The Florida Network
April 26, 2002 Assembled & Produced by Jessica Radigan
Inside this issue…
Important Dates . . . . . . . . . . 2
From the Desk of Dee . . . . . . . . . . 3
Title IV-E Update . . . . . . . . . . 3
Data Information . . . . . . . . . . 4
Safe Place Update . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jessica’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . 5
Trainings . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . 9
BOB Retreat Flyer . . . . . . . . . . 13
SPRING IS IN THE AIR! Don’t let all
of this fresh air and sunshine make you
forget your IMPORTANT DATES!
April 29, 2002 – Title IV-E Conference Call
April 29, 2002- Planning and Budget meeting at the Florida Network
June 30th- July 2nd, 2002
*Reservations need to be made by May 30, 2002
*See attached flyer at the end of the Newsletter
Tenth Annual Attendance Symposium Planning Timeline
June 28th Deadline for presentation submissions
August 30th Deadline to receive presenter handouts
October 21st Registration Deadline
November 21-22 Symposium
Dee and Terry are currently working on the LAST Spreadsheet! Yea! The revote (even with the one missing vote
and three absentees) resulted in the same outcome: George’s (green) Formula
Her meeting with the Judges went really well this morning and she will be sending everyone an update a little
By Heather McVoy, Program Development and Training Specialist
The Parent Information Form has been updated in an effort to capture whether a family is
receiving Title IV-A/EA and, more significantly, to ask whether a legal guardian has been
appointed or approved by the court. You can view and print the form from our website at:
http://www.floridanetwork.org/IV-E/Parent%20Information%20Form.doc. The changes are small
enough that you should use any copies you have now, but be sure someone asks legal
guardians the court question.
The Service Plan now has the Notice to Parents as the last page. No changes were made to
the Notice except that it is formatted the same way as the service plan and is now just the last
page. Again, you can use any existing copies of the service plan and notice to parents, but
when you run out, please duplicate from the attached version. Also on the website:
The meeting between Economic Self Sufficiency Services and Family Safety last week did not
find a good answer to the problem of knowing when a youth/family is receiving Title IV-A/EA.
So, we now have the question on the Parent Information Form, and if they tell us they are
receiving Title IV-A/EA, we should NOT submit a Title IV-E application--treat it just like SSI or
Healthy Kids. However, if they don't tell us they are receiving IV-A/EA, we should submit the
application. Then, if we ARE notified that they are receiving Title IV-A/EA, we will make the
entries in NetMIS as if the application had not been submitted. We will have to leave the Child
in Care person to process the applications according to their policy, and we will just give them
the best information we have, as always.
Reminder: the IV-E conference call will be Monday, April 29th at 10 o'clock EDT, and the number
to call is (850) 921-2470 or SunCom 291-2470.
A training survey is attached (I'm sending a lot this week, I know). We are requesting that each E.D.
and at least one other staff person knowledgeable about training issues complete the survey and send
it back to me by May 10. We all know it's easy to forget, and the 10th of the month is a deadline for
other things, so please feel free to fill it out and return it right away. Also feel free to add any other
comments, questions, or whatever you wish to communicate.
By Kirk Hudson, Data Manager
TRAINING AND TRAINING SCHEDULES
Presently, 12 agencies have been trained in basic NetMIS since November of last year. At the
Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) meeting last week, I asked those agencies present to give
me feedback on what would be the best schedule for me to visit and train their site. If you were
not present at the QIC, please e-mail your preferred training dates to me
(firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Although I cannot promise you'll get your dates,
this information will help me prepare a comprehensive schedule that we can work from. Also,
please keep in mind that this training will be just for those individuals (no more than 6) that have
direct responsibility for NetMIS data entry and have a demonstrated a need for training.
