Announcing New Leadership

It is with excitement and sadness that I am announcing my departure as the Director of Florida KIDS COUNT and retirement from the University of South Florida at the end of April. While I look forward to exploring new and captivating challenges, I will miss the daily reminders of this phenomenal network of expertise.

The privilege to serve communities throughout Florida and touch the lives of children and families across our nation has been wonderfully unparalleled. Throughout years of many successes and challenges, we have all learned so much and yet the quest for improved quality of life persists.

I extend a special thank you to all my amazing friends and colleagues across the nation and state for all that we have shared and accomplished together. Your energy and enthusiasm is to be celebrated!

Please assist me in welcoming the incoming Co-Directors for KIDS COUNT in Florida.

With gratitude,

Susan Weitzel


Florida KIDS COUNT TeamGreetings!

Hello and welcome to Florida KIDS COUNT! We would like to introduce ourselves, Patty Sharrock and Norín Dollard, as the new FKC Co-Directors beginning May 1, 2015. We are so pleased and excited to be leading this important initiative.  Along with Cindy McCann, FKC Coordinator since 2000, the Florida KIDS COUNT team is eager to continue current partnerships and cultivate new ones in a collaborative effort to increase the awareness about children’s well-being in our communities and statewide. (photo above, left to right: Norín Dollard, Patty Sharrock, and Cindy McCann).

We look forward to working with you!

Patty, Norín and Cindy

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

On any given day, nearly 57,000 young people in child welfare systems in the United States are not living with a family. In this latest KIDS COUNT policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights this and other sobering statistics that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to help raise more of these children.

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