Community Budget Issue Requests - Tracking Id #2648FY0001

Children's Advocacy Center: Family Assessment Center












Jeff Rainey


Administrative Office of the Court, 13th Judicial Circuit











Project Title:

Children's Advocacy Center: Family Assessment Center

Date Submitted:

2/16/01 11:36:38 AM












Victor Crist














Statewide Interest:

This is a local pilot project and would be considered a model program for statewide implementation.













Department of Children & Families Suncoast Region


Jeff Rainey


4000 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Contact Phone:

(813) 276-2762



Tampa 33605































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Project Description:








There are currently over 1,500 children in foster care in Hillsborough County. The average length of stay in care for these chilren is approximately thirty-six (36) months. The Dependency Court Division in Hillsborough County has seen a 270% increase in the total number of active cases since 1996. In response to the needs of the child welfare system in Hillsborough County, the Family Assessment Center has been proposed. The Assessment Center is a vested collaborative partnership of community stakeholders in the child welfare system, including: the Department of Children and Familes, the 13th Judicial Courts, the University of South Florida, the Spring of Tampa Bay, the Child Protection Team, the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, the Children's Home, Inc., the Tampa YMCA, and Hillsborough Kids, Inc. The Assessment Center would co-locate professionals from various disciplines, including: mental health, health and development, substance abuse, domestic violence, child protection and family assessment. The assessments would begin immediately upon a child entering the system and would be formulated with input from all participating agencies and disciplines of the Assessment Center. Professionals would identify child and family strengths and weaknesses, trhus assuring specific and appropriate coordinated service referral and intervention.












Measurable Outcome Anticipated:






The measurable outcomes for the Assessment Center Project would include: improved child safety and well being by more timely assessments, faster and more efficient links to services, higher degree of communication and collaboration between community agencies, more effective communication to the Court. Reduction in costs associated with service provision by eliminating the duplication of services recommended and offered to children and families.











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Is there a documented need for this project?






"Building a Better Child Welfare System: A Community Plan for Hillsborough County"











Was this project request heard before a publicly noticed meeting of a body of elected officials (municipal, county, or state)?




Hearing Body:

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners


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