To support its increased workload, Our Kids made the strategic decision to provide intake staff with a single system to manage case processing, a task that would otherwise require staff to switch between three different government systems. Our Kids understood that by bringing together information silos, it could improve accountability through the thoroughness of data while laying the groundwork needed to drive more successful outcomes for children in the system.
The 113th. Congress recognizes Ms. Fran Allegra for her 10 years of dedicated service and innovation she brought to the South Florida community
The award, founded in 1988, recognizes organizations and individuals who have used information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and business and change the world for the better. In an especially competitive year for this prestigious program, Computerworld relied on a panel of 22 distinguished judges -- many of them Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader Honorees from diverse industries -- to evaluate the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need. The Our Kids case study on the implementation of Dell SonicWALL was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.
Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. is the non-profit lead agency for community-based care in Miami and the Florida Keys. Since 2005, the agency has provided foster care, adoptions and related services for more than 3,500 abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families. As a contractor with the State of Florida, Our Kids receives state and federal funding. The agency employs approximately 200 personnel and works with over 1,000 community providers who require different levels of access to their database.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption™ Program provides Members of Congress the opportunity to honor an individual or entity from their district that has made an extraordinary contribution on behalf of children in need of homes.
These heroes hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and represent the wide spectrum of individuals involved in the adoption and foster care process. Since the program’s inception, over 1400 Angels have received this honor. CCAI also honors a select number of National Angels in Adoption™. As the name implies, these are individuals whose contributions in the fields of adoption or foster care have had a national impact. Past recipients of this award include First Lady Laura Bush, Bruce Willis, Muhammad Ali, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Henry Winkler, and CBS Studios.In addition to giving Members of Congress a firsthand look at the foster care and adoption related work taking place throughout the country, the Angels in Adoption™ program seeks to draw global attention to the positive difference adoption makes in the life of a child. Last year’s event alone resulted in 124 human interest stories being published in newspapers throughout the nation. These stories serve as inspiration for others to step forward to consider fostering or adopting.Once selected, Angels in Adoption™ travel to Washington D.C. to participate in three days of events all designed to train them in using their personal experience to affect change on behalf of children in need of homes and to celebrate their hard work and dedication to the issue.
Today, the ITFlorida Board of Directors announced the 2009 finalists for the annual Awards Program, which will culminate with the announcement of awards winners at the highly anticipated 7th Annual Awards Gala and Tech Forum, November 10-11, at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, the ITFlorida Board of Directors announced the 2009 finalists for the annual Awards Program, which will culminate with the announcement of awards winners at the highly anticipated 7th Annual Awards Gala and Tech Forum, November 10-11, at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.Participants in the Gala will include Florida House Speaker Designate Dean Cannon; State CIO David Taylor; Dr. Ken Ford, Chair of the NASA Advisory Council and Director of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition; State Representative Marlene O'Toole; Earnie Franklin, Chair of ITFlorida and President of Incepture; Roger Berry, CIO for Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide; and representatives of numerous small businesses and IT-enabled corporations throughout Florida."As an industry, we are proud to announce this slate of remarkable finalists, who represent the forefront of Florida's knowledge economy," said Earnie Franklin, Chair of ITFlorida. "For every year of the program, we have set a new record for number of nominations received, which in 2009 was 243. I'm certain that our Gala event at Disney next month will break new ground and continue our shared mission of making Florida a leader in high tech advancement."For more information about the Gala and Tech Forum, visit www.itflorida.com.
Miami, Fl – May 11, 2010 – Patricia K. Smith, Chief Information Officer of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the local lead agency for child welfare in Miami and the Keys, has been selected as a winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2010 Technology Leaders of the Year Award in the Best Use of Technology category. Smith was recognized for her leadership in the development and implementation of the highly acclaimed OK Connect mobile device for child welfare caseworkers.“Patricia Smith won for the OK Connect project because the return on investment has been measured in lives, not dollars,” said Frances P. Allegra, CEO of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe. “The technology makes case managers more productive, frees up time to see children and adds to the case manager’s quality of life.”Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., the agency that provides privatized foster care and adoption services for more than 3,500 children in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, addressed the concern for the state’s system for tracking abused an abandoned youths with the OK Connect project. In 2008, Our Kids partnered with AT&T to launch OK Connect, a cutting edge mobile device for child welfare caseworkers. Using softwareand equipment supplied by AT&T and Samsung, dozens of case managers now have laptops (equipped with Wifi) and Samsung Blackjack III Windows mobile phones which allow them to manage cases from the front lines. Using their mobile phone, case managers take a date, time and GPS location stamped picture of the foster children in their case load during the monthly home visit which, provides the State of Florida with irrefutable proof that children are being frequently monitored for their safety. Governor Charlie Crist recently approved an additional $6.3 million in funding to expand the program statewide.The technology allows case managers to stay in touch and fosters productivity while protecting the privacy of the children with features like encryption and remote disabling of lost or stolen devices. Most importantly, the program has improved the agency’s monitoring capabilities by enabling it to validate that foster children have been seen, with vital details regarding where, when, and by whom.Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., a Florida non-profit organization, is the local lead agency for child welfare in Miami and the Keys. Its mission is to oversee and lead a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties
AT&T Case Study: Mobility in Action
Patricia Smith of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe selected as a winner of the 2010 technology leaders of the year in best use of technology category
2008 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s Angels in Adoption Award. Our Kids was nominated by Representative Kendrick B. Meek for outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues.
Dear President Shalala, We wanted to share some great news. We just learned that we were awarded a federal education grant. This award is fitting recognition for the terrific work on the grant application by our key partners at Communities in Schools and is the result of the great collaboration we have with Communities in Schools, Miami-Dade Public Schools and our local Juvenile Court Judges. We could not have succeeded without their essential help and great work. Here are some specifics: HHS CHILD WELFARE GRANT – EDUCATION SYSTEM COLLABORATIONS TO INCREASE EDUCATIONAL STABILITY The Department of Health and Human Services announced that Our Kids was awarded a $500,000 grant over two years to fund Infrastructure building efforts that deepen partnerships between the child welfare system, school system and critical stakeholders. The Grant supports work in areas we have identified where we can improve protocols and maximize utilization of existing programs/models: · Our Kids will partner with Communities in Schools to enroll 80 foster youth in their evidence-based program for drop-out prevention. We will evaluate the program’s effectiveness when working with foster youth. · Our objective will be to plan and develop procedures and protocols that will ensure that the “Education and Career Plan” will become the cornerstone in our multi-disciplinary efforts to coordinate and communicate among our partnering child welfare agencies, the M-DCPS System, the Court and Communities in Schools of Miami. · Our Kids and Communities in Schools to address the educational needs of foster youth because of its proven effective Integrated Student Services model for student success. · Our Kids and Miami-Dade Public Schools have an excellent electronic data-sharing agreement and education records maintenance system in place. Our objectives will be to provide adequate tools, knowledge and training opportunities so that child welfare staff can effectively use the M-DCPS. To enhance the cooperative venture between M-DCPS, the Court and Our Kids that is co-located at the Juvenile Justice Center in Miami, we will develop an improved information sharing system. Our goal is to provide judges and youth support team members with the most critical data needed so that informed decisions can be made while at court. In addition, the grant helps us better align our efforts with DCF’s new education initiatives. Helping our kids succeed in the classroom is the best way we can prepare them to become successful, self-sufficient adults. This grant is one more step on the path to that goal.