First Lady Ann Scott Named Florida’s Chief Child Advocate

6/15/2011 Tallahassee, Fla. –

The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet today held its first meeting of 2011 to update the new 20-member advisory body on the strategic plan and initiatives already underway. The Cabinet members also discussed new and innovative ways to improve coordination between Florida agencies and organizations that deliver services to children and youth.

“Over the past three years, the Cabinet has made tremendous strides in aligning policies, maximizing scarce resources and coordinating services across departments to work in the best interest of all Florida children,” said First Lady and Florida’s Chief Child Advocate Ann Scott. “As Chief Child Advocate, I look forward to seeing the accomplishments and results of this Cabinet ensuring that children in Florida grow up safe, educated, and prepared to meet their full potential.”

Created in 2007, Florida’s Children and Youth Cabinet consists of 20 members including, the secretaries of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as the directors of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Other members include the State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem Office and the director of the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection. Additionally, the Governor appoints five members from around the state who are representatives of children and youth advocacy organizations, but who are not service providers. Rounding out the 20 are the five ex-officio members or their designees for the Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Florida Supreme Court, Senate President and Speaker of the House.

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