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About Heartland for Children
Improving safety, permanency, and well-being for all children in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
To eliminate child abuse and neglect in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
Heartland for Children
In March 2003, Heartland for Children was selected as the lead agency for Community Based Care in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. As the lead agency, Heartland for Children assumed the responsibilities for System Administration of a comprehensive child welfare service provider network that included protective services, foster care, adoptions, independent living, prevention, family preservation, family support services and other related services. Heartland for Children has taken the child welfare system in Circuit 10 to a performance focused and results oriented system.
Heartland for Children is an engaged, fully mature, system administrator. We offer strong leadership and partnership with diverse agencies across Florida. We are committed to safety, quality, consistency, and accountability in everything we do. HFC’s primary role in the system of care is not to provide direct services, but rather to serve as a system administrator dedicated to building an integrated network of services with traditional and non-traditional providers and supports. This network has the capacity to provide a comprehensive array of culturally competent services to children and families in both rural and urban areas. As a system administrator, Heartland for Children manages resources effectively and efficiently to ensure positive outcomes for children and families. The current budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 is $44,095,549
As the existing lead agency, we have a proven track record in this community. We have an in-depth understanding of the vast array of existing community resources, as well as, the strengths and challenges in each of our communities. Going forward, we will continue to build on our strong relationships and past experiences, continuously learning from our mistakes and successes and relentlessly pursuing excellence.