DCF Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist

Robert A. Butterworth

January 4, 2008 850-488-4855

Children and Families Leadership Announces Renewal of Community-Based Care
Contract in Palm Beach County

~ Child and Family Connections will now oversee child protective services through June 2009 ~

BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. - Department of Children and Families Secretary Bob Butterworth, joined by Perry Borman, the new circuit administrator of DCF's 15th Circuit (Palm Beach County), announced today that the Department's contract with Child and Family Connections (CFC), the community-based care lead agency in Palm Beach County, will be renewed through June 30, 2009. The original contract was set to terminate June 30 of this year, but improvements in CFC's performance prompted the decision to extend the agreement.

Secretary Butterworth said the agency's most significant improvements were to programs and services provided to at-risk families, allowing children to safely remain with their families instead of being removed from their homes. Since June 30th of last year, CFC reduced the number of children in care by 500, a reduction of nearly 25 percent. Also during that period, the number of children in shelter beds dropped from 103 to 22, a reduction of nearly 80 percent.

"This is a great day for the children and families of Palm Beach County," said Secretary Butterworth. "We believe Palm Beach County's most vulnerable children are safer now than they were one year ago, and the partnership among investigators, providers, stakeholders, and Child and Family Connections is stronger than it has ever been."

Secretary Butterworth's remarks followed the introduction of new Circuit Administrator Perry Borman. Borman, who has more than two decades of non-profit and corporate leadership experience, most recently served as director of the Community Food Alliance in Boynton Beach.

"We're fortunate to have someone with Perry's education, experience, and enthusiasm leading our operations in Palm Beach County," said Secretary Butterworth. "And equally important, he lives in this community, has roots in this community, and he has great compassion for those who have no one else to turn to, but us."

Borman holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

For more information about the programs and services offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families, visit www.state.fl.us/cf_web/.


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