Daniel Webster Leadership Award
This annual award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. It is named in honor of Congressman Daniel Webster who, as Florida Speaker of the House in 1998, worked tirelessly to pass the legislation that created Healthy Families Florida, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program.
I am tremendously proud to have been a part of bringing Healthy Families to our state. I am honored to have my name attached to the award given annually to recognize individuals who have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to sustaining, enhancing and growing Healthy Families Florida Congressman Daniel Webster
Pictured: Jennifer Ohlsen, Executive Director of Healthy Families Florida; Secretary Chad Poppell, Florida Department of Children and Families; Senate President Pro Tempore Aaron Bean; Senate Majority Leader Kathleen Passidomo; Senate President Wilton Simpson; Senator Doug Broxson; Senator Jason Brodeur and Doug Sessions, Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida CEO
Congressman Daniel Webster and Healthy Families Florida recently announced Senate President Pro-Tempore Aaron Bean as the recipient of the 2020 Daniel Webster Leadership Award. This accolade is presented annually to recognize individuals for their outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
"Throughout his Legislative service, Aaron Bean has been dedicated to protecting children and ensuring that they have hope for a bright future. He has consistently promoted positive change in our child welfare system and promoted a focus on preventing abuse and neglect," said Congressman Webster.
"Prevention programs are critical to improve the health and safety of Florida’s children," said Secretary Chad Poppell, Florida Department of Children and Families. “Healthy Families Florida is proven to prevent abuse and neglect and is an important partner in our mission. On behalf of Florida’s children and families, I am grateful to President Pro Tempore Bean for his support of programs that strengthen families and empower communities."
"I am humbled to receive this honor from Congressman Webster, Healthy Families Florida and the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. Protecting children is one of our most important jobs," said Senate President Pro-Tempore Bean. "Prevention programs not only save money but can completely transform the life of a child. It is my mission to help families and children not just survive, but thrive."
"Healthy Families Florida impacts thousands of vulnerable families who benefit from voluntary parent coaching and support. We are grateful to Senate President Pro Tempore Bean, Congressman Webster and other advocates who recognize the long-lasting benefits of prevention services. Healthy Families could not succeed without the influence and support of policy makers standing behind our hard work," said Doug Sessions, President and CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.
Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited voluntary home visiting program proven to prevent child abuse and neglect by building on family strengths to promote healthy child development and family self-sufficiency. In partnership with the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, the Healthy Families Florida program has helped thousands of children by empowering parents with education and community support.