ST. LUCIE COUNTY - Communities Connected for Kids (CCKids) has announced that it is now eligible for more federal funding after meeting the Florida statewide goal of licensing 40 percent of children placed with relatives and non-relatives.

The push to license non foster-parent caregivers enables child welfare organizations like CCKids to to draw down more federal funds.

The 40% goal was reached this month and nearly 80% of all CCKids cases are now eligible for additional federal dollars. That ranks CCKids among the top performers in the state.

Licensing non foster-parent caregivers has become essential in Florida and throughout the nation because of new federal laws that significantly impact the way states pay for child and family services.

It has become especially important because of the impact of COVID-19 which has made tax-generated state funds less available.

In a news release CCKids says the additional funding will translate into more “stability for vulnerable children and better, more successful programs” that help them.

Licensing non foster-parent caregivers also means that the relatives of more children can receive the types of services that have been available to licensed foster parents for years. Those services build emotional and financial support and create greater stability for children.

CCKids provides foster care and child protection services in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. Its mission is to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of children.

Learn more about CCKids at cckids.net.

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