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Neighborhoods Show Positive Results From ChangeMakers and Puentes Collaborative Initiatives
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 Under the umbrella of the Tampa Hillsborough Integrated Network for Kids (THINK) project, The EQUIPO: Puentes Parents and ChangeMaker's of Neighborhoods United groups have been busy with numerous training activities. Designed to bring together formal and informal helpers of children with serious emotional disturbances and their families, the EQUIPO/ChangeMakers are working to create avenues to encourage neighborhood-based care. One of the avenues is relying on informal/natural helpers – people living within the neighborhood who naturally provide emotional and moral support to other families in need. Since they are in a better position to establish links with families, these informal helpers work closely with formal service providers.
CARD Gears up for 2001/2002 Teacher Partnership Program
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 The Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism is now in its third year and currently accepting applications for the 2001-2002 school year. Funded by the DOE's Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, the program is designed to offer training and technical assistance to teachers who wish to enhance the educational program for students with autism in a general or special education program.
CFS Helps Create More Opportunities for Summer Fun for Students with Disabilities
Tuesday, October 9, 2001 For parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs, summertime doesn't usually mean fun camps and great recreational opportunities. Often, since children with special needs require a higher level of direct care than is typically found in school-aged summer programs, they are denied access to the programs that serve their typically developing peers, making this especially difficult for working parents who rely on out-of-school care during summer months. Family financial constraints, geographic locations of childcare facilities, and inexperienced staff also add to the difficulties of placing children with special needs in a quality childcare environment.
CFS Chosen as Partner For National Resource Center
Saturday, October 6, 2001 CFS has just become a partner in a new four-year program to help create a national resource center that will identify and implement practices that promote children's social and emotional competence. With funding provided by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the University of Illinois will serve as coordinating center. USF will partner with the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Connecticut, Education Development Corporation and Tennessee Voices for Children as subcontractors.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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