child Welfare talks about the Caregiver Bill of Rights that stems from the 2019 Legislative Session. She will provide information that is based on statewide policy and practice expectations. She will pay particular attention to information sharing and resolving disputes between caregivers and child welfare agencies.
Courtney Smith with the Office of Child Welfare provides an overview of the Federal Family First Prevention and Services Act that is guiding the DCF to create new programs and initiatives to move Florida’s Child Welfare system from a crisis oriented agency to a prevention agency. She describes how the new focus also provides enhanced services and supports to all caregivers of children in out of home care. She explains plans for specialized foster parent training, recruitment incentives and wrap-around supports.