Commentary: Celebrating two decades of changing lives

April 1, 2024

In the two decades since the Florida Legislature launched the community-based care model of child welfare, Florida has gone from among the worst to being recognized as one of the best foster care systems in the country. Under the leadership of Embrace Families Community Based Care, impact metrics in Central Florida have consistently matched or outpaced other markets across the state.

As the agency celebrates its 20th and last anniversary, an Orlando Sentinel commentary by founding board member Owen Wentworth shares how staff and leaders weren’t content with improvement. They wanted transformation for Central Florida’s children and families.