DCF Recognizes FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview for Performance Improvements

For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2013

Nicole Stookey, Department of Children and Families, (850) 509-2675
Tish Pennewill, Lakeview Center, (850) 469-3621

DCF Recognizes FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview for Performance Improvements
Local community-based care agency contracts with DCF for prevention, foster care, adoption and family services

PENSACOLA—Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins presented two awards today to community-based care agencies that exceeded expectations last year.

The Most Improved Performance Standards Award went to FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview in Pensacola. Community-based care agencies contract with DCF to provide prevention, diversion, foster care, adoption and other family services to their communities. FamiliesFirst Network serves Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

"Today's award recognizes FamiliesFirst Network for their commitment to continual improvement," said Vicki Abrams, DCF's Northwest Region Director. "Their partnership and strong ties to the community have greatly improved how we deliver services to children and families in Northwest Florida."

Secretary Wilkins presented the award to Ann Harter, Vice President of FamiliesFirst Network of Lakeview earlier today.

"As an organization, we strive for excellence in all we do," said Ann Harter. "This award recognizes the efforts of all the FamiliesFirst Network staff who work diligently to engage families into services and keep children safe."

The second award, Highest Overall Performance Standards, went to ChildNet in South Florida. ChildNet serves Palm Beach and Broward counties.

The awards were given based on performance on the Community-Based Care Scorecards in 2012. The scorecards were developed in conjunction with our 18 community-based care partners across the state. It is updated monthly and scores the agencies on 12 different measures, including child safety, family preservation, adoptions and well-being of children in foster care, such as medical and dental services and educational goals.

For more information on the Community-Based Care Scorecards, please go to www.myflfamilies.com/about-us/planning-performance-measures/cbc-scorecard

FamiliesFirst: Ann Harter, Vice President of FamiliesFirst Network, with Secretary David Wilkins