Florida's Levels of Licensure and the Guardianship Assistance Program

Courtney Smith, MSW - Adoption and Permanency Manager, Office of Child Welfare, Florida Department of Children and Families | Tracy Schiro - QPI Advocate | David Brown, MSW - QPI Advocate | Phyllis Stevens - Kinship Caregiver and National Advocate

April 23, 2019

Training Description

The roll out and implementation of the Level 1 licensing process and the Guardian Assistance Program (GAP) represents a significant shift in the caregiver structure within the Florida Child Welfare System. This webcast is intended to provide an overview of the Level 1 licensing process and GAP program for both child welfare staff and caregivers. We will also have a kinship caregiver Phyllis Stevens from Philadelphia to provide her perspective on the unique challenges kinship caregivers face and how our system can work to ensure their needs in supporting our children are met. We will also have former California Assistant County Child Welfare Director Tracy Schiro on the webcast to share her experience in leading a county transition into licensing kinship and fictive kin. We look forward to her insight into California's lessons learned and successful practices. If you have any general questions you would like to ask, you can send your questions to dbrown@qpiylc.org.