Child Well-Being

Independent Study - Chapter Three | Developed by Guardian ad Litem State Office Training Team

Course description

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. 

Guardian ad Litem State Office  Training Team
Guardian ad Litem State Office Training Team
Training Specialists

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHIES

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.

Course Curriculum

Section 1: Well-Being of the Child
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Section 2: Advocacy in Action
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Section 3: Chapter Wrap-Up
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Reviews (15)

by Amaya Ariztoy
I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

Tons of Information

by Catherine Zwink
I learned a lot, but I feel like it’s a College course!

Child well being

by Deb Ward
I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.
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by Amaya Ariztoy
I found the examples of situations on all ages of a child and the potential solutions or resources very useful.

Tons of Information

by Catherine Zwink
I learned a lot, but I feel like it’s a College course!

Child well being

by Deb Ward
I found the information to be clear and easy to understand.

child well-being

by rhonda patton
good but case studies would be helpful

by Carmen B Martinez
This is a must know information to become a good VGAL

Very helpful

by Max Smith
Developmental stages were broken down and easy to follow.

Child well-being

by Marji lecompte
Importance of milestones. They are individual. How they can be affected by neglect or abuse. Min. guidelines for the child basic needs are met.

Child Well-Being

by Patty Nicholson
Better understanding of the development stages and effects of abuse..

Chapter 3

by Michael Alicea
Straightforward and to the point. I very well formatted summary.

Okay.

by Diana Kenney
Glad best interests of the child was spelled out as well as respecting their unique culture. Impressed that the custom approach for each child includes their heritage.

Child Well-Being

by Mary-Ellen Haley
Another worthwhile course for a GAL's training.

Great Info

by Enide Bellamy
Lots of follow up information and resources were provided

Chapter 3

by Holly VanHoose
Well written, interesting and easy to understand. Liked the varied formats for the different parts.

Chapter 3

by Julie M Kelly
I missed the question on the minimum standard of care. I went back and reviewed the material and did not find the answer necessary to help me.

by LeTrenna Mosley
This course was great! I learned a lot about how to asses the well-being of a child and how to use the "Best Interest Principle" to figure what a child really needs. I especially liked that this chapter gave scenarios of cases one might have as a GAL volunteer and recommendations of what a GAL volunteer might do in each situation.