Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

George H. Sheldon

August 24, 2010
MEDIA CONTACTS: Pat Smith (850) 320-4556
Carrie Hoeppner (407) 264-1379

Foster Family Recruiter and Adoptive Parent
Receives 2010 Excellence in Child Welfare Service Award

Florida Department of Children and Families presents award to Laurallyn Segur at annual summit

ORLANDO, FLa. - Laurallyn Segur, who has devoted nearly three decades to helping children, was honored on Tuesday by the Florida Department of Children and Families with its 2010 Excellence in Child Welfare Service Award.

“Laurallyn Segur is truly one of the state’s most tireless and passionate advocates for children. She recruits foster parents, has an adopted daughter who spent most of her childhood in foster care, and annually helps raise thousands of dollars to support youth and families,” DCF Secretary George H. Sheldon said. “Laurallyn inspires all of us to never set limits on what we can do.”

The Excellence in Child Welfare Service Award celebrates the work of advocates in the child protection system making the greatest contribution to serving children and their families.

Segur currently serves as the director of licensing and recruitment for the foster care system in Pasco and Pinellas counties. She works for Eckerd Community Alternatives, the local community-based care agency which partners with DCF to provide services to children in foster care. She leads a team of 17 staff and 275 foster families and oversees recruiting, licensing and retaining quality well-trained foster parents who are able to work with biological parents to help them reunite with their children. There were 1,869 children in foster care in Pasco and Pinellas counties as of July 2010.

Segur’s work with children began more than 29 years ago in the private sector, continued with employment in 1986 by the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, the agency preceding DCF, and culminated with Eckerd Community Alternatives. She is a wife and a mom to four children, including her 24-year-old adoptive daughter.