What is FCA?

Child Advocacy Blog


Contract Yanked by DCF From Palm Beach County Provider – Foster Child Advocates, Attorneys, Guardians Hope Move Proves Good for Kids

With all the horror stories of children who are victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse and other crimes and personal injury against minors at private foster service agencies, it’s both disturbing and rewarding to hear that this week the Florida Department of Children and Families pulled one such contract.

DCF reportedly terminated its 10-year contract with Child and Family Connections, a Palm Beach County community-based agency hired to provide services to the county’s foster children. According to news reports, DCF cited “poor performance and ‘serious concerns’ by local judiciary officials.”

The review lasted several months and followed news of leadership changes at the organization, including the resignation in June of CEO Judith Karim. Reports also cited staff turnover and poor performance, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Gone is the $39 million budget, which will be turned over to Broward-based provider Child Net, officials said. Child Net will work with the Children’s Home Society of Palm Beach County, which has handled Palm Beach County’s foster child cases since this summer.

“We have been working with Child and Family Connections for several months on a number of child safety issues,” said DCF Secretary David Wilkins in a statement, “and the improvement has not come quickly enough.”

The hope now is that the state, Child Net and Children’s Home Society can safely and professionally serve the needs of Palm Beach County’s foster children. Too often, we hear about the personal injuries and abuses these kids suffer. Let’s hope this fresh start provides hope to these at-risk children.

Leave a Reply