BETTER

FAMILIES

BETTER

FAMILIES

Better Families:
Preventing the need of foster care

Better Families is aimed at preventing neglect and abuse before foster care is necessary. Our unique model enables parents who have fallen on hard times to voluntarily place their children with a loving host family for up to a year. Although, the average stay is only 41 days, and 90% of families are reunited in 90 days or less. As unpaid volunteers, host families focus on caring for the children, while a network of Better Together volunteers and partners help the parents get back on their feet. By design, 100% of the families are reunified, and we’re pleased to report that 98% of them stay together and out of the foster care system.

Our Core Values

Christlike Hospitality
Lifesaving Grace
Empowering Parents

Our 3 Objectives

Prevent abuse and neglect by providing a non-threatening safety net for families with children.

Lifting people up and wrapping a caring, compassionate community around them to make a lifechanging difference.

Empowering parents to help themselves, addressing the root causes that led to their crisis, and keeping families together.

The Overwhelming Problem Of Child Neglect

On any given day in Florida, 24,000 children are in foster care. As if that statistic isn’t staggering enough, millions of calls to the abuse hotline go unanswered because the system is totally overwhelmed.

Furthermore, more than half of the children who end up in foster care are there because of neglect, not sexual or physical abuse. Their parents simply could not make ends meet. Whether due to job loss, serious illness, disability or substance abuse, they became unable to provide a stable home, adequate food and safe childcare. Sadly, more serious abuse can occur when, out of desperation, they turn to a neighbor, relative or partner for help.

Overwhelmed by job, food and housing insecurity, these parents cannot focus on their children, and the consequences are dire. Parental neglect can affect everything from the child’s academic success to self-esteem and the ability to form healthy relationships.

However, this doesn’t have to be the case – child neglect is preventable!

Catching Families Before They Fall

Better Family’s proactive approach builds effective, lasting support systems for families. These relationships help them cope with their hardships, and, most importantly, prevent abuse, neglect and separation.

While foster care is set up to pull a drowning family out of the river just before they go over the waterfall, we offer a safety net further upriver. All parents have to do is grab on. In fact, sometimes we can help families before they fall into dangerous waters.

In other words, by partnering with Better Together, parents can halt the slide into more serious issues, including abuse, court involvement and custody loss. We give parents the tools they need to lift themselves out of poverty and stabilize their families – whether that means helping them work through challenges, connecting them to employers or providing a loving home to shelter their children while they focus full-time on achieving their goals.

A sustainable Model With Proven Results

Better Together has served more than 3,000 children since 2015. The greatest outcome is knowing we have helped to create better families, and our sincere hope is that we have laid the foundation for generations of successful families to come. Also, we can proudly add that we have saved taxpayers millions of dollars by preventing thousands of children from being placed in foster care.

How Families Get Help

Could you or someone you care about use a hand up? If Better Families could benefit you, we strongly welcome and encourage you to reach out and learn more!

Ways To Give

Better Families’ success depends upon generous donors and an army of volunteers. There are many ways to help, and we’re happy to personally connect you with the opportunity that is right for you!

Cammara OvertonBetter Together Team

Cammara Overton
Collier County Family Care Coordniator

Cammara worked in the international nonprofit sector and served as a missionary overseas for 10 years before joining Better Together as the Collier County Family Care Coordinator. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has a heart for building relationships and serving women, children and their families and sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ with everyone she meets. Cammara is passionate about coming alongside those seeking life change and helping them achieve all that they desire to do for themselves and their families. Cammara is very excited to be a part of the Better Together family by providing recourses and extending love and compassion to families in crisis.

Cammara and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time playing volleyball and hanging out with friends and their Italian pup, Harley. They both have a passion for serving the Lord and being the hands and feet of Jesus in their community.

Jennifer MoffittBetter Together Team

Jennifer Moffitt
Tampa Bay Region Home Study Specialist

Originally from Massachusetts, Jenn moved to Florida in 1993 to be closer to her parents, who had left the snow behind the year before. In 1996, she graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Jenn started her career working in private adoptions as a birth parent worker. After two years she was drawn to child welfare. For the next 19 years, she worked as a child protection investigator for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. In 2019 she began working for the Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit, as a child abuse specialist. She assisted prosecutors with interviewing child victims of abuse and neglect and served as a liaison with the Department of Children and Families and their local community providers.

Jenn and her husband, Shawn, were married on Christmas Day in 1999, and they have two boys, ages 12 and 20. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, taking day trips, visiting the beach, and vacationing in the mountains of North Carolina.

Katie MalloyBetter Together Team

Katie Malloy
Northeast Region Home Study Specialist

Katie was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended the University of Mississippi, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Katie has been working with children and families in the foster care system in Duval County since 2015. Her passion is advocating for children in care and helping build strong and healthy families. During Katie’s childhood, her church community was a great support system for her and her family. She’s a firm believer that the more people who love a child, the better.

Ruth DavidsonBetter Together Team

Ruth Davidson
Southwest Florida Church Engagement Director

Ruth has a passion for serving others. She believes strongly in giving back to the community and paying it forward. She loves to share her personal story of how, with God’s help, she was able to overcome past hurdles. Growing up in rural Kentucky in a large family that faced many struggles, she knows firsthand how God’s love can heal and restore broken families. She has the gift of hospitality and enjoys communicating with others with the hope that she is never meeting strangers, only making friends.

Ruth comes to Better Together with over eight years of ministry experience. After moving to Fort Myers from Fort Lauderdale in 2016, she served as an outreach coordinator for a nonprofit faith-based recovery program for more than five years. She was also an administrative assistant to her directors, scheduling events and successfully developing and establishing relationships with several businesses and churches in Southwest Florida. She has a relaxed way of making others feel comfortable, possessing a servant’s heart and loves outreach and missions.

Ruth currently resides in Naples and enjoys traveling, dining out, cooking, entertaining and serving in her community. She has two grown children, Martin and Annie, and one grandson, Drew, who loves to visit with his Nana.

Amanda ColafrancescoBetter Together Team

Amanda Colafrancesco
Sarasota/Manatee Home Study Specialist

Amanda was born and raised in Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in administration of justice from Salve Regina University. Upon graduation, she began a career in child welfare, specifically toward a goal of preventing children from entering the foster care system. Amanda brings diverse experