Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

February 11, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

Florida Department of Children and Families Announces Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll as Keynote Speaker
~ Keeping the Dream Alive through Faith, Family, and Future: A Bridge to Success ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families announced today that Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll will keynote the 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m. at Tallahassee Community College in the Turner Auditorium. The Department will be celebrating the notable contributions that African-Americans have made to the State of Florida and their communities with the theme: “Keeping the Dream Alive through Faith, Family, and Future: A Bridge to Success.”

In partnership with One Church One Child of Florida and Tallahassee Community College, the Department will honor 13 local citizens, including adoptive and foster families and former foster youth, for their exceptional leadership skills.

“Black history is a celebration of culture and heritage, achievements and milestones. It’s the past, present and future. I’m proud of the accomplishments of the men and women who blazed the trail for me. It’s through their sacrifices, bold leadership, and commitment to faith that we can celebrate the successes of today”, said Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll.

As Black History Month is celebrated throughout the country, the Department wants to recognize and thank individuals and local organizers, including employees for their everyday commitment to improving the lives of our most vulnerable citizens in our communities.

The goal of the Department of Children and Families is to highlight its mission of helping children and families achieve safety and self-sufficiency and recognize our community partners who are invaluable resources in helping Florida's children and families be successful.