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CFS Conducts Research on Florida's Foster Children
Sunday, September 9, 2001 CFS's Consortium for Child Welfare Studies has partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families to conduct ongoing analysis of Florida's administrative child protection data. As part of that analysis, intended to provide state and community-level stakeholders with information about Florida's foster system, Rick Brown, Lodi Lipien, Victor Trinidad, and Svetlana Yampolskaya have recently completed a report on Florida's foster children. Measuring the Length of Stay Experiences of Florida's Foster Children focuses on the length of stay in foster care and the flow of children into and out of the foster system. John D. Fluke, along with CFS's Paul Greenbaum and Mario Hernandez provided consultation.
Reaching Out Together Receives Funds to Go Statewide
Wednesday, August 8, 2001 Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties are getting relief from the shortage of quality service providers, thanks to the Reaching Out Together: Paraprofessional Training Project, housed within CFS's Division of Applied Research and Educational Support (DARES). The project began July 15, 2000 with the primary goal of recruiting and training individuals as paraprofessional Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver providers.
New Grant for DARES Will Help Prepare Early Childhood Professionals Better Meet the Needs of Children with Problem Behavior
Saturday, July 7, 2001 In a new project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CFS and Florida State University, Departments of Special Education and Communication Disorders will work together to improve educational supports and services for young children with challenging behavior. State-of-the-art instructional technology will be developed for professionals in early childhood special education programs.
Preparing For Tomorrow: CFS Provides a TIP to Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties
Saturday, July 7, 2001 Congratulations to CFS's Rusty Clark and his team, who have just received a three-year, $538,918 Federal Grant from the US Dept of Education - OSERS to further develop his model related to the transition of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
CFS Evaluates Capital One Leadership Grant
Friday, June 8, 2001 As Co-PI's, CFS staff Mario Hernandez and Ruby Joseph will be evaluating the Capital One Leadership Grant (COLG). This project brings together five local not-for-profit agencies: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Corporation to Develop Communities, Francis House, Hillsborough County Center of Excellence and the National Conference for Community and Justice. As its main goal of identifying and implementing programs that promote resiliency in youth, COLG is committed to helping kids understand their potential by providing positive opportunities that help them expand their thinking and experiences.
Children with Problem Behavior: CFS Offers Help in Three New Projects - Inclusive Early Childhood Programs
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 The US Department of Education has provided funding for a three-year grant that will allow staff from the Division of Applied Research and Educational Support (DARES) within the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) to study three inclusive early childhood programs. The study, Ecological Support for Young Children with Challenging Behavior, Their Peers, and Teachers, will examine how young children, with and without disabilities, learn work and play together. It will focus on developing an understanding of how children with challenging behaviors can best learn to participate positively with peers and teachers in a classroom setting.
Lessons for a Caring Community: CFS Goes to Summer School
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 In order to promote and provide a more stable environment for special needs adoptive children, the Office of Family Safety within the Department of Children and Families has provided $158,563 for CFS's Banyan Family Center to conduct training at eight Florida sites for adoptive families, professionals, and Departmental staff.
CARD Selects Partners for New Program
Wednesday, June 6, 2001 The Family Community Partner Program (FCP) is a collaborative project developed by CARD-USF to help train community partners who, like Susan, are family members of an individual with autism, share and understand CARD's values, and are connected to their local support community.
Tracking THINK: Year Three Arrives
Saturday, May 5, 2001 According to the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 20, or as many as 3 million young people, may have a serious emotional disturbance that impairs their ability to function at an age-appropriate level. Unfortunately, an estimated two thirds of the young people who need mental health services in the US are not getting them. And, just as disturbing, CMHS states that many of the nation's 54,000 children with serious emotional disturbances currently treated in hospitals and residential treatment facilities "would be better served in less restrictive, community-based facilities within an integrated system of care."
CFS Works with 11-Year-Old Who Dreams of Treating All Kids the Same
Thursday, April 12, 2001 When the Children's Board of Hillsborough County Youth as Resources division asked for proposals for student-driven community projects, CFS's (The Department of Child and Family Studies) Marjorie Russell knew the perfect young person to take part. His name is Alvin Hamilton.
RTC Research Conference Hits All-time Attendance Record!
Sunday, March 11, 2001 The 14th Annual Research Conference-A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base was held at the Hyatt Regency Westshore in Tampa February 25-28. With almost 700 attendees, the conference included nearly 200 presentations that were all geared toward understanding and refining methods for strengthening children's mental health service systems.
CFS Team Works to Enhance Resiliency for Children and Youth in Foster Care
Sunday, March 11, 2001 The AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) states 560,000 children were in foster care nationally in 1998. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, between 9,500 and 10,000 children are in foster care each month in the state of Florida. Some have been there only a few days, while others have been there as many as four years, and some their whole lives. These children, of all ages and from all backgrounds, bring emotional, and sometimes physical scars that don't go away. For many, it is a struggle to heal, not only from their reasons for being removed from their homes, but also from the removal itself.
CFS Helps Develop Model to Engage Urban Families
Saturday, March 3, 2001 In an effort to help at-risk children and their families develop skills for improving mental health and educational outcomes, CFS staff members Kathy Armstrong and Mario Hernandez, along with USF developmental pediatrician Jim Scott have secured funding from the Casey Foundation for Families are First Teachers: A Demonstration Project for Engaging Urban Families to Support Infants and Young Children with Challenging Behaviors. Children from six weeks to five years of age will be served at Luther Village, a subsidized neighborhood childcare center located within a Hillsborough County neighborhood commonly referred as "Suitcase City." In this area, many families face the challenges of high poverty, low employment opportunities, drug abuse, crime, and a lack of transportation.
CFS's Reaching Out Together Reaches Goal!
Friday, February 9, 2001 Last summer, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council provided funding for CFS to help increase the number of service providers for people with developmental disabilities in the Tampa Bay area. Under section 1915 (c) of the Social Security Act, Federal regulations permit medicaid home and community based service waiver programs to serve the elderly, persons with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, mental retardation or mental illness. States are afforded the flexibility to develop community-based treatment alternatives such as case management, homemaker/home health aide services, personal care services, adult day health, habilitation, and respite care at costs no higher than that of institutional care. This allows individuals to preserve their independence and ties to family and friends. With the new waiver regulations in effect, the number of persons served has doubled, and has greatly increased the need for additional service providers.
CFS Heads Analysis Group for Children's Board
Friday, February 2, 2001 Research has confirmed that caregiver interactions with young children - and the experiences they provide them - greatly impact the child's emotional development, learning skills, and how they function later in life. Sadly, many children in Hillsborough County, as elsewhere, are exposed to stressful conditions during this critical period of infancy to preschool when brain development is rapid and most vulnerable to the environmental influences such as family instability, poor neighborhoods, family and community violence, substa nce abuse and mental illness.

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