FFCR Hosts Its First Advanced Training Institute

FFCR is proud of our 73 active volunteers, each of whom is committed to serving on a Citizen Review Panel (CRP) at least one day per month. Some of our volunteers are also involved with our Permanency Roundtable Program (PRT). Before serving, every volunteer must engage in 25 hours of pre-service training and to remain active, they are each required to complete ten hours of ongoing training annually.

On September 13th more than 30 FFCR staff members and volunteers gathered for the day in the United Way’s Ryder Room to participate in FFCR’s first annual Advanced Training Institute, specifically tailored for our volunteers. Robert Latham, Esq., Associate Director of the University of Miami’s School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic, kicked off the Institute with an informative presentation about recent changes to Florida and federal child welfare law. Abel Delgado, Esq., Our Kids, Inc.’s Youth Services Legal Specialist, provided an extensive review of policies and statutes affecting young adults in the Extended Foster Care Program. To conclude the training, Bree Bofill, Our Kids, Inc.’s Adoption Supervisor, engaged in a heartfelt and in-depth discussion about the adoption timeline and the intricacies of the adoption process. FFCR staff facilitated a discussion with participants and presenters to connect the information provided to their work during CRP hearings and PRT sessions. We are grateful to Robert, Abel, and Bree for sharing their time and expertise with FFCR and to all the volunteers who were able to participate in this important training.

Robert Latham, Esq., Associate Director of the UM Children & Youth Law Clinic, presented on statutory and legal updates in dependency law.

Bree Bofill, Adoptions Supervisor at Our Kids, explains the adoption timeline to volunteers and staff.

Abel Delgado, Esq., Independent Living Legal Specialist at Our Kids, lectured on Extended Foster Care.