Partner Spotlight-Florida Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families works diligently to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. DCF proves to be a strong and protective voice for abused, neglected, or otherwise negatively affected children and family members. Two major campaigns the DCF works tirelessly to promote include “Who’s Really Watching Your Child?” and Water Safety. Their “Who’s Really Watching Your Child?” campaign advocates for children’s welfare by bringing together childcare providers and physicians with families in need. Individuals can support a child’s care placement through their local Early Learning Coalition. The Water Safety campaign recognizes that Florida loses more children to water-related incidents than any other state in the nation. DCF’s Water Safety movement focuses on prevention and supervision tools that ensure swim safety.

Other DCF programs include:

•Abuse Hotline

•ACCESS Florida

•Adoption

•Adult Protective Services

•Child Care

•Child Welfare

•Community-Based Care

•Domestic Violence

•Foster Care

•Homelessness

•Mental Health

•Refugee Services

•Substance Abuse

Children’s week is thrilled to welcome the Florida Department of Children and Families as one of our partners for Children’s Week 2015, as well as support them in their work to keep children and their families safe and well.

To learn more about DCF, you can visit their website at http://www.myflfamilies.com or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyFLFamilies

Partner Spotlight - FSFAPA

hand-in-hand 100x300Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association, or FSFAPA, is a statewide membership group for all foster and adoptive parents in the state of Florida.  If you are a foster or adoptive parent, you are automatically apart of this wonderful organization. FSFAPA hosts four meetings each year to provide the skills, training, and support for their families. FSFAPA understands the difficulty of the limited schedules of all the families in which FSFAPA schedules meetings all across Florida so that everyone can participate and let their voice be heard. 

In addition, FSFAPA:

  • hosts an annual conference for parents and teens 
  • provides a quarterly newsletter to keep parents informed 
  • participates in Advocacy Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Foster Parent Month and National Adoption Month 
  • provides a hotline (866.913.0977) to answer questions and offer support 

We are very excited to welcome back FSFAPA to Children's Week for 2015.

To learn more about FSFAPA, visit their website, twitter, or facebook page

Partner Spotlight - Guardian ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litem VerticalFlorida Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program is a partnership of community advocates and professional staff providing a powerful voice on behalf of Florida's abused and neglected children. More than 30,000 children in the state of Florida are abused, abandoned and neglected and more than 5,000 of those children do not have Guardian ad Litem. Thankfully, the majority of children under the supervision of the Department of Child and Family (DCF) have a Guardian ad Litem, appointed by the court to advocate for the children. GAL volunteers become familiar with the child's case and make recommendations to the court to ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent home for the abused, neglected child. Volunteers are an independent voice for the child and crucial in ensure all of the child's need are met by the courts decision. The Judge relies on the volunteer in decision making and the volunteer becomes a mentor and support system to the child. GAL currently serves more than 26,000 children across Florida. The Guardian Ad Litem Foundation provides the funds and advocacy training for the GAL program staff, volunteers and local non-profits. An example of this advocacy is Guardian ad Litem day that is held each spring at the Florida State Capitol. GAL Staff, volunteers, and many others all come together to raise awareness of these children in need and the Guardian ad Litem program. Florida's children are fortunate to have a strong network of individuals to be their voice in court during their toughest times.

Children's Week is excited to welcome back Guardian ad Litem as a Partner for Children's Week 2015, and support their efforts in bettering the lives of Florida's Children. For more information on Guardian ad Litem please visit their website, Facebook or Twitter.

Partner Spotlight - Devereux Florida

cv 51648-2Devereux Florida, apart of The Devereux National Network, was established in 1987 by Governor Graham and inspired by the selfless duties of Helena T. Devereux. Devereux Florida is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the country. Across the nation, Devereux Florida partners with schools, communities, and families in order to help and create a better life for those individuals in need. Devereux Florida works with people of all age groups (children, teens, and adults) dealing with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and mental health challenges, including psychiatric hospitals, and residential and day treatment programs, just to name a few. As you can see, Devereux Florida strives to provide the best of care for all types of mentally disabled individuals. The successful programs and services that Devereux Florida provides each year significantly impact the lives of thousands. Devereux Florida "changes lives and nurtures human potential. We inspire hope, ensure well-being, and promote meaningful life choices." 

Devereux Florida's Core Values include:

  • Support a respectful and integrated team approach
  • Foster personal and professional growth of their staff
  • Develop innovative and effective solutions
  • Partner with families and communities                                                                                                                                                                     

We are very excited to welcome and recognize Devereux Florida as one of our partners for Children's Week 2015. We are looking forward to work with Devereux Florida and hope to make Children's Week 2015 the best yet! 

To learn more about Devereux Florida, check out their facebook page or website

Partner Spotlight - Family Network on Disabilities

FNDlogo1Founded in 1985 by a group of parents, the Family Network on Disabilities is a grassroots organization advocating for persons with disabilities and their families. FND is a national network of individuals who have disabilities or special needs as well as their families, professionals, etc. "The mission of Family Network on Disabilities is striving for complete integration and equality of people with disabilities in a society without barriers." FND serves all persons with all disabilities and believes that everyone has intrinsic value and the inherent right to respect, independence, knowledge, freedom of choice, inclusion, quality of life, success, and equality.

Family Network on Disabilities operates many programs across the state of Florida, each with a different focus but all with the same goal of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. These operations include Parent Education Network, Transition, Independent Living, Employment & Support, Family STAR, and the Jan La Belle Scholarship Program. FND provides free services to form and foster partnerships between home and school to build sustainable relationships for the sucess of students. FND believes in the education of parents and caregivers to children with disabilities and not only that but the full integration of disabled persons into today’s society. Keeping a hand in the Transition, Independent Living, Employment and Support program, FND is able to ensure that people with disabilities are getting the proper education and training in skills they need to live normal and independent lives.

Children’s Week is proud to welcome back the Family Network on Disabilities for Children's Week 2015 and supports them in their missions to provide better lives for children and their families as well.

Connect with Family Network on Disabilities on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube, or visit their website at fndusa.org for more information.

Partner Spotlight - DentaQuest

DentaQuestDentaQuest is actually an over-arching name for a family of companies united under one mission to improve the oral health of all. While our country health care system undergoes serious changes and modifications, DentaQuest is there to ensure that families and individuals on publicly funded care get consistent access to dental care. The General Surgeon of DentaQuest calls dental disease "the silent killer." The DentaQuest Foundation works everyday to improve the dental health care of children and adults. DentaQuest strives to change the approach to dental care by lessening the focus on surgical procedures to manage dental care and making a shift towards general control and oral disease prevention. DentaQuest not only works on a national level, but also within its communities. DentaQuest works everyday to increase public funding for complete dental care and align payment with prevention and disease management. DentaQuest seeks to make dental care a policy priority and ensure that these policies are not only adopted, but protected on both a national and local level. DentaQuest also supports programs and initiatives that advocate change and promote optimal oral health.

Children’s Week is excited to partner with DentaQuest again for 2015 and fully supports their efforts to promote not only oral health, but oral care education for adults and children alike; creating happier and healthier communities.

For more information about DentaQuest, please visit their website, or contact:
Janice Siegel
Outreach Coordinator for DentaQuest, Florida
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