DCF and Partners Let Foster Youth Know that 'It Can Be Done'

For Immediate Release:
Sept. 23, 2014

DCF Press Office
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DCF and Partners Let Foster Youth Know that 'It Can Be Done'
Campaign encourages foster youth and engages communities in their success

FT. LAUDERDALE— The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), along with former foster youth and partners across the state, launched the “It Can Be Done” Campaign today at the Broward County Children’s Services Council.  This campaign highlights successes of Florida’s foster youth and former foster youth in pursuing their educational, professional and life goals. The campaign, developed in partnership with former and current foster youth, engages local businesses, organizations and communities to rally around foster youth to support and empower them in achieving their goals.  

“With the odds stacked against them, more often than not Florida’s foster youth defy the odds and achieve their goals,” DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “They can now show their peers that ‘it can be done’ and encourage children coming into foster care that they can be successful with the support of their communities.”

Youth and supporters can take to social media to share their successes and show their enthusiasm by using the hashtag #itCANbedone on photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The posts are intended to show how youth are achieving their goals and showcase community support.

"Everyday our foster, adoptive and independent living youth find success in many of the activities and endeavors they take on despite the various challenges these youth face," said Kurt Kelly, CEO of the Florida Coalition for Children. "We are so proud to honor those achievements while showing others that while there may be obstacles -- it can be done!"

The campaign website, MyFLFamilies.com/itCANbedone, highlights resources available for youth and provides businesses, organizations and communities ways to offer support. Supporters have the opportunity to help with everything from mentorships and internships to fostering and adoption.

“As the Community-Based Care lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, ChildNet is responsible for supporting the transition of youth from foster care to independence,” ChildNet Broward Executive Director Monica King said. “We are so fortunate to have caring community of funders and providers who have joined forces to create a comprehensive system of care for these youth. Like the youth here today, we have learned that by working together – It can be done.”

 “We are proud to partner with local businesses, the faith based community and of course our providers to support a system of care for youth transitioning from foster and relative care,” said Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. “Working together, we are forging a path to educational and professional success for these remarkable young adults.”

For more information, photos and testimonial videos, visit MyFLFamilies.com/itCANbedone.