About the Council
Children’s Services Councils:
The creation of a local Children’s Services Council begins with the vision and commitment of citizens of a county. It is through the efforts of local citizens that the creation of a Children’s Services Council is written on a ballot for all county citizens to cast their vote. Once approved by voters, a Children’s Services Council is officially created by a county commission through a local ordinance.
A Children’s Services Council is a local government body that oversees funding for programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. Chapter 125 of Florida Statutes (passed in 1986) governs the creation and operation of a Children’s Services Council, commonly referred to as a CSC. Florida is the only state in the nation that empowers communities to create a local government with the sole purpose of investing in the well being of families.
Florida Children’s Council:
The Florida Children’s Council is a premiere children’s advocacy organization serving as the statewide umbrella organization for the Children’s Services Councils. The Council’s mission is to promote policies that build effective primary prevention and early intervention systems of supports for Florida’s children and families by engaging and enhancing the collective strengths of the individual Children’s Services Councils of Florida. It provides an umbrella for leadership, coordination and oversight focusing on the status of children and their families. Based in Tallahassee, the Council ensures that state-level policy decisions do not hinder local communities’ ability to make targeted decisions benefiting their residents.
The Council is a non-profit and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of member Children’s Services Council’s Chief Executive Officers and their respective board chairs. The Executive Board is charged with creating and implementing a strategic plan by directing the Council’s CEO. Officers of the Executive Board include the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary who serve two-year terms.
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