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," said Congressman Webster.
Congressman Daniel Webster and Healthy Families Florida today presented the Daniel Webster Leadership Award to Richard Corcoran, incoming speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The award is named in honor of Congressman Daniel Webster who, as Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 1998, led the legislative creation of Healthy Families Florida, an evidence-based child abuse prevention program.
"I am proud to recognize Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran for his support of Florida’s families and Healthy Families Florida. Strong families are the foundation of a thriving society. Healthy Families is a proven program that assists at-risk families in a way that will benefit our state for generations," said Congressman Webster.
"I am honored to accept the Daniel Webster Leadership Award from Healthy Families Florida. Congressman Webster left an incredible legacy for Florida’s families and I am honored to call him a friend," said Speaker-designate Corcoran. "I’ve never regretted investing in the lives of Florida’s children. It is essential to support initiatives that will strengthen Florida families - the backbone of our great state."
Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited voluntary parent coaching and support 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, Healthy Families Florida has helped thousands of children by empowering parents with education and community support. Since 2009, Daniel Webster Leadership Award winners have included legislators, policy makers, law enforcement officials and community leaders who have demonstrated a passion for and commitment to effective prevention.
"Our first priority is making sure that every child in Florida has the opportunity to be safe and healthy," said Secretary Mike Carroll of the Florida Department of Children and Families. "Speaker-designate Corcoran played a pivotal role in ensuring funding so that Healthy Families could continue to offer its outstanding services to as many Florida parents and their children as possible. I thank him for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of Florida’s most vulnerable children."
"Healthy Families has a proven track record of keeping children free from abuse during services and even years after the family completes the program. We are thankful for leaders like Speaker- designate Corcoran and Congressman Webster who recognize the importance of helping vulnerable families build on their strengths and overcome challenges that place their children at risk. Their support leaves a lasting impact on the lives of children and families throughout Florida," said Jennifer Ohlsen, Executive Director of Healthy Families Florida.
Doug Sessions, President & CEO of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, Jennifer Ohlsen, Executive Director of Healthy Families Florida and Speaker-Designate Richard Corcoran