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FEDERAL ADVOCACY ALERT – ACTION NEEDED NOW

Florida is in a crisis! Florida ’s Title 4E Waiver is days away from expiring – October 1, 2019.  Although Florida’s Child Welfare Stakeholders have been preparing for this dramatic system change, there is a great possibility we will not be prepared, and children will suffer.

This will put $120 million at risk for services that safely keep kids at home — and out of foster care. This is a crisis for 10,000 Florida children.

We need Congress’ support to extend our 4E Waiver or provide transitional funding for the two years until Florida implements the federal Family First Prevention Services Act so children can continue to receive the preventive services and keep families stronger together.

Please contact your local Congressional Member (don’t know who that is? Click on this link : https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative ) and request their support and action:

1st: THANK our 24 Congressional members for signing on to support a solution.

2nd: ASK your Congressional member to keep this issue a priority and to find a legislative or administrative solution so we can continue to serve kids through proven programs.  We need supplemental funding in the continuing resolution, or we need a workaround for Florida so we do not jeopardize the future of Florida children.

Social Advocates:
Stay connected

Click ‘Read More’ to find your congressional member’s social media handle.

Member of CongressTwitterFacebook
Bilirakis, Gus M.@RepGusBilirakishttps://www.facebook.com/GusBilirakis
Buchanan, Vern@VernBuchananhttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBuchanan
Castor, Kathy@USRepKCastorhttps://www.facebook.com/USRepKathyCastor
Crist, Charlie@CharlieCristhttps://www.facebook.com/CharlieCrist
Demings, Val@Val_Demingshttps://www.facebook.com/Val.Demings
Deutch, Ted@RepTedDeutchhttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedDeutch
Diaz-Balart, Mario@MarioDBhttps://www.facebook.com/mdiazbalart
Dunn, Neal@DrNealDunnhttps://www.facebook.com/NealDunnForCongress
Frankel, Lois@RepLoisFrankelhttps://www.facebook.com/RepLoisFrankel
Gaetz, Matt@MattGaetzhttps://www.facebook.com/RepresentativeMattGaetz
Hastings, Alcee L.@RepHastingsFLhttps://www.facebook.com/Congressman-Alcee-L-Hastings-95696782238
Lawson, Al@AlLawsonJrhttps://www.facebook.com/AlLawsonJr
Mast, Brian@BrianMastFLhttps://www.facebook.com/BrianMastFL
Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie@RepDMPhttps://www.facebook.com/RepDMP
Murphy, Stephanie@SMurphyCongresshttps://www.facebook.com/SMurphyCongress
Posey, Bill@congbillposeyhttps://www.facebook.com/bill.posey15
Rubio, Marco@marcorubiohttps://www.facebook.com/MarcoRubio
Rutherford, John@JRutherfordFLhttps://www.facebook.com/JohnRutherfordFL
Scott, Rick@ScottforFloridahttps://www.facebook.com/RickScottSenOffice/
Shalala, Donna E.@RepShalalahttps://www.facebook.com/RepShalala/
Soto, Darren@USRepDarrenSot
Steube, W. Gregory@RepGregSteubehttps://www.facebook.com/RepGregSteube/
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie@RepDWStweetshttps://www.facebook.com/RepDWS
Wilson, Frederica@RepWilsonhttps://www.facebook.com/RepWilson
Yoho, Ted@RepTedYohohttps://www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedYoho

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