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Summit Brings Together Community & USF
Tuesday, October 10, 2000 The University of South Florida's Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities will sponsor a summit on Monday, November 6th from 1-6:30pm at the University's Tampa campus.
CFS Attends Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental Health: Developing a National Agenda
Tuesday, October 10, 2000 At the request of the US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, over 300 professionals, researchers, advocates, parents, and youth gathered in Washington DC, September 18 & 19, to develop an action plan to improve the mental health of children in this country. CFS Chair Bob Friedman and Lynn Pedraza were among the presenters at the conference while additional staff members Al Duchnowski, Mary Evans, and Krista Kutash were facilitators/recorders at break-out groups convened to develop concrete action steps that the Surgeon General can advocate for in his federal leadership role.
CFS's Good Work Results in Renewals and New Support!
Tuesday, October 10, 2000 Starting this summer, a similar approach in Texas helped to create a partnership with CFS and Texas A&M University. In July, federal funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy was provided to three universities to create general health research centers. The Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University was selected to conduct research on access to health issues for the Latino population. Their proposal, consisting of six projects, includes one proposed by CFS's Ricardo Contreras and Marlynn May of Texas A&M, entitled Community Outreach and Social Support: Promotora Programs on the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Florida's Positive Behavioral Support Project Has Busy Year
Sunday, September 10, 2000 Hopefully, as Florida's Positive Behavioral Support Project (FPBSP) continues to expand, teachers, related services personnel, administrators, and family members will receive the support they need to address the challenging behaviors students bring in today's classrooms.
New Program for Parents Results from Community THINKing
Saturday, September 9, 2000 What is the day like for parents of children who suffer from serious emotional and behavioral disturbances? How are they affected? The Department of Child and Family Studies' Eloise Boterf, mother of two children with special needs, knows too well. "The whole family is under strain as exhausted parents devote so much energy to one child," she said, "never getting a break themselves, and unable to give sufficient attention to other children. It is difficult to find a babysitter, and even more difficult to find and maintain good jobs when both childcare centers and schools require parents to remove their child on a regular basis."
Consortium for Child Welfare Studies Is Off to a Busy Start
Tuesday, August 8, 2000 The new Consortium for Child Welfare Studies (CCWS) within the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) was launched just six months ago, and already has been involved in much work. Committed to building community partnerships and engaging in projects which bridge mental health and child welfare systems of care, CCWS responds to community needs by developing, implementing, and evaluating systemic interventions. CCWS is already under contract with three agencies.
CFS Helps Ruskin's Parents Find Strengths in Their Community
Tuesday, August 8, 2000 Over the last month, in the midst of arranging her family's move to Philadelphia plus working with thirteen teenagers on an asset-mapping project, Marcela Gutierrez-Mayka took the time to tell us about a Rural Social Services Program (RSSP) project that will result in the first Family Resource Center in Hillsborough County that is not part of a school.
Adolescent Girls and the Internet: CFS Participates in Surveying the Risks
Friday, June 9, 2000 According to the Department of Justice's 1999 Report on Cyberstalking: A New Challenge For Law Enforcement and Industry, there are currently more than 80 million adults and 10 million children with access to the Internet in the United States. The Internet has virtually opened the door to a whole new way of life, providing a one-stop place to work, shop, learn, communicate and voice opinions.
Lessons of Friendship Teach Diversity, Altruism and Increased Self Esteem
Tuesday, June 6, 2000 When typical kids are empowered with the knowledge to understand children with autism and other developmental disabilities, they react in a totally different way than they would otherwise. A program developed by The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) staff members Nila Benito and Marjorie Russell is helping to provide that knowledge.
Promoting Higher Education for Latino Youth: CFS Participates in Kellogg Foundation Initiative
Wednesday, February 2, 2000 On January 18, the Kellogg Foundation announced that eighteen colleges and universities will receive funding through their ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) initiative. Congratulations to USF, Hillsborough Community College, and the Hispanic Services Council for being selected as one of the 18 projects in phase one of the Foundation's six-year, 28.7 million initiative.
CFS Keeps the Presses Rolling with Reports and Training Kits
Sunday, August 8, 1999 Data Trends are produced to increase the dissemination of current research findings in the area of children's mental health services. Each issue summarizes a current publication in the children's mental health area to alert the field to current findings and activities. A citation is given with each summary so the readers will be able to retrieve the original document for further examination. To view previous summaries, visit the RTC website at http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/rtcpubs/datatrendshp.htm. For additional information, please contact Catherine Newman at cnewman@hal.fmhi.usf.edu.
Greater Awareness Brings Increased Demand for CARD's Expertise
Wednesday, July 7, 1999 With the increased awareness of autism, parents are no longer going years before having their children diagnosed. They now know a name for symptoms they see in their child; consequently, the reported incidence of autism is increasing. Some of the latest figures state that researchers believe classic or Kanner autism occurs in 1 in 1000 births, with the milder version, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) approaching 1 in 500 and the high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome nearly 1 in 180.

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