This course provides an overview of the needs and development of children. Children's needs depend upon their age, stage of development, attachment to their family/caregivers, and reaction to what is happening around them.
The objectives of this course include understanding:
- Age appropriate behavior in children
- A child's basic needs
- Why the Minimum Sufficient Level of Care Standard is in the best interest of children
- The cycle of attachment
- How abuse and neglect can disrupt a child's development
This material has been exclusively designed for I am for the child Academy.
Laurie Blades received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor is Special education and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She has worked in the human services field in both the private and public sectors in the areas of children’s mental health, juvenile justice, special education and child welfare for more than twenty-five years. She has provided direct services to children and youth with mental health and behavioral conditions as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and mental health counselor and has comprehensive knowledge of Florida’s system of care serving children, youth and their families. Previously, she served as the Chief of Children’s Mental Health and the Deputy Director of Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the Florida Department of Children and Families. Currently, she is the Director of Children’s Behavioral Health Advocacy for the Florida Guardian ad Litem program.
Vanessa Snoddy has worked in the in the human services field in both the private and public sector of child welfare for twenty years. She had the opportunity to work with children and their families in various roles serving as a Case Manager, Child Protective Investigator, and Child Protective Investigator Supervisor. She served as the Criminal Justice Coordinator for the Department as the subject matter expert on missing children and human trafficking and worked in collaboration with Homeland Security and U.S. Marshall to implement a federal pilot program in the Central Region with a focus on rescuing missing children who were victims to trafficking. Previously, she served as a Regional Manager with the Department for Licensing, Adoptions, Independent Living, Repatriation of Minors, Unaccompanied Minors, Human Trafficking, and Missing Children. She currently serves as the Case Management and Well Being Manager with oversite of the Independent Living Program, Out-of-Home and In-home Case Management, and Licensing of Child Caring and Child Placing Agencies for the Office of Child Welfare’s Policy and Practice team.