The Little Things are BIG Things

You hear all the time the importance of not taking for granted what you have. Let me share a story about how the things you may consider to be little are very big to others. A Marion County grandmother recently found her four bedroom doublewide mobile home overflowing when eight of her grandchildren came to live …

Paying It Forward

When Shannon Daily, house parent at the Arnette House, was teaching a Life Skills class to foster youth in the Independent Living (IL) program, she never imagined the reaction she would elicit from one of the girls. A few months before Christmas 2013, during a normal Life Skills class, Shannon taught a lesson entitled, Your …

Community Member Donates to Independent Living Youth

In December Hannah Rios, Independent Living (IL) Supervisor was contacted by a community member inquiring about how he could help teens that have aged out of foster care. He understood IL and wanted to specifically assist those youth that were working on their college education. Three youth were identified who were first year college students …

New Law goes into Effect

New Law In Effect, Prompts Call for more Central Florida Foster Parents Youth Who Now Turn 18 in Foster Care Eligible to Remain in Foster Care Program as Young Adults Orlando, Florida, (1/8/14) – The Florida Department of Children and Families along with partner Community Based Care Organizations (foster care and adoption related agencies) across …

More Than Shoes

By: Nicole Pulcini Mason On December 20th, I put on a comfortable pair of shoes and prepared for a long day on my feet. It’s been years since I was required to be on my feet all day for work, but today wouldn’t really be a day of work. Yes, I would be officially working, …

Back to Basics for DCF

Why The Three Rs Will Not Work: By John Cooper, CEO Historically and predictably, horrific tragedies have forced the Department of Children and Families (DCF) leadership to consistently rush to “Review, React, and Reform.”  These periods of appeasing accelerated changes typically fail to produce the desired long- term results.   One of the challenges; the Department …