The Safe Children Coalition
This organization is near and dear to our hearts. We love what they stand for and how many lives they touch. The Safe Children Coalition, INC. Is a non-profit community-based care provider that focuses on education, prevention, diversion and child welfare services. This includes both adoption and foster care.
“Our organization continues to serve the Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto counties. Serving our communities for over 21 years, the Safe Children Coalition is committed to providing services to meet the needs to the families and children.”
A little background information
Their vision for what the child welfare system in Florida could look like began simply a question of "what would you do if you could?"... and their answer "to have the community manage the foster care system". This question and answer came from the hearts of two compassionate leaders in Florida — former Governor Jeb Bush and former Sarasota Family YMCA President & CEO Carl Weinrich. Through these exchanges in 1994, the concept of Community Based Care was born.
Senator John McKay led the way to pass the first piece of legislation mandating that Sarasota County be a pilot for Community Based Care, with statewide implementation of local control to be realized by 2005.
In 1997 the YMCA became the lead agency of a coalition of 12 community agencies in the privatization of Child Welfare/Foster Care and related services in Sarasota County. The mission of the Foster Care program is to provide comprehensive services to children and families needing foster care or at risk of needing foster care through a collaborative effort that unites resources; holds all parties accountable to specific standards of care; evaluates performance and distribution of resources based on specific and measurable outcomes; holds permanency of the child's living arrangement and the continuity of relationships for the child as the primary goals; and provides these services through an inclusive and informative relationship with the community and state. The services provided include foster parent recruitment, training and licensure; adoptions; foster care; protective supervision; and voluntary family services.
Thank you Safe Children Coalition for allowing us to support all you do and this amazing organization.
8210 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202