Fourth Annual Conference by the Bay

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The Florida Department of Children and Families kicked-off its Fourth Annual Conference Wednesday at the Florida State University--Panama City campus.

During the two day, child services employees in the 14th Judicial Circuit are discussing new legislation that affects child welfare stakeholders.

Other topics include how to become a foster parent, how to transition children into foster care, and how to be aware of child abuse.

"One of the takeaways from the conference, and probably the main takeaway is and it is our conference theme this year, and that is stronger together, growing together and it truly is about all of us working together with our families so that they can be successful,” said Courtney Stanford, Family and Community Services Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The conference picks up again Thursday morning.