United Way Task Force on Child Protection
The Dependency Court in Miami-Dade County is overwhelmed, Children are languishing in care and bi-annual federally required case reviews are not taking place.
To address the problem, United Way created a 140-member citizen work group called the Foster Care Action Project.
Legislation, Administrative Order, Incorporation and 1st Citizen Review
The outcome of the task force was to establish the work of citizen review panels and legislation was passed under Chapter 39 granting statutory authority .
Foster Care Review, Inc. was incorporated and granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.
The first review took place in October 1989.
Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel Recommends
Foster Care Review – The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel
on Child Welfare was a response to the crisis identified through the case of Rilya Wilson.
Independent Living Symposium
FCR holds the first local symposium on the needs of youth “aging out” of foster care. This paves the way toward establishing specialized Independent Living panels.
Early Childhood Reviews & ETO Database
A grant from The Children’s Trust establishes specialized panels to focus on children age 0-5 which continue to the present.
An additional grant from The Children’s Trust allows FCR to create an online database for program data and reporting.
This project included a community wide symposium on the needs of GLBTQ youth in foster care, volunteer training and newsletters.
Administrative Review Project
FCR panels interview youth who have exited care in Miami-Dade County about their preparation for Independent Living and the challenges of life after care. A report is distributed to the community and is published in a national social work magazine.
Launched Permanency Roundtable Program
The PRT Program actively works with community partners and experts to link youth to permanent families.
Moved the CRP Program to the NEW Children’s Courthouse
After more than a decade of planning, the Children’s Courthouse in downtown Miami opened it’s doors to the public and became the home of FFCR’s CRP Program.