Transition plans are a critical step in helping children build trust, attach, and ultimately heal. How a child leaves a situation affects the way he enters the next. If we don’t give them what they need now, it will come out in the future. This training session will explain the what, why, and how of transition plans. This training is designed for foster and adoptive parents or any out-of-home caregiver who is transitioning a child into or out of their home. This session is beneficial for any staff in the decision-making role of moving children or those supporting families that care for youth in transition: intake and placement, case management, licensing workers, guardian ad litems, attorney and leadership.
Florida Youth SHINE, an organization of current and former foster youth, will provide participants with tools and strategies to help adults educate and empower young people to know their rights and become better self-advocates. Having knowledge is power, and our youth deserve all the power and knowledge needed to be successful. Florida has great resources and laws to help foster youth. However, many of these youth are uninformed about their rights and privileges under the law. In this workshop, attendees will learn the important laws affecting the lives of children in care, how to empower youth, and educate them on the law. They will learn from the voice of the youth why it is important for children to learn their rights in ways that are age-appropriate and easily understandable. Youth will also share how having this knowledge can help them become empowered to navigate the system and advocate for their success.
(note: this video is not eligible for relicensing hours)
Participants will gain insight on creating a collabrative, well-coordinated process for assessing the child welfare system's support and management of a foster home that is the focus of an investigation. Workshop participants will gain knowledge of the Foster Care Investigations Pilot. They will understand the goals of the pilot and how to improve the experience of foster parents when a report of maltreatment is received regarding the foster home.
Admission to a Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit (CCSU) is the most restrictive level of care and intervention available in our community. While this level of intervention is life-saving, it is critical for everyone working with minors to understand the process and potential impact. In this workshop, you will gain a deeper understanding of when this level of intervention is appropriate, the scope and goal of services in a CCSU, and the need for follow-up care. In small groups, we will also explore the alternatives to involuntary commitment available to youth in your geographic areas and follow-up services. To aid in our discussion, a You-Tube video of a youth's firsthand experience being Baker Acted will be shown. This session is perfect for those on the front lines, making decisions and directing families and supervisors who want to understand the scope of a CCSU.
There is a movement beginning in Florida to work with youth who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System as well as the Department of Children and Families. Within this population, there appears to be a common diagnosis of Disruptive Behavior Disorders. This workshop will address how to engage the youth who have been diagnosed with Disruptive Behavior Disorders and how to engage parents who have given up on the idea that anything can change. The families of these youth are often as defiant toward treatment methods as the youth are toward rules and regulations. The key to helping with these families is engaging them and building rapport as a bridge to them receiving a level of services they have not yet experienced.
Our presenters are not only clinicians, they are foster and adoptive parents that have personal experience with trauma histories. This presentation defines trauma, discusses brain-functioning, and provides some common triggers and responses we see in children. They offer useful information on how to help children who have experienced trauma.
Presenters Kim White and Victoria Camper have lived experience as a foster parent and birth parent. After their presentation you will be able to identify ways to take a "child-centered" approach to coparenting with families of origin. Understand how coparenting improves outcomes measures in terms of success of reunification, minimization of re-traumatization to the child and improved stability of reunification. And, learn specific ways that you can engage families of origin in the coparenting process.
Trey Willoughby, Community Advocate, shares his personal experiences of being on the autism spectrum. He offers advice to others that are on the spectrum and also professionals in how to recognize someone who is autistic and how to handle situations that could be difficult for them.
Our presenter, Anjali Van Drie, explains the ABCs of Behavior. Understanding what causes children to have certain behaviors helps caregivers to better manage them.
Is your a child picky eater? It could be sensory issues! Our presenter, Stephanie Boyer, describes how different sensory issues can present and some techniques to help caregivers facing this challenge.