Foster Parent Recruitment & How to Establish Orphan Ministries
Tanya Wilkins, Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption, Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection
Christie O’Brien, Foster and Adoptive Parent
Pastor Chris Johnson, Liberty Baptist Church
A dynamic trio of speakers will touch your heart as they discuss lives transformed by caring homes and foster parents. These are respected parents who nurture children, support families and strengthen our communities.
Gilda P. Ferradaz, Regional Operations Manager, Department of Children and Families
Tyson Elliott, Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator, Department of Children and Families
This workshop will introduce participants to the issue of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and to the Florida Safe Harbor Act. Participants will learn about the relationship between the pimp/trafficker and the victim, and the psychological dynamics used by pimps/traffickers.
Bridging the Gap - Bringing the Church and State Together for Children and Families
Thomas L Lukasik, Executive Director - 4KIDS of South Florida, Inc.
This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of how to develop and maintain a working relationship with government entities. This workshop will demonstrate principles transferable to your organization.
Reversing the Trend of Over Representation
Marcus Smith, DMC Coordinator - DJJ Office of Prevention and Victim Services
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) is the overrepresentation of minority youth contacts and referrals with the justice system relative to the population. Learn what you can do to reduce the number of youth reaching the juvenile justice system.
Operation Strong Families
, Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Director
The Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection in partnership with the Florida Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council, the Department of Children and Families, and Prevent Child Abuse Florida are answering the call to action by joining forces with Florida Military Family and Community Covenant Inc., other agencies and organizations statewide to build and sustain a network of connections to strengthen families.