DCF Child Protection Summit Draws More Than 3,000 Attendees

For Immediate Release: September 9, 2016

DCF Child Protection Summit Draws More Than 3,000 Attendees
DCF Secretary Mike Carroll and experts share vision for child welfare

ORLANDO - The Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) 2016 Child Protection Summit, held this week from Wednesday to Friday in Orlando, included more than 3,200 individuals representing approximately 240 organizations. The annual three-day summit is Florida’s largest gathering of child welfare professionals to receive continuing education, share best practices, and collaborate to advance child welfare services and partnerships.

In Wednesday’s general opening session, DCF Secretary Mike Carroll emphasized the importance of partnerships, expressed that our work will never be done, and praised the professionals who work every day to protect and support children, as well as help families recover.

“Child safety and well-being are not and should never be the sole domain of a single agency, community organization, or program,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. "The safety and well-being of our children is and will always be everyone’s responsibility.”

In Thursday’s general session, Child Welfare Excellence and Lifesaver Award recipients were recognized by Secretary Carroll and partners for advancing child welfare practices and outstanding individual efforts that resulted in lives saved. Workshops and classes continued through Friday.

During the closing general session today, the 2016 class of the Florida Youth Leadership Academy graduated from the leadership program and performed an original song with Motivational Edge. The Protecting the Light award was also presented by Secretary Carroll to the first and former assistant secretary for child welfare, Janice Thomas, in recognition of her contribution to the child welfare system in Florida.

Attendees included attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, members of the judiciary, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals, service providers and youth. The event provides child welfare professionals and foster and adoptive parents the opportunity to meet and network while they attend workshops led by child welfare experts from around the country.

Contact: David Frady, DCF Press Secretary, David.Frady@myflfamilies.com