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The Florida Institute for Child Welfare seeks to promote safety, permanency, and well-being among the children and families of Florida that are involved with the child welfare system.

BIPOC Mental Health Month

Formally recognized in June 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed each July and was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. Bebe Moore Campbell was an American author, journalist, teacher, and mental health advocate who worked tirelessly to shed light on the mental health needs of the Black community and other underrepresented communities.

People and language evolve, and Mental Health America (MHA) has chosen to remove the word “minority” from its annual toolkit and use the designation "BIPOC" to more fairly honor and distinguish the experiences of Blacks, Indigenous People, and People of Color (BIPOC). BIPOC communities face disproportionate inequities in mental health care due to systemic barriers, uninformed or inappropriate care, and trauma resulting from historical adversity.

The identities of LGBTQ+ BIPOC are multidimensional which can compound the trauma experienced. Civil rights advocate Kimberlé W. Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality” to describe the way systems of power exclude and oppress people with minority and marginalized identities. Far too often this is the experience for people of color who identify as LGBTQ in foster care, who face higher rates of harassment, trauma, and disruptive placements. To understand the impact of trauma, intersectionality is key. Human Rights Campaign (HRC) All Children - All Families project (ACAF) is helping to bring awareness to the importance of intersectional LGBTQ-inclusion in adoption and foster care agencies around the country. We will be covering intersectionality and mental health disparities more in depth on our social media pages, so be sure to follow along!

BIPOC Mental Health Month

Virtual Opportunities


COVID-19: Understanding the Needs of Foster and Kinship Caregivers
Wednesday, July 15, 2020   2:00–3:00pm EDT


Addressing Suicide Prevention in African American Youth
Thursday, July 16, 2020   1:00–2:00pm EDT


Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Online Global Summit
Saturday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 28, 2020


COVID-19: Child Welfare Placements in an Uncertain Time
Wednesday, July 29, 2020   2:00–3:00pm EDT


Crimes Against Children Virtual Conference 2020
Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13, 2020


COVID-19: Improving Outcomes for Older Youth in Child Welfare
Wednesday, August 12, 2020   2:00–3:00pm EDT


Supervising in a Virtual World
Tuesday, August 18, 2020   12:00–1:00pm EDT


2020 North American Council on Adoptable Children Virtual Conference
Wednesday, August 26 - Saturday, August 29, 2020


Domestic Violence and Disabilities
Wednesday, September 16, 2020   1:00–2:30pm EDT


Bringing Resilience Home FFTA 34th Annual Conference on Treatment Family Care
Wednesday, September 23 - Thursday, September 24, 2020


Trauma & Resilience - Level One

Child Protection Caseworker Support

Listen to the Institute's podcast series, Child Protection Caseworker Support, on iTunes, Youtube, Spotify, and SoundCloud.

Stayed tuned for Season 2!


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