Florida Senate - 2012                            (NP)    SR 2132
       By Senator Storms
       10-03842-12                                           20122132__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing the 60th Anniversary of the
    3         Florida Coalition for Children.
    5         WHEREAS, in 1952, a small group of private, nonprofit
    6  child-serving agencies banded together to promote better quality
    7  in the services provided to the children of this state, and
    8         WHEREAS, this small group has grown over the years to
    9  represent nearly 60 agencies that annually provide critical care
   10  to 50,000 vulnerable children and their families, including
   11  emergency shelter, residential treatment, therapeutic wilderness
   12  camps, counseling, foster care, maternity care, adoption, early
   13  intervention, in-home services, independent living, and case
   14  management, and
   15         WHEREAS, in 2002, the organization restructured in response
   16  to the state’s adoption of the community-based care child
   17  welfare model and formed an unprecedented partnership between
   18  child welfare service providers and the emerging community-based
   19  care lead agencies, and
   20         WHEREAS, the community-based care child welfare model has
   21  been recognized nationally for transforming Florida from one of
   22  the worst-performing states to one of the best-performing states
   23  in the area of the welfare of children, and
   24         WHEREAS, the Florida Coalition for Children envisions a
   25  system of child welfare in Florida that receives a full
   26  allocation of resources, is well-managed, and fulfills the needs
   27  of this state’s abused and neglected children, and
   28         WHEREAS, the Florida Coalition for Children has emerged as
   29  a statewide advocacy organization that promotes the protection
   30  of abused and neglected children, the building of strong
   31  families, and the prevention of child abuse, and
   32         WHEREAS, the member agencies of the Florida Coalition for
   33  Children maintain a strong presence for children in the State
   34  Capitol, working with members of the Legislature, the Department
   35  of Children and Family Services, and other agencies to promote
   36  legislation and policies that support quality systems of care
   37  through value-based, fiscally accountable programs, NOW,
   40  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   42         That the Senate recognizes the invaluable contributions
   43  that the member agencies of the Florida Coalition for Children
   44  have made to improving the lives of thousands of vulnerable
   45  children and their families and extends its congratulations to
   46  the staff and volunteers of the Florida Coalition for Children
   47  on the occasion of the organization’s 60th Anniversary.