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All meetings/Trainings are held online via Zoom  for the convenience of all of our families.  Trainings are open to all to foster/adoptive/relative /non-relative caregivers and agency workers in Manatee, Sarasota & DeSoto Counties


1st Thursday of the month

7:00om-8:30pm (online)


Foster/Adoptive Family Memberships: $30/Year

Supporting Memberships: $15/Year


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2024 Meetings & Trainings

Thursday, January 4- CANCELLED

Thursday, February 1- Training on Adoptive Family Supports

Thursday, March 7- Training on Education Advocacy from Family Network on Disabilities

Thursday, April 4- Training on Testifying in Dependency Court Proceedings

Thursday, May 2- Training on Sensory Processing by Children's Therapy Solutions

Thursday, June 6- Training on Benefits of Expressive Therapy

Thursday, July 4- No Meeting

Thursday, August 1- Training from Children's Therapy Solutions

Thursday, September 5- Training Topic TBD

Thursday, October 3- Training Topic TBD



If you have any difficulty registering for one of our Online Trainings, please email us at

Past Meetings and Trainings



Thursday, January 6, 2022- Training from Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Thursday, February 3, 2022- Training on Multi-Disciplinary Team Staffings by CLS and SCC Operations

Thursday, March 4, 2022-  Training on Grief & Loss in Foster Care and Adoption presented by Tabatha Perhealth, MS, LMHC, MCC, QS with Karma Behavioral Consulting, LLC

Thursday, April 4, 2022-  Training on Children's Mental Health Services in Circuit 12: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 5, 2022- Training on Feeding and Eating Skills Development presented by Children's Therapy Solutions

Thursday, June 2, 2022- Understanding Your Child's Educational Rights presented by Family Network on Disabilities

Thursday, July 7- The Benefits of Music Therapy presented by Bloom Creative Arts

Thursday, August 4- Intro to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder presented by The Florida Center

Thursday, September 8, 2022- Managing Behaviors presented by Dr. Kate Gibson, ownder of Parent and Child Psychological Services

Thursday, October 6, 2022-Training on 2022 Legislative Updates presented by David Silverstein, Managing Attorney, Children's Legal Services, Circuit 12

Thursday, November 3, 2022-Training on Child Protective Investigations of Foster Homes

Thursday, December 1, 2022- Training on Adoption Supports


Thursday, January 5- Meeting & Training on Managing Behaviors Presented by Dr. Kate Gibson of Parent and Child Psychological Services.

Thursday, February 2- Meeting & Training on Parents for Parents (P4P) a new Bio parent peer support initiative.

Thursday, March 2-  Meeting & Training from Family Initiative Staff Joe Watson and Caroline Northup on Why Children Lie.

Thursday, April 6- Meeting & Training from Children's Therapy Solutions on Making Sense of Sensory Processing:  Understanding Sensory Processing

Thursday, May 4- Training from local Hairstylists on Ethnic Haircare.

Thursday, June 1- No Meeting this Month

Thursday, July 6- Meeting & Training on Executive Functioning by Cheryl Albright of Soul to Soul Yoga

Thursday, August 3- Meeting & Training on Families Connect App

Thursday, September 7- Meeting & Trainng on Tangible Supports for Foster Family


Thursday, October 5- Meeting & Legislative Update Training


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