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Board of Directors – Voices for Florida, 26 Aug 2014 [cached]
Mike Watkins , CEO at Big Bend Community Based Care, Inc., created in 2002 as a direct response to Florida's Legislature and Department of Children and Families initiative to improve child welfare services by developing solutions to care for children and families in their home communities.
Before serving as CEO of Big Bend Community Care, Inc., Mike served as District Administrator, District 7, for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where he developed and maintained a network of community stakeholders to effectively promote the alcohol, drug abuse and mental health, developmental disabilities, childcare, child welfare, adult welfare and public assistance programs and implemented a major legislative initiative to modernize the department's public assistance program by saving more than $10 million dollars, reducing the number of full time positions by more than 300 and increasing productivity by 25%.
Mike Watkins, chief ..., 4 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mike Watkins, chief executive of Big Bend Community Based Care, said young people who have been abused, abandoned or neglected need specialized services to deal with the repercussions and those who also have disabilities need a separate set of services that APD is best qualified to provide.
I dont think its an either-or, Watkins said.
Florida underreports adoptions, loses federal money [cached]
But last year the agency switched to a new computerized method of reporting statistics and that transition caused the error, said Mike Watkins, DCF's director of family safety.
"In actuality, the number of children adopted from one fiscal year to the next has increased dramatically," Watkins said.
States that increase the number of children adopted from foster care qualify for annual "bonuses" - $4,000 for each child and $6,000 if that child has special needs.
Florida earned about $120,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2000-2001.Two years before that, it earned $2.6 million.
This year, Florida was one of 27 states that received no bonus.
Democrats, GOP Push for DCF Reform, 19 July 2002 [cached]
Mike Watkins, director of DCF's Family Safety Division, said he would be helping in screening those employees who would be selected for these special teams heading to Central and South Florida.
Watkins said it was unlikely, however, that any caseworkers in District 14 -- which includes Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties -- would be reassigned.
State Rep.
Looser standards boost numbers, 13 Sept 2007 [cached]
Mike Watkins, the DCF's director of family safety programs, says the number of deaths, runaways and jailed children is so small that it has no serious effect on the statistic.
What's more, Watkins says, the agency has had great success in moving more children into adoption.
The proportion of foster children available for adoptions, according to Watkins, has risen from about 58 percent during the year Bush took office to more than 64 percent last year.
''They thought we should have thorough investigations,'' Watkins said.
Watkins said the DCF continues to ''make every effort'' to see the children within 24 hours. But, he said, it is simply impossible to assure that an investigator sees a child right away in every case.
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