This page contains all continuing education resources in the Families topic.
ABCs of Guiding the Child
An article with twenty-one tips for raising and guiding children with notes on mutual respect, encouragement, rewards and punishment, understanding misbehavior and other topics.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study
A large investigation assessing associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Birth Parents with Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System
A guide for court-based child advocates by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network addressing several common questions about trauma in parents and children.
Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children
A paper by Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD on the consequences of emotional neglect in childhood as it relates to bonding and attachment in maltreated children.
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Closing the Gap: Cultural Perspectives on Family-Driven Care
A paper about the interaction between family involvement in behavioral health systems of care and cultural and linguistic competence, describing family-driven care from four cultural perspectives and the importance of incorporating the family's culture wh
Effect of Family Income on Risk of Child Maltreatment, The
A paper describing research done to measure the effect of income on the risk of maltreatment reported to the child welfare system and finding consistent evidence of a causal effect.
Effects of Separation On Young Children: Implications for Family Court Decision Making
A short paper by Peter Ernest Haiman, PhD on the effects of separation on young children: developing a secure bond, the pain of separation and how family courts need to be more responsive.
Engaging Families Through Creative, Safe and Promising Family Time Practices
A video with tips for volunteers and staff on enhancing the visitation experience between families and children, understanding the removal process and importance of family time.
Engaging Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Cases
A brief for guardians ad litem on the impact of nonresident father involvement on child welfare outcomes by the National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System with the American Bar Association and American Humane
Florida's Center for Child Welfare
A periodic newsletter of articles covering hot topics, new information and resources published by Florida's Center for Child Welfare at the University of South Florida.
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Florida's Family-Centered Practice Framework
A paper providing a family-centered practice framework for the child welfare system with descriptions of values, principles and practice expectations as well as considerations for implementation.
Florida's Quality Parenting Initiative Just In Time Training
A large index of online training videos with slides and quizzes for guardians ad litem, foster parents, caregivers and staff curated by Florida's Center for Child Welfare.
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Four Goals of Misbehavior
A table of the four goals of misbehavior — attention, power, revenge and display of inadequacy — with columns for the child's faulty belief, the child's goal, the adult's feeling, the child's response to correction attempts and alternatives for parents an
Future of Family Engagement in Residential Care Settings, The
A paper summarizing from research and explorations the use of best practices and evidence-based approaches for family-centered care in residential settings.
Impact of Mental Illness on Family Functioning and Child Well-Being, The
A video presentation and slides discussing the impact of mental illness on children, risk and protective factors, how we keep kids safe and correlations between mental illness and the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative Issue Briefs 1–6
Six briefing papers from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative covering foster care topics and a range of related issues.
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Judges' Page, The
A newsletter of articles on various child welfare topics published several times per year by the National CASA Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
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Module 7: Becoming An Advocate
A training slide deck by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network on how to be an advocate and support trauma-focused assessment and treatment for a child.
My Brother, My Sister, Me: Sibling Relationships vs. a System of Care
A slide presentation on the legal requirements governing sibling placement, visitation and adoption; the importance of maintaining siblings together; and how our actions affect siblings and those who love them.
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
A fact sheet produced by the Children's Defense Fund about the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) introduced during the 113th Congress (2013–2014) and signed into law on September 29, 2014.
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Promoting Placement Stability
The Spring 2010 issue of CW360°, a publication of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare.
A short film made with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage and be useful in foster parent training and raising up foster parents.
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Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education: Including Men
A paper discussing how the involvement of men in childcare centers reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, helps create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all family members and contributes to a child's social and emotional development.
Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education: Mental Health Consultation
A paper discussing how children's mental health is critical to their ability to get ready for school, providing help with children's challenging behaviors, the roles of mental health consultants and program examples.
Strengthening Families Through Early Care and Education: Promoting Children's Healthy Social and Emotional Development
A paper discussing how promoting children's social and emotional development contributes to reducing child abuse and neglect, ways that programs can promote this development and examples of successful implementations.
Tools of Encouragement
An article on the importance of encouragement, positive feedback that focuses primarily on effort or improvement rather than on outcomes by recognizing, accepting and conveying faith in a child for the mere fact that he or she exists.
Tuition Exemption for Students in or Formerly in Nonrelative Custody
A memorandum from the Florida Department of Children and Families on the 2014 amendment to §1009.25, Florida Statutes, expanding tuition fee exemptions to students who are or were in the custody of a nonrelative when they turned eighteen.