MIT Public Service Center

Change the “face” of social work with social networking.

Department of Children and Families/Family Support Services of Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville, FL
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/
http://www.fssjax.org/

Background

The Florida Department of Children and Families provides a variety of social services, and serves more Floridians than any other state agency. DCF investigates reports of abuse and neglect involving children and vulnerable adults, oversees foster care and adoptions, provides economic assistance to families in need, licenses and inspects child care facilities and family day care homes, and contracts with local providers for services to help people with substance abuse and mental health issues. The Northeast Region of DCF serves a population of 2.4 million people in 20 Northeast Florida counties, including the areas of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and Gainesville. DCF’s Northeast Region is a high-performing region, having ranked as the number one region in the state for reducing the number of children in the foster care system, adoptions and state innovation awards received by employees. Additionally, DCF’s Northeast Region has contributed to making Florida the number one state in the country for accuracy in food stamp processing and the number of children adopted out of foster care. You can read their feature story from the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/us/25florida.html

The Challenge

Social workers lack design, budget and technical skills to keep up with the technology that our clients use (foster teens, foster parents). We need an innovative look at developing a Facebook page and a “tweet” following. Student would be instrumental in changing the “face” of social work.

The organization is committed to support student with program knowledge and guidelines.

Qualifications, Preferences, and Assets

Ability to design websites, Facebook pages and “tweets.”

Time constraints

Would like to complete in one year. Summer employment

Contacts

Nancy Dreicer
Northeast Region Director
5920 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL 32211
(904) 723-2050 (o) or (904) 571-4366 (c)
nancy_dreicer@dcf.state.fl.us

E. Lee Kaywork
Vice President-Research & Development
4057 Carmichael Avenue, Suite 101, Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 421-5800 x 710 (o) or (904) 200-7811 (c)
lee.kaywork@fssnf.org

PSC Support

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