Congratulations to Larry Cooper for receiving the 2018 Child Welfare Champion Award!
The award honors those whose advocacy makes a positive impact on the lives of Florida's youth and their families. We are extremely proud of Mr. Cooper, who serves at the Children's Home Network's Chief of Intervention and Preventative Services.
He has supervised the Kinship prevention and early intervention program in Hillsborough County, since 2001, and continues today. In addition, Mr. Cooper expanded the program into Pinellas, Pasco, Osceola, Seminole and Orange counties; and directed a federally funded Kinship Navigation grant (KIN-TECH project of 2012-2015), one of only seven awarded nationally from The Children’s Bureau under the 2008 Foster Connections legislation.
As Chief of Intervention and Preventative Services, he leads the network of community based services that strengthen families including 3 Family Resource Centers, the Healthy Families Program, SEEDS (a case management program for children under the age of 8 with developmental needs), and home based counseling and tutoring.
In addition, Mr. Cooper was awarded the 2017 Florida Coalition for Children “Social Worker of the Year” and in 2016 was awarded the National Association of Social Workers, Tampa Bay Unit “Social Worker of the Year” Award.
The award presentation took place at the 2018 Child Protection Summit by the Florida Department of Children and Families.