Florida's Center for Child Welfare
Centers & Initiatives
Florida Department of Children and Families
The Center for Child Welfare was established to provide information, collaboration, and program support to Florida’s professional child welfare stakeholders. It is funded through a contract with Florida’s Department of Children and Families. The Center functions under the guidance of a public/private statewide Steering Committee of public/ private stakeholders. Services include a fully searchable on-line knowledge library categorized by program area, a comprehensive credentialed video training component for professionals, statewide and local live web events hosted and supported by staff, responding and posting of Frequently Asked Questions submitted by professionals,and a collaboration component that serves as an interactive on-line information-sharing portal where peers and experts can interact with each other and develop on-line learning.
- Ensure engagement and consistent information flow to Florida’s child welfare and related professionals.
- Enhance efficiencies in information sharing by creating access and linkages to existing resources within Florida’s child welfare environment.
- Link customers to resources, innovations, and evidence-based models throughout the country.
- Enable virtual meetings and webcasts to replace conference calls and statewide meetings and live training.
- Apply multimedia knowledge sharing by hosting and or video-taping events including conference and training workshops and other expert presentations and producing videos which are made available on the Center web portal.
- Expand availability of credentialed child welfare training component; adding, enhancing, and posting professional training for recertification credits
Improve child welfare service operations in Florida through the identification, expansion, and transfer of expert knowledge and best practices in child welfare case practice, direct services, management, finance, policy, and organizational development to child welfare and child protection stakeholders throughout Florida.
- Registered users – 6,414 (Florida’s child welfare and related professionals) of The Center’s web portal to date.
- Unique users – Average monthly total of daily unduplicated users for FY14 is 48,745, a 5.8% increase from FY13.
- Hits – Average monthly total hits in FY13-14 are 1,113,000.
- Training videos with 2,365 in-service hours are available online.
- Over 200 other multimedia resources.