George Sheldon, former secretary of the Department of Children andFamilies, will receive the 2010 Betsey R. Rosenbaum Award at the National Association of Public ChildWelfare Administrators?spring forum in Washington.
This award is given annually to an administrator of a state or local public child welfare agency who hasdemonstrated exceptional service in the field of child welfare. NAPCWA, an affiliate of the AmericanPublic Human Services Association, represents executives and administrators of city, county and statepublic child welfare agencies.
As former secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Secretary Sheldon managed a$3 billion budget and a 13,000 person workforce while experiencing $150 million in budget reductionsover three years with no personnel layoffs or reductions in service delivery. He transformed what wasknown as ?he troubled Department of Children and Families?into what the 2011 gubernatorialtransition team referred to as ?he best run agency in state government.?
The New York Times referred to Florida as ? radical transformation in child welfare.?Florida has seena 36 percent reduction in the number of children in out of home care in four years, a reduction in reabuse and ranks first in the country in adoptions.
While secretary, the department was responsible for the management of the repatriation of over 27,000Americans, 600 medical evacuees and over 600 adoptees following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.He expanded technology within the agency in order to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance(formerly known as food stamps) to three million recipients (up from 1.2 million only three yearsbefore) with limited additional staff, and rolled out the use of mobile technology in child welfare