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Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the launch of the Continue the Mission initiative, which will recruit veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers to be child protective investigators and Department of Children and Families (DCF) case managers, as well as mentors to children in need, new case managers and child protective investigators.
Through DCF and the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA), the initiative will serve as a call to action for veterans, military spouses, and former law enforcement officers who still have a desire to serve their communities.
“Our veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers are a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and keeping our communities safe,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “I am excited there is a new pathway for these heroes to ‘Continue the Mission’ through rewarding career and mentorship opportunities protecting Florida’s children. We are not only helping children across the state, but also helping veterans and retired law enforcement with their mental and emotional well-being who may feel as though they’ve lost their purpose once they’ve left active duty or have retired.”
This initiative is a collaborative effort led by DCF and FDVA with other state partners, local veterans’ organizations and community groups.
Together, the agencies will actively recruit veterans, military spouses and former law enforcement officers for flexible career opportunities in the child and family well-being system.
They will also identify candidates to serve as mentors for children in need, new case managers and child protective investigators.
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“We know that working in this field can be a rewarding yet demanding career path,” said Department of Children and Families Secretary Shevaun Harris. “By recruiting candidates and mentors who have already succeeded in high-stress positions, we can build resiliency within our existing workforce, increase job retention and enhance the caliber of services provided to the children and families of Florida.”
DCF and FDVA will partner with local veterans groups in Tallahassee to host the initial recruitment event for veterans, their spouses and former law enforcement officers at Career Source in July.
DCF and FDVA also plan to expand recruiting efforts to Escambia (NAS Pensacola) and Okaloosa (Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field & Duke Field) counties by hosting Career Fairs in late July and early August.
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