Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 25, 2016
REVISED October 25, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #16

FY 2016-17 Funding Agreement - Child Welfare System Advocate


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Cheri Coryea, Director, x 3468
Allen Donahue, Human Services Program Manager, x 3467

Action Requested
Authorization for the County Administrator to execute Funding Agreement with Sarasota Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide for a Child Welfare System Advocate position for the time period of October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
F.S. 125
Manatee County Code 2-2-251 through 2-2-259
Resolution R-90-169
Ordinances 91-42, 94-28, 97-30, 99-30

Background Discussion
  • On September 15, 2016, the Board adopted the Fiscal Year 2016/17 budget that included funding for programs through the Children's Services Dedicated Millage.
  • A funding agreement by and among the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners, and Department of Health in Sarasota County was prepared to provide the appropriate funding mechanism and service level accountability for the Child Welfare System Advocate position.
  • The Child Welfare System Advocate position is a vital key to improvement of the child welfare system and oversight of the Community Based Care provider, ensuring the safety of the children at risk of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and who have been placed in foster homes, residential group homes, emergency shelters, as well as kinship care homes.
  • The System Advocate investigates systematic issues as they arise and works with appropriate parties to resolve and/or improve them.  The Advocate plays an integral role with the Family Safety Alliance for the 12th Judicial Circuit, which includes Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties.
  • On October 11, 2016, the funding agreement was executed by the Sarasota County Commissioners as well as the Department of Health in Sarasota.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Response to RLS 15-307 is attached.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Provide two executed originals of Funding Agreement to Allen Donahue, Community Services, for distribution to Sarasota Board Records and Department of Health Sarasota.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
Children's Services Dedicated Millage 104.0015002

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  RLS 15-307 Response - System Advocate agreement 1516.pdf
Attachment:  FY1617 System Advocate Agreement.pdf