In 1996, the Florida Legislature passed legislation to begin the comprehensive redesign and privatization of child welfare. The new community-based care model allows the state to contract with respected local, non-profit agencies to provide child welfare services in their local communities for children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned. Currently, there are 19 lead agencies in Florida. Since 2001, Community Partnership for Children has been the lead agency selected to serve Volusia, Flagler and Putnam Counties. Under the community-based care initiative, child protective services are transitioned to local providers and directed by the lead agency and a community alliance of stakeholders. This leadership is in partnership with Florida's Department of Children and Families.
Community Partnership for Children is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit agency. We have built a System-of-Care using 23 contracts with 13 local providers. Our System-of-Care overview shows the relationship between us and our contracted partners. It is through the efforts and involvement of the community that we are able to keep children safe and build strong families.
CPFC hosted an event for national adoption day, and man, it was amazing. As someone who is passionate about the hardships of children in the system, it was so great to be there. There were a dozen families and a half dozen judges ready to make homes permanent. On this day, so many children found their forever homes. I was able to hear stories from teens who had their lives changed by their case worker. It was a very exciting day. Even though the lighting on the beach was harsh this day at noon, these families radiate with joy.