A Pivotal Time
If you joined our Zoom board meeting on Thursday, you got a clear view of the many priorities the Florida Coalition for Children team is focused on for members. It’s a pivotal time for our community of care, and it takes a tremendous amount of coordination to keep heading in the right direction.
I want to thank our Board of Directors, committee chairs and members, as well as everyone in the Coalition working together for the betterment of child welfare and community-based care. Because of your commitment, we are staying on track.
Funding and policy continue to be major issues, including the federal FFPSA legislation. We have a proposed bill in Washington, D.C. — H.R. 8443 sponsored by U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn — known as the “Cottage Homes to Improve Lives for Dependents (CHILD) Act.” Thanks to board members Maria Knapp, Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, and Larry Rein, ChildNet, for shepherding this legislative process. The bill would update the Family First Prevention Services Act, enacted in 2018, to make it stronger and better support the needs of children and our members.
I appreciate the way our board chairs Elizabeth Wynter and John Cooper helped lead an engaging and robust discussion. I congratulate the new members of our Board of Directors and Executive Board. I’m also grateful for the meaningful service of those who have termed off the board and left the Coalition in a better place. I know they will continue to be active members.
As we move forward with a new board, I’m heartened by the fact that FCC will take on the opportunities and challenges ahead as a collaborative family. I’m excited about where we’re going together. We’re getting ready to roll out some new plans for the Coalition, so stay tuned.