Voice of Children’s Harbor President & CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Wynter
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘foster care’? You might think about the children who have been abused and feel sympathetic. You might think about an orphanage staffed by uncaring people. Or you might think about a dysfunctional system that is spending billions of taxpayer dollars. I think that the best way to learn about foster care is to listen to the voices of the people on the frontlines. As the CEO of Children’s Harbor, a child welfare nonprofit agency, I get the incredible opportunity to watch these children grow and blossom. I get to witness house parents go above and beyond and advocate for improvements to the system. Children’s Harbor is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. And after two decades of caring for children in the foster care system in residential group homes, we have lots of stories to share.
I want to share these personal stories to give you a glimpse into the world of foster care. I want you to hear the awe inspiring stories and the challenges facing people who live on the front line of the foster care system. I want you to join me in starting a real conversation about foster care with our legislators, community leaders, and the media. While I know that one voice is not loud enough to make a difference, I believe that by combining our voices we can amplify the message and impact the lives of ___ children in the foster care system across the state of Florida.