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Chief Community Relations Officer

Heartland for Children
Local Address: Bartow, Florida, United States
Heartland
1239 E MAIN ST
BARTOW, Florida 33830
United States

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Staff Directory
www.heartlandforchildren.org, 26 June 2013 [cached]
Kim Daugherty Chief Community Relations Officer kdaugher@heartlandforchildren.org (863) 519-8900 x 204
"It never got in front of ...
www.theledger.com, 25 Oct 2009 [cached]
"It never got in front of the judge," said Kim Daugherty, assistant executive director of Heartland for Children, which is contracted to oversee foster care in Polk County. She gave no explanation for the delay, saying, "It was being handled appropriately by the professionals in the child-welfare system."
In an Oct. 12 letter to Ann Berner, circuit administrator of DCF, which administers Heartland's contract, Daugherty provided additional detail.
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Nevertheless, Daugherty wrote, "it was apparent that Mrs. Lane was extremely eager to move forward with this surgery."
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Heartland licenses foster homes for a year at a time, Daugherty said, and the Lanes' license is set to expire sometime next year.
She said the Lanes have yet to comply with a request to provide in writing a detailed review of the steps they took leading to Natalie's surgery. Only then can Heartland move forward with evaluating their future as foster parents, Daugherty said.
The Ledger: Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
www.theledger.com, 19 Dec 2005 [cached]
"This is not a typical situation," said Kim Daugherty, director of community relations and prevention for Heartland for Children, a DCF contractor of adoption services in Polk County.
Children who spend so much time in foster or group homes form attachments that are difficult to break, Daugherty said.
Highlands County currently has 16 ...
highlandstoday.com, 29 Sept 2013 [cached]
Highlands County currently has 16 licensed foster families, according to Kim Daugherty, chief community relations officer for Heartland for Children, the organization that handles foster care placement in the three counties. The class the Dumases are taking includes seven new potential families in Highlands County, six of whom were recruited through the 111 Project, Daugherty said.
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Daugherty said that 268 children are currently being served by Heartland for Children in Highlands County.
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Having enough foster homes to meet the community's needs also means that workers looking to place children can choose what they feel is the best home for a child, and not just an available one, said Daugherty.
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There are currently no therapeutic or medical foster homes in Highlands County, Daugherty confirmed, and the number of traditional foster homes in Highlands County is not enough to meet the need.
One big misconception about foster parenting is that foster parents are in it for the money. "That is a huge myth," said Daugherty, adding that potential foster parents have to show financial stability and prove they have enough resources to care for themselves and their current biological children.
The board rate for a foster child depends on the age of the child and ranges from $429-$515, Daugherty said. That money is specifically to be used for the child, and Heartland for Children is committed to finding quality foster homes, she remarked.
Other objections include foster parents' fears of being reported to authorities by an angry foster kid and having their own kids taken away. While every report must be taken seriously and investigated, Daugherty confirmed that "just because a report is made doesn't mean we're going to swoop in and remove a child.
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Daugherty agreed that having so many entities involved is probably the biggest challenge for foster parents, rather than the kids themselves. Biological parents, medical professionals, the courts, guardians ad litem and case workers can all be a part of the decision-making process when it comes to medications and other factors affecting foster kids. "What does help is when all parties can come together and try to make the right decision in the interests of the child," Daugherty said.
Staff Directory
www.heartlandforchildren.com, 23 Aug 2008 [cached]
Kim DaughertyAssistant Executive Director-Prevention & Community Relationskdaugher@heartlandforchildren.org(863) 519-8900 x 204
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