2020 Virtual Sessions

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our child welfare community and those we serve is the FCC’s utmost priority, the Florida Coalition for Children Foundation Board of Directors unanimously decided to cancel the in-person 2020 FCC Annual Conference.

Instead, FCC will be hosting virtual conference sessions as part of our new and growing virtual Learning Community. For the remainder of 2020, FCC will host a variety of virtual training opportunities. These 90-minute sessions will feature presenters across our continuum of care and will highlight a variety of child well-being topics. To register for the sessions, click the “register now” link under each session.

Participants may register for sessions individually at $35/session for members and $50/session for nonmembers. CEU credits will be offered for each session.

Participants will receive login information for each session 48 hours prior to the session start time. 

Questions? Please contact [email protected].


2020 Sessions

Thursday October 29, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Integration of Behavioral Health and Child Welfare: A CBC Lead Agency Approach

Kimberly McGrath, Director of Programs and Services, Citrus Family Care, Beverly Jean-Jacques, Director of Prevention Services and Intake, Citrus Family Care and Dr. Gihan Omar, Clinical Coordinator for the Foster Care and Citrus Helping Adolescents Negatively impacted by Commercial Exploitation, Citrus Family Care.

The focus of the presentation is to demonstrate Citrus Family Care Network’s efforts to integrate behavioral health and child welfare from initial investigation to permanency. These efforts demonstrate the collaboration between community partners to bridge gaps in our system of care. The format of the presentation is a case example from investigations to permanency highlighting the following programs: 1) The Child Welfare Integration and Support Team (CWIST) provides DCF PI’s with immediate consultation and assessment by Subject Matter Experts to facilitate the assessment of the family and determine needed interventions 2) The Children’s Reception and Intake Base (CRIB) provides a child-focused environment designed to mitigate the trauma of removal utilizing Transitional Trauma Therapists (TTT) 3) Behavioral Health Coordinators at the CBC Lead Agency are reviewing cases at intake, linking for assessment and treatment, and remaining in close contact with the FCMA post linkage for continued monitoring 4) The Youth Support Team has been implemented to provide crisis support, behavioral management support and training, and intense clinical intervention for youth at risk of disruption. This presentation is an example of a vision that was brought to reality with the assistance of many community partners and collaboration.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

12:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

The Value of Youth Voice in Preparation for Self-Sufficiency

Brandie McCabe, Director of Policy and Youth Engagement, Florida Coalition for Children, Dr. Elizabeth Wynter, Executive Director, Selfless Love Foundation, Dr. Amy Dworsky, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall, and Diamond Whitley, John Watson and Rayla James, One Voice IMPAACT Youth.

Why are youth transitioning out of foster care faring worse than their same-age peers? Why are less than 5% obtaining a bachelor’s degree despite federal Chafee stipends and state tuition waivers? Are Florida’s independent living programs adequately preparing youth for self-sufficiency? This webinar provides a multi-layered perspective on this topic- from national research findings and statewide data to recommendations from youth with lived experience. Learn about efforts to create independent living quality standards. Listen to former foster youth share their personal stories of transition to adulthood and ideas on how youth voice can improve long-term outcomes.

This session is sponsored by Selfless Love Foundation, thank you for your continued support!

Thursday, July 9, 2020 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Beyond Burnout: The CE-CERT Model for Secondary Trauma

Roy W. Van Tassell, MS LPC, Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions, Centene Health

Staff retention, burnout and secondary trauma are epidemic for organizations, staff and caregivers who work with children exposed to toxic stress. Regrettably the best advice usually offered is: “Do more self-care”! Sustaining in this work means more than just “surviving.” A new evidence-informed model; Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT) teaches 5 specific skills for ALL helpers in any role to get beyond self-care. These tools help us emotionally connect, thrive and move “beyond burn-out.”

A Components-Based Practice and Supervision Model for Reducing Compassion Fatigue by Affecting Clinician Experience (Miller, B. and Sprang, G., 2016)

Thursday, August 6, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Examining the Relationship Between Childhood Trauma and Symptoms of ADHD

Chad Sedam, Ph.D, CRC, Trainer II, Sunshine Health

Symptoms of ADHD and symptoms of being exposed to significant trauma are often very similar. Insight into these symptoms is processed with relation to how toxic stress alters brain structure, how repetitive trauma is often seen as impulsivity and/or hyperactivity in children (and easily can be misdiagnosed), and how frequent placement disruptions in foster care can exacerbate these symptoms. Open discussion of various modalities of treatment and caregiving modalities are discussed from a therapeutic and parenting standpoint to assist professionals and caregivers in understanding ways to help these children cope with and process underlying trauma. This is done in hopes of minimizing placement disruptions, and potentially decreasing additional trauma symptoms.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Value of the Youth Voice in Placement Stability

Dr. Peter Pecora, Managing Director of Research Services for Casey Family Programs & OVI Youth Leaders, Rayla James, John Watson, & Diamond Whitley

Who is affected by placement changes in the foster care system? Why does placement stability matter? Learn the key reasons why placement disruptions should be minimized and what factors would lower the risk of frequent changes in placement. Listen to former foster youth share their personal stories and ideas on how youth voices can help stabilize and sustain placements. Discuss opportunities to create space for youth voices and develop plans to elevate practice around potential disruptions. 

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Shining a Light on Licensing: Quality vs Quantity-You Can Have Both

Tiffany Ball, Licensing Manager, Family Support Services of Northeast Florida
Melody Jones, DCF Operations Review Specialist, Department of Children and Families

This presentation explores how to evaluate, process, and expedite the licensing process for level one child specific kinship caregivers as well as prospective level II-V foster parents. The material will provide tools and best practices for ensuring quality while processing large quantities of homes. An in-depth discussion of the Northeast Region Foster Care Review Committee process will be shared which is used to evaluate risk management and safety for pre and post-licensure This presentation will also highlight the collaboration, information sharing and partnership between CBC, case management, caregivers, external stakeholders, legal and DCF.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Eva Horner, President/CEO, Child Welfare Solutions

Through studying the brain, we know that when our cortisol levels are too high, our executive function is off-line. And when that happens over an extended period of time, how effective are we? Can we be a source of vision, imagination or wisdom if our brains are on fire? This workshop will bring to you solutions that you can access anywhere and anytime. The ancient practice of yoga is more than exercise; it is a practice that is proven to reduce stress levels, improving your ability to be who our families and workforce need you to be.

Don’t worry! We won’t turn our bodies into pretzels or sweat but do wear comfortable clothes for this workshop and be prepared to kick those shoes off!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Best Practices for Child Welfare Risk Management

April E. Rolle, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, Heartland for Children, Mark A. Connolly., Attorney at Law,  Shumaker.

Child welfare is an area that is riddled with risk. The more we are aware of those risks, the better our system will be. Attorneys April Rolle and Mark Connolly will discuss case law and best practices to prevent litigation and best practices when litigation is imminent. They will discuss specific pitfalls and challenges our agencies face and how we can come together to reduce system risks. It is their goal to “illuminate the future” by sharing their legal wisdom on legal trends, and facilitate a discussion of how we can implement statewide practices to create a stronger system.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Co-Parenting – Moving Forward

Amanda Cruce, President, Florida FAPA

In this workshop we will look at the big picture of relationships between the foster parent, the birth parent and the relative caregiver. We will dialogue about some myth busters and how working together can positively impact children and alumni in foster care and their families. Join us for an interactive session that will highlight strategies to support foster parents, birth parents and relative caregivers in building connections and using their voices to transform systems, policies and practices to improve permanency outcomes for children and families. We will also introduce a new cutting-edge parenting partnership tool.