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Technical Assistance Papers (TAPs)
Education of Homeless Children and Youth (FY 2005-007) (August 2005)
Presentations
Educational Support for Students and Families: A Look at New Opportunities to Address the Needs of Children in Foster Care and Creating a "Military Friendly State" in Florida (Bettye Hyle, Gria Davison, Debbie Winters, and Rich Downs) — AMM 2004
Other Resources
Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect — This one-hour course has been designed for teachers in grades 1 through 12, and satisfies the requirement specified in Florida Statute Section 1012.98(12).
Foster Care Caregiver's Guide on PreK-12 Education and Related Services — This fact sheet is designed to provide caregivers with information necessary to support the educational process for foster youth in Florida.
Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series — Compiled by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, this series provides guidance on identifying, preventing, and effectively responding to child maltreatment. Ordering information is available at this site.
Child Abuse Prevention Sourcebook for Florida School Personnel: A Tool for Reporting Abuse and Supporting the Child (Updated 2015) (PDF Download) — Delveoped by the Student Support Services Project for the Florida Department of Education (in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services), this sourcebook provides Florida teachers and other school district employees information about their legal responsibilities as mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and/or neglect, to assist them in recognizing indicators of abuse and neglect, and to better prepare them to support students who have been maltreated.
Foster Care/Educational Interagency Agreement: Documents and Information — The following resources pertain to the Interagency Agreement between the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Florida Department of Education, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities to coordinate services for children served by the Florida Child Welfare System.
  • 2012 Interagency Agreement and Implementation Guide (PDF Download)
  • Electronic Data Sharing Agreement Template (PDF Download)
  • Protocol for Information-Sharing in Accordance with DCF and DOE Interagency Agreement (PDF Download)
Interagency Agreements: Improving Educational Outcomes for Florida's Children in Foster Care (2007) (PDF Download) —This report identifies the districts that have adopted interagency agreements and assesses whether the agreements include key provisions necessary to collaboratively address educational issues. The report also provides recommendations based on promising provisions and practices in Florida and other states, as well as national research and policy reports.
Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (PDF Download) — This guide will be most useful for college financial aid professionals, independent living coordinators, guidance counselors, financial aid counselors, social workers and advocates who are helping youth to secure the maximum allowable financial aid. Although the document is developed for California use, the information is quite valuable.