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Florida Youth SHINE Meets Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary David Wilkins

Just over a week ago, 21 Florida Youth SHINE members had the opportunity to meet with DCF’s newly appointed Secretary – David Wilkins. At a lunch in Tallahassee, Secretary Wilkins and his wife, Tanya, took the time to speak with each member and learn firsthand from some of our state’s current and former foster youth.

FYS was honored to be the first group of its kind to meet with the Secretary and look forward to building on this experience throughout Secretary Wilkins tenure.

We were thrilled to have Gia Tutalo-Mote from Forever Families join us for lunch. She has prepared a wonderful video covering the meeting, which you can watch below.

Scheduled Air Dates: CBS 12 – Palm Beach Treasure Coast airing Tuesday (Feb. 8) at 5:30 pm and Wednesday (Feb. 9) morning; WCTV – Tallahassee and surrounding areas airing Thursday (Feb. 10) at 5pm and Friday (Feb. 11) at 6am; NBC 6 – Miami Fort Lauderdale airing Saturday (Feb. 12) at 6pm and Monday (Feb. 14) at 11am; NBC 2 – Fort Myers Naples airing Saturday (Feb. 12) 9am; ABC 7 – Fort Myers Napes airing Sunday (Feb. 13) 7am; and WJHG – Panama City To Be Announced.

Thank you to everyone who worked so quickly to make this meeting possible. We look forward to working with the new Secretary!

Christina L. Spudeas, Esq., Executive Director

Lindsay Baach, FYS Youth Statewide Coordinator

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