The Institute has produced several video recordings on an array of child welfare topics. This webpage serves as an archive of all available videos. Please check this page for updates as more materials are added or subscribe to our youtube channel to stay informed.

2019 Year in Review

Dr. Jessica Pryce, Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, discusses the Institute's projects and accomplishments from 2019!

2019 Symposium — Racial Equity — Corey Best

Corey Best is first, a dedicated father. He is originally from Washington, DC who now resides in Florida. This is where Corey began his transformation into leadership training, systems building, authentic family engagement, race equity, promoting protective factors, social equality and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system. Corey has utilized his platform to re-build systems that are responsive to sharing power with constituents and optimal child and family development through prevention efforts. He is an independent consultant supported by Casey Family Programs and has been in that capacity for five years. He is currently engaged in racial equity work in Broward County. He is also certified in multiple trauma modalities and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds’ training Bringing the Protective Factors to Life in Your Work: A Resource for Action.

2019 Symposium — Racial Equity — Khatib Waheed

Khatib A.F. Waheed initiated Racial Equity Learning Exchange Sessions℠ (RELE) nationally in June 2011 to support various judicial circuits, criminal justice systems, child welfare jurisdictions, law enforcement, mental health agencies, state agencies, and large organizations across the country who work to improve services and outcomes for children and families of color involved with juvenile justice and the welfare systems. Prior to his national work as a Presenter/Facilitator of RELE, Waheed served for eight years as a Senior Fellow for the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC from 2003 to 2011. When Khatib is not doing RELE Sessions, he is working on a daily basis to achieve racial equity through some specific systemic reform and community building efforts. Over the past five years Khatib has been providing staff and resource oversight in four Saint Louis Public Full Service Schools that are providing counseling, therapeutic and other social service supports to students and their families who are adversely impacted by trauma, toxic stress, poverty and structural racism.

2019 Symposium — Affiliate — Racial Equity — Rene' Ledford

Dr. Jessica Pryce, Director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, sits down in conversation with Rene' Ledford, Director of Quality Improvement and Training at Children's Home Society to discuss Racial Equity in Child Welfare.

Affiliate — Citrus Health Network — Gihan Omar, Psy.D.

This video was recorded on January 23, 2020 for Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Institute affiliate Gihan Omar, Psy.D. is the Clinical Coordinator of Foster Care for Citrus Health Network.

Affiliate — Florida Adoption Competency Support - Khalilah Louis Caines, LCSW

This video was originally posted on November 21, 2019 for National Adoption Month. Institute faculty affiliate Khalilah Caines (Saint Leo University) discusses adoption competency support for families and children in the following video. Adoption competent professionals are trained to address these seven core issues related to adoption: Loss; Rejection; Guilt and shame; Grief; Identity; Intimacy; Mastery and control. Find more adoption resources including a map of adoption competent licensed mental health professionals at

Affiliate — Florida Clearinghouse for Supervised Visitation - Karen Oehme, J.D.

This video was originally recorded on Facebook Live on October 10, 2019. The Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation is funded by Florida Department of Children and Families and is a component of The Institute for Family Violence Studies at FSU's College of Social Work. Affiliate Karen Oehme serves as its Director. The Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation provides technical assistance, training, and research on supervised visitation issues. Supervised visitation program means a program created to offer structured contact between a parent or caregiver and one or more children in the presence of a third person responsible for observing and ensuring the safety of those involved. Supervised visitation programs may also include exchange monitoring of children who are participating in court-ordered visitation programs or exchange monitoring where there has been mutual consent between parties for the purposes of facilitating a visitation. For more information about the Clearinghouse, please visit

Affiliate — Institute for Family Violence Studies - Karen Oehme, J.D.

This video was originally recorded through Facebook Live in October 2018 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this interview, Karen Oehme, J.D., Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies, shares her knowledge and experience of the ways in which supervised visitation assists children affected by domestic violence.