Also on the cooker is an advanced data administrators training session. For this topic we'll be
dealing what to do with data after it's been entered into NetMIS. We will cover data
dumps/downloads, importing into MS Access, basic SQL and Report generation. This training
will be intensive, hands-on, and only for data administrators and their back-ups. The aim is to
empower agencies with the wherewithal to analyze their own data.
My goal is to complete the advanced data administrators' training and have the majority of the
Basic NetMIS training completed by the end of this fiscal year. Please stay tuned for scheduling
By Christy Daly, Statewide Safe Place Coordinator
The meetings at QIC went well. I am working on getting the minutes done and sent out to
everyone- hopefully by mid-week next week. We were able to discuss information regarding the
“targeted” zip codes and where we feel outreach stands now, after budget cuts.
All coordinators should have received a packet in the mail from the National Safe Place Office
with the nomination forms. We are really hoping to have some Florida people nominated and
hopefully winners! There are two sets of nomination forms, one for you, the coordinators and
one for your Executive Directors. They are due back to the National Office BY July 1st. If you
have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call the National Office or me.
From Jennifer Ramsey at Anchorage Children’s Home:
Things are really beginning to take shape at Anchorage with Safe Place-On April 23, 2002 Fazoli's Restaurant
was opened as a new Safe Place site. Fazoli's hosted Anchorage, the Panama City Police Department D.A.R.E.
Program and the Bay County Sheriff's Department Child Identification Program on site at the restaurant. Youth
and their parents were invited to come to learn information on child safety, as well as have some fun! Several
characters attended including the D.A.R.E. Safety Dog and Fazoli's Tomato. Anchorage raffled off a free
"Flounder" stuffed animal to children attending. Jordan Forehand, 5 years old, was the winner. Two new
Billboards for Safe Place are in place, one in town and one at the beach.
By Jessica Radigan, Data Assistant
Key club is up to their good deeds as usual! Jennifer Ramsey, from Anchorage, has sent me an update on what
the Key Club is up to in their area. Chipley High School’s Key Club did a paper/toiletry and bath towel drive for
Anchorage’s shelter, Hidle House. They collected towels, paper towels, sandwich bags, washing detergent, t-
shirts, socks, lotion, and food. (Approximately $600 worth of goods, all new) Previously, they have done
clothing drives for the Hidle House and have donated money in memory of two of the club member’s parents
who have passed away. Gail Porter is the sponsor for Chipley High School Key Club, she is currently planning
the stages of starting another drive to benefit the youth. Jennifer could not express how much help and devotion
the Key Club has committed to their shelter. Keep up the good work Key Club!
GATEWAY GIVE AWAY
As many of you already know Gateway is donating 4,500 computers to children who need them. I am going to apply for
our shelters. Fortunately, we fit right in to the criteria! Unfortunately, their application page on the website is currently
down due to the number of people applying and will be back up shortly after some reconstruction to handle the volume of
requests. Here is some information from the Gateway website:
Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation Program
Gateway will donate up to 4,500 of the computers used to power the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City,
Utah. These desktops, portables, and servers were supplied to the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to track official event
results, statistics, and standings for athletes, coaches, spectators, officials, and the media.
Since 1994, Gateway has supported hundreds of nonprofit entities through cash, product, and in-kind donations. There are
countless groups and organizations in need of assistance, and we recognize that we cannot meet every need. Therefore, we
choose to focus our activities and resources on those areas in which we can make a significant impact. Specifically, we
seek to accomplish the following objectives
Support projects, programs, and initiatives that align with our mission to enhance access to technology for
traditionally underserved communities;
Create a positive recognition and image of Gateway in the communities in which we conduct business;
Improve the quality of life in the communities in which Gateway has a significant employee presence or a critical
business interest; and
Promote and stimulate volunteerism and active community involvement by Gateway employees.
All organizations that meet the specified criteria will be given full consideration in accordance with resources available.
Decisions will be made in alignment with Gateway's objectives and business interests. Gateway reserves the right to the
interpretation, application, and administration of its programs.
