In keeping with the goals established in our new Strategic Plan, PSF has established five Children’s Partnership Councils to further engage community partners in our outlying areas. Councils have been initially established in Perry, Live Oak, Lake City, Trenton and Starke and are made up of community leaders and representatives from community agencies, civic groups and businesses that share our goal of serving at-risk youth and their families.
Serving as the consultant for this new venture, Mona Gil de Gibaja has worked tirelessly to ensure the councils’ success. With the first meetings held in June, Mona has been engaging our eager councils, which all agreed to meet again in July or August. This second meeting provided the opportunity for PSF to share county-specific data on child welfare outcomes that the councils had requested to see for each of their specific communities.
Councils will meet as often as they choose, but at least four times each year. During the first meetings, council members addressed the ultimate goals in their establishment. Throughout the year, councils will review the data specific to their counties, identify additional community partners that can impact our system of care and create workgroups to address pressing issues that impact the children and families in our care. PSF also hopes to identify individuals interested in serving on PSF’s Board of Directors in order to ensure the engagement of our rural communities.
PSF is confident that the Children’s Partnership Councils will serve as an innovative way to reach our uniquely large coverage area and will strengthen relationships in our outlying areas. PSF would like to thank all individuals who have volunteered to serve on these councils as our agency looks forward to working with them in the years ahead. PSF would also like to especially thank Mona Gil de Gibaja for her efforts, contagious enthusiasm and dedication to making the idea of these councils a reality.
For more information about the councils, please contact Mona at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-872-3630.