Affiliate — Maternal Mental & Behavioral Health - Heather Flynn, Ph.D.

This video was originally recorded on Facebook Live on April 17, 2019. Dr. Heather Flynn, FSU College of Medicine, discusses a new grant project to increase the detection and treatment of perinatal substance misuse and mental health concerns.

Affiliate — Prevent Child Abuse Florida — Chris Lolley

This video was recorded in early 2020 in preparation for Child Abuse Prevention Month (April). Institute affiliate Chris Lolley is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Florida and the Director of Prevention Services at The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. Learn more at

Affiliate — Residential Group Care — Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D.

This video was originally recorded via Facebook Live on October 8, 2018. Institute Affiliate Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt discusses quality standards for Residential Group Care in Florida. Learn more about her work here.

Affiliate — Residential Group Care & FFPSA — Shamra Boel-Studt, Ph.D.

This video was originally recorded for National Foster Care Month. Institute Affiliate Dr. Shamra Boel-Studt discusses quality standards for Residential Group Care in Florida, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and Children and youth with high-level needs. Learn more about her work here.

Affiliate — Suicide Prevention — Philip Osteen, Ph.D.

This video was originally recorded on October 3, 2017 for Facebook Live. Dr. Philip Osteen is a Faculty Affiliate of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare and an expert in suicide prevention. Free Resources:

Affiliate — Working with Foster Youth & Families — Morgan Cooley, Ph.D.

This video was recorded for National Foster Care Month (May 2020. Morgan Cooley earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 and MSW in Social Work in 2009 from Florida State University. She is currently a social work faculty member at Florida Atlantic University and has been an Institute affiliate since 2019. Dr. Cooley is a licensed clinical social worker with practice experience working with child welfare-involved families. Her research focuses on the relationship quality between foster children and foster parents, the influence of fostering experiences and child behavior on foster parent well-being, and what factors are associated with improved foster child mental health. Her ultimate career goal is to enhance the preparation and training of both relative and non-relative foster families to support youth who have to be placed into foster care, particularly youth who are dealing with mental health challenges. Her recent article, A Qualitative Examination of Coparenting among Foster Parent Dyads, is available in Children and Youth Services Review.

Florida Domestic Violence Injunction Process - Judge Costello

This video was originally recorded on October 28, 2019 for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this video, Judge Costello gives a brief overview of the Domestic Violence Injunction process in Florida.

Florida Services for Kinship Caregivers — Anna Yelick, Ph.D.

This video was originally recorded via Facebook Live on January 9, 2019. Anna Yelick, Ph.D., MSW, Postdoctural Research Fellow at the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, is leading a project this year for the Department of Children and Families (Department) to assess current kinship practices in Florida. The Institute will provide an inventory of kinship practices, highlighting the lead agencies with formalized kinship navigator programs, kinship practices that meet the standard of kinship navigator best practices, and formal or informal kinship practices or policies. The inventory will be developed through a document review, an online survey, and focus groups with community-based care providers and community collaborative partners. The Department seeks this information, in part, to prepare for the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act provisions regarding evidence-based Kinship Navigator Programs and to comply with similar Florida legislation.

Florida State University — Unconquered Scholars Program - Lisa Jackson

This interview was originally recorded in May 2018 (Foster Care Month) by Institute Program Director Marianna Tutwiler to highlight the Unconquered Scholars program at Florida State University. It features Lisa Jackson, Assistant Director of the Unconquered Scholars Program as well as two students from the program. The Unconquered Scholars Program provides an array of support services promoting overall success to youth who experienced foster care, homelessness, relative care, or ward of the State status. Many Scholars have faced profound hardships during childhood that may increase their risk of leaving academia without a degree. In fact, research indicates former foster youth are far less likely to earn a degree than their non-foster care peers. Florida State University is committed to meeting the unique needs of Unconquered students so they experience the long-term professional and personal benefits associated with educational attainment. .

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