Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

June 24, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Central Region Communications
Elizabeth Arenas (407) 209-8243

Central Florida DCF Renews $200 Million Contract with Kids Central, Inc.
~ Contract oversees foster and adoptive related services in
Citrus, Lake, Hernando, Marion and Sumter counties

Central Fla – The Florida Department of Children and Families just announced that Kids Central, Inc., a local non profit organization will continue to oversee foster and adoptive related services within five local Central Florida counties for five more years. The announcement comes with the award of a $200 million contract.

"We are confident that this decision is one that has the best outcome for local children and families as well as Florida's taxpayers. KCI has been a tremendous partner in recent years, focusing heavily on prevention efforts, family preservation and of course adoption." says John K. Cooper, Central Region Director for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The Department awarded the contract on June 23. It will extend from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2016. "We are excited to continue to work with Kids Central, Inc. Our organizations both maintain the same focus: to do what's right for children and their families," says William D'Aiuto, who serves as the local DCF administrator in those five counties.

Florida's Child Welfare System is managed in partnership through 20 Community Based Care (CBC) organizations across the state. Community Based Care organizations are private, nonprofit agencies with local ties to the community that they serve. These agencies contract directly with organizations who provide direct case management services which include: adoption, family preservation, foster care, protective services and independent living services. Contracts are awarded through an intensive, competitive bidding process.