We look for organizations and programs dedicated to:
Demonstrating the power of technology and bridging the Digital Divide by providing hands-on, direct access to their
targeted, underserved community;
Enhancing the education and learning process of people by transforming the way in which people live, learn, and
Demonstrating sustainability; and
Promoting equity with regard to ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, and disability.
Consideration is limited to organizations that:
Are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as nonprofit entities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code, including public or private educational institutions, with priority given to schools and community centers;
Have a clear mission statement that aligns with our expressed guiding principles;
Have a strong infrastructure and solid operational plan or strategy in place; and
Have a system for evaluating and developing their programs, management, and staff to keep the organization viable
We Will Not Consider
Regrettably, we are unable to consider grants to:
Individuals, regardless of demonstrated need;
Organizations whose mission is primarily religious in nature; or
Organizations seeking to equip staff and administrative offices.
By Brenda Barksdale, Executive Assistant
Victim Services Practitioner Designation Training
This three-day course (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. all three days) provides basic training to improve the
interpersonal and interactive skills, knowledge and abilities of victim service providers. Emphasis is
placed on issues related to victim of crime and the role of the victim advocate including legislative
mandates, community resources and available services.
June 25-27, 2002 July-16-18, 2002
Clearwater Fort Myers
Course No. 510-02-04 Course No. 510-02-05
Hilton Clearwater Beach Holiday Inn Select
400 Mandalay Avenue 13051 Bell Tower Drive
(7270 461-3222 (941) 482-2900
$89.00 Single/Double $69.00 Single/Double
$3.00 daily parking fee for commuters
Advanced Advocate Trainings
All Sessions are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Advanced Advocate Training VI June 6, 2002: Measuring the Effectiveness of Victim Service Programs:
Are You Making the Mark? - Course No. 520-02-05 - FNVWS Course offering will address the planning
and conducting of program evaluations to measure the effectiveness of victim services to victims and
their communities. Topics include: the evaluation process; evaluation components and criteria;
collection methodologies; and common pitfalls to avoid during the evaluation process. Participants
must register for FNWS conference. For registration information, contact Gretchen Howard at
Training Site: The FNVWS Annual Conference is scheduled for June 3-7, 2002 at the Tradewinds
Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Boulevard, 727/376-6461, $99.00 Single/Double
Advanced Advocate Training VII June 13, 2002: Challenges in Providing Victim Services to Rural,
Migrant and Farm Workers. - Course No. 520-02-06 - Tuition: $50.00 - This session will address
victimization in the rural and agricultural communities. Participants will look at overcoming the barriers
for providing victim services to rural residents; the rural, migrant and farm worker culture; the role of
crew chiefs compliance officers; and strategies and resources for improved victim services in remote
Training Site: Radisson Plaza Hotel, 60 South Ivanhoe Boulevard, Orlando Florida
407/425-4455, $89.00 Single/Double, Hotel Reservation Deadline: May 22, 2002 - $2.00 per day self
Issue Briefings (Tuition Free)
All sessions are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Issue Briefing VI: Giving the Power Back to the Victim: The Journey to Empowerment - This workshop will provide
victim advocates with the techniques and skills to effectively empower victims. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for
empowering victims; use of new technologies to empower victims; recognizing and trusting instincts; positive affirmation
and self esteem; and how empowerment can lead to recovery.
June 17, 2002 June 19, 2002 June 21, 2002
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Course # 530-02-10 Course # 530-02-11 Course # 530-02-12
Tallahassee Orlando Ft. Lauderdale
Florida Dept. of Corrections Florida Dept. of Transportation Coconut Creek Dept.of Public
2601 Blairstone Road 133 South Semoran Boulevard Safety
4455 Sol Press Boulevard
Issue Briefing VII: When Gang Activity Leads to School Violence: An Advocate Response - This Session will examine
the dynamics of school violence and its effects on children involved in gang activities. Topics include: characteristics of
the abusive student; why youths choose gangs; student harassment and dating violence; and suggestions for advocates to
reduce the incidence of gang violence within the community.
July 22, 2002 July 24, 2002 July 26, 2002
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Course # 530-02-13 Course # 530-02-14 Course # 530-02-15
Tallahassee Orlando Ft. Lauderdale
Florida Dept. of Corrections Florida Dept. of Coconut Creek Dept. of
2601 Blairstone Road Transportation Public Safety
133 South Semoran Boulevard 4455 Sol Press Boulevard
FCPTI REGISTRATION FORM - One for per Person per Course - Please Print
Name (Last, First, MI) ___________________________________________________________
Identification No.: Birth Month ___ ___ ___ Birth Day _______ Last Four Digits of SS# ______
Agency Name __________________________________________________________________
City ______________________________ State _________ Zip Code _____________________
Phone ___/____________ Fax _____/______________ Email ___________________________
Course Title ___________________________________________________________________
Course Number ___________________________ Course Date __________________________
Send Registration Form to: FCPTI, office of the Attorney General, PL - 01, The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-
1050 Telephone: 850/414-3360 Fax: 850/413-0633
RECOGNIZING THE VOLUNTARY EFFORTS OF BUSINESSES AND
ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN REDUCING JUVENILE CRIME
Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc.
Nominations due May 20, 2002, 5:00 pm EST
The awards ceremony will be held during the
2002 Juvenile Justice Education Institute
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando
June 24, 2002
Please e-mail to email@example.com (E-mail submitted nomination forms will be confirmed upon
receipt) or mail to the following address:
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Office of Prevention and Victim Services
2737 Centerview Drive, Suite 220
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3100
(850) 488-3302, FAX: (850) 922-6189
Attention: Saundra Roach
All eligible nominations must be received by May 20, 2002, 5:00 pm EST
Additional Information about the Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc. and
Governor’s Community Investment Awards can be found at
The Florida Business Partners group (Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc.) was established in
October 1994, as a public-private partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Governor’s Office
and business leaders in an effort to promote business involvement in juvenile delinquency prevention and
intervention programs. The Governor’s Community Investment Awards were created to recognize the
outstanding efforts of business leaders and organizations involved in the juvenile justice system.
The business being nominated must:
1. Be a private entity, including any for profit or not for profit corporation, franchise, or independent business
that is involved in reducing juvenile crime.
2. Be involved with a program aimed at helping youth avoid delinquent behaviors.
3. Not receive county, city, state or federal funding for the program or service that they are providing.
All contributions must be cash, in-kind, pro bono, or in the form of volunteer hours.
4. Not be contracted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). However, a business that
voluntarily participates in any DJJ contracted or grant-funded program is eligible.
5. Not have previously won a Governor’s Community Investment Award or Governor’s Special
Recognition Award for the same program or project that is being nominated.
Instructions for submitting a nomination form:
The Nomination Form may be e-mailed or mailed, but must be in receipt of the Florida Department of
Juvenile Justice by 5:00 pm, on 5/20/02.
Limit the submission to the pages provided (Nomination Information Sheet, Cover, Instructions and 2
pages for Program/Project Information). If a typewriter is used, lines must be double-spaced. If the
form is downloaded from the DJJ web site, please use 12-point Arial font. Web site is located at:
Do not submit notebooks or folders.
If multiple businesses are nominated, complete one nomination package for each business.
Instructions for nominating a business:
Describe the program/project using the following questions or statements as a guideline in the order listed. Do
not exceed the two pages provided (Program/Project information, pages 4 & 5). Scoring is based on the
assigned points following each bulleted item.
Include a detailed description of the business contributions, including staff time or tangible resources.
Identify when this program/project began and how did the business initially become involved? (2
Describe the type of youth (i.e., youth at risk, youth on probation, DJJ committed youth) impacted by
these contributions. (2 points)
List the expectations and visions of the business regarding its involvement in this endeavor? (4 points)
Describe the benefits to the youth, the community and to employees that have occurred since the
partnership between the business and the program/project began. (8 points)
Provide other comments or information that nominator would like to include about the business
partnership. (2 Points)
Scoring and Awards Process
All nominations will be submitted to the local Juvenile Justice Circuit Boards for review and initial scoring.
Finalist will be submitted to the Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc. for awards. The Florida
Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc., will recognize each nomination for their local contributions.
Awards are made at the discretion of the Florida Business Partners for Juvenile Justice, Inc., which has
Governor’s Community Investment Awards
Nomination Information Sheet
Business Being Nominated
DJJ Circuit #
Category: (Check one)
Independent Business Franchise For Profit Corporation Not For Profit Corporation
Type of Contribution or Volunteerism: (Check all that apply)
Employee Volunteer Hours Cash or Tangibles Pro Bono Services Other In-Kind
Name of Program
Name of Business Organization
Major Function of
Street City State Zip
Business Contact Person: Phone #:
(Area Code) (Number)
Fax #: E-mail address (optional):
(Area Code) (Number)
# of employees involved in program/project: # of youth served/ impacted:
Nomination Submitted by
(Name and Title):
Name of Nominator
Street City State Zip
Phone #: E-mail address (optional):
(Area Code) (Number)
Signature of Nominator: Date Submitted:
(Signature may be sent electronically)
Official Use Only
Date of Receipt:
ANNUAL GOVERNOR'S FATHERHOOD SYMPOSIUM
The 6th Annual Governor's Fatherhood Symposium will be held June 13-14, 2002
in Orlando at the Radisson Universal Orlando. The cost of the symposium is
$75 before May 15th and $90 after May 15th.
Some of the workshops that will be offered are:
1. The Role of Women in Fatherhood Programs
Presented By: Mr. Neil Tift
2. Welfare Reform & Responsible Fatherhood
Presented By: Mr. Scott Sussman
3. Fatherhood: Getting the Community Involved
Presented By: Mr. David Cardno
4. Teen Fathers: A Life Plan
Presented By: Ms. Lisa Colen
5. Teaching Responsible Fatherhood to Delinquent Youth: Preliminary Results
from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council/Florida Department of
Juvenile Justice's Fatherhood Curriculum Pilot Project
Presented By: Ms. Andrea Polk-Stephenson
There will be 25 workshops offered during the two days and Continuing
Education Units (CEUs) are available for social workers, marriage/family
therapists and mental health counselors. For more information regarding the
symposium, please visit www.floridafathers.org
Scholarships are available for those who need assistance with the
registration fee. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please visit
For further assistance, please contact Anne Carpenter at (850) 488-4952 x135
FLORIDA NETWORK OF YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT
June 30 2002 - thru - July 2, 2002
Amelia Island Resort
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida
HOTEL ROOM RATE: $119.00 (Sunday JUNE 30 THRU Tuesday JULY 2)
FOR RESERVATIONS PHONE: 1.800.241.3333 OR 904.277.1100
RESERVATION DEADLINE: MAY 30, 2002 - 5:00 PM
If you plan to come into Amelia Island on Saturday, April 29th, the
Hampton Inn, Amelia Island will have rooms at $99.00 per night per person. The
sooner you call, the better opportunity for you to get reservations. This hotel is about
3.2 miles down the road from the Ritz Carlton at 2549 Sadler Road. Phone # for
reservations is (904) 321-1111 if you decide to stay there.
Florida Network of Youth and Family Services
The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a not-for-
profit statewide association representing agencies which serve
homeless, runaway and troubled youth ages 10 and older and their
families. Services include: advocacy for youth, public policy
development, public education, data collection and research, program
certification and training and technical assistance. We are committed
to promoting policies and practices that hold our member agencies
accountable for preventing juvenile delinquency and child abuse
through the strengthening of youth and families.