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Community-Based Care Group – and New Model – Win Orlando Contract

November 20th, 2010   No Comments   News & Events

Community-based care — not “entitlements” or history — led Orlando area Department of Children and Families (DCF) administrators to give a four-year, $200 million child welfare services contract for Orange and Osceola Counties to Community Based Care of Seminole. Some believe this is the model for the future.

Meanwhile, according to Seminole Voice, Family Services of Metro Orlando is dismayed by the decision. “It’s the first time a lead agency like us… has been replaced for something other than performance issues,” Bart Mawoussi, director of communications and grants, told the Voice. “And we kind of saw that as a puzzling decision.”

But DCF officials say the better-suited agency prevailed. “Community based care is a legislative design, and competition was expected,” DCF CEO John Cooper said. “This is not an entitlement.”

The is a critical decision, as thousands of children, families, foster parents and social workers will be affected by the decision. According to DCF, the two-county area has among the highest child-abuse rates in the nation. Read the entire story here.

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