Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

April 19, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications
~ Annual Report recognized today at Image Awards ceremony ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families today received an Award of Distinction from the Florida Public Relations Association Capital Chapter for the agency's annual report: "2011 Year in Review: Transformation of an Agency."

After being appointed by Governor Rick Scott early last year, Secretary David Wilkins laid out his vision to transform the department into a world-class social services organization.

The vision included empowering front-line staff by providing the tools they need to do the job right; improving programs while efficiently serving those in need; enabling accountability by guiding families toward self-sufficiency; and engaging communities by seeking businesses willing to donate their time, talent and resources to local individuals and families who need a helping hand.

"The annual report showcased the remarkable progress we made in 2011 in improving the lives of children and families, providing food, shelter and medical care to those in need and keeping vulnerable adults safe," Secretary Wilkins said. "I am extremely pleased that our hard work has been recognized."

The "2011 Year in Review" highlighted DCF's successes in child welfare, adult protection, benefit programs, substance abuse and mental health, among other areas. The award received today was in the category of Printed Tools of Public Relations.

The Annual Report is available online at:

To see more information about the Image Awards, please go to