National Youth Advocate Program expands their Florida offices into Palm Beach County

Pictured left to right: William Grear, Catherine Amendola, Candy Mota, Shannon Doner, KatieWarner, Karen Byrd and Natalie Thomas. Absent from photo: Lori Rosenthal and Lila Cavasos

Pictured left to right: William Grear, Catherine Amendola, Candy Mota, Shannon Doner, Katie
Warner, Karen Byrd and Natalie Thomas. Absent from photo: Lori Rosenthal and Lila Cavasos

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – The sun is not the only thing shining in Florida! National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) Florida is continuing to flourish under the direction of Program Director Katie Warner. And with the assistance of recently hired Lila Cavasos, Director of Development who is leading the effort in the state for expansion and new programming, you can count on Florida to get sizzling hot! Florida’s Broward County office continues to grow as ChildNet, the State’s lead agency for child welfare services, expands its relationship with NYAP by increasing the available funding for foster care services and recruitment activities. As a result of previous years’ successes, NYAP was awarded additional funding under the Broward County contract to bring on Candelaria (Candy) Mota, Recruiter who is responsible for increasing local foster parent recruitment and the licensing of new foster homes. Increased foster home capacity ultimately leads to serving additional children, thus strengthening our financial position while doing what we do best in helping children and their families. Candy joins William Grear, Training Manager; Lori Rosenthal, Licensing Manager; Natalie Thomas, Therapist; Shannon Doner, Treatment Coordinator; and Karen Byrd, Administrative Assistant. But the good news doesn’t stop there. When word gets out that an agency is hot, it becomes a prime time to flaunt success and get aggressive with expansion. Taking this opportunity seriously, NYAP courted the local child welfare lead agency in Palm Beach County and in January, we were able to secure a second contract in the state for Enhanced Therapeutic Foster Care services. Under this new contract, NYAP is funded for an initial recruiter position which is responsible for recruiting and licensing foster parents in the Palm Beach County area. NYAP welcomes Catherine Amendola, Recruiter in this role and we look forward to watching her utilize her experience and talents as we immerse ourselves into our new community.

NYAP’s target population for children served in our Palm Beach foster homes include children with oppositional and defiant behaviors, children with substance abuse issues, children who have been sexually exploited, and children who have medical issues. Administrative costs will be kept minimal as operations can flow out of the Broward County office. As the Palm Beach program grows and flourishes, we envision opening a second office in the County, both solidifying our presence and exposing us to other adjacent funders. Our new community has high expectations for Katie and her team.

Please join us in wishing them luck in their newest endeavor!

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