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Your influence matters

2021 Legislative Priorities

CHS 2020-2021 Advocacy Issues At-A-Glance

CHS Advocacy Issues Brief 2020-2021

Building A Strong, Stable and Prepared Frontline

Social Advocates:
Stay connected

Thank you 2020 CHS advocates for empowering children and families to build bridges to success.

Read the 2020 Legislative Impact Report for full details.

Additional Resources

Find Your Legislators

2020 Advocacy — Community Partnership Schools Infographic

FEDERAL ADVOCACY ALERT – Your advocacy on this important issue worked!

The Family First Transition Act successfully PASSED Congress and President Trump has signed into law. 

Thanks to each of you on your outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of Florida’s children and families.

Florida advocates including our CHS President and CEO, Andry Sweet worked directly with U.S. Senate Finance and House Ways and Means, majority and minority leadership and staff to shape this legislation to ensure Florida and other states can continue to serve children and families with seamless support and safety.

The Family First Transition Act will enable Florida to transition to the Families First Preservation Services Act (FFPSA) that requires major state policy changes by:

  • Providing insurance to Florida given our child welfare demonstration projects ended on October 1, 2019, guaranteeing we will not face a large financial shortfall as we transition to the new law; Retroactive to October 1, 2019 Florida is GUARANTEED no less than 90% of our waiver $120 million funding in year one and 75% in year two.
  • Providing a $28.9 million grant in one-time funding to Florida to help implement Family First; and,
  • Phasing in the Family First requirement that 50 percent of spending on foster care prevention be on programs meeting the highest level of evidence (“well supported”), allowing Florida to receive reimbursement for a broader range of evidence-based services in early years while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services works to expand its list of qualifying programs.

Full text of the bill can be found HERE.

A summary of the bill can be found HERE

Please contact your congressional member and thank them for their SUPPORT!

Social media examples:

Tag your US House member and BOTH US Senators and Thank them for their support in successfully passing S. 2777 or H.R. 4980 – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

Example:  Florida’s kids thank you for your support in passing S. 2777 @marorubio @SenRickScott and H.R 4980 @conbillposey – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

Example: Thank you for keeping more Fla families safe, strong and together in passing S. 2777 @marorubio @SenRickScott and H.R 4980 @conbillposey – Families First Transitions Act! #HelpFLKids #CHSAdvocacy

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

Member of CongressTwitterFacebook
Bilirakis, Gus M.@RepGusBilirakis
Buchanan, Vern@VernBuchanan
Castor, Kathy@USRepKCastor
Crist, Charlie@CharlieCrist
Demings, Val@Val_Demings
Deutch, Ted@RepTedDeutch
Diaz-Balart, Mario@MarioDB
Dunn, Neal@DrNealDunn
Frankel, Lois@RepLoisFrankel
Gaetz, Matt@MattGaetz
Hastings, Alcee L.@RepHastingsFL
Lawson, Al@AlLawsonJr
Mast, Brian@BrianMastFL
Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie@RepDMP
Murphy, Stephanie@SMurphyCongress
Posey, Bill@congbillposey
Rubio, Marco@marcorubio
Rutherford, John@JRutherfordFL
Scott, Rick@ScottforFlorida
Shalala, Donna E.@RepShalala
Soto, Darren@USRepDarrenSot
Steube, W. Gregory@RepGregSteube
Wasserman Schultz, Debbie@RepDWStweets
Wilson, Frederica@RepWilson
Yoho, Ted@RepTedYoho

Opening doors for future leaders: Senate Page Program

Annually, nearly a dozen youth receive CHS sponsorships to participate in the highly coveted Senate Page program in the Florida Legislature. Thanks to committed senators, teens in CHS programs, including our Community Partnership Schools, can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a firsthand look into the legislative process.

Teens work alongside lawmakers and have the chance to share their personal testimonies, providing legislators with unique perspectives about how decisions at the Capitol impact lives.

Since 2009, more than 75 CHS youth have experienced the Senate Page program.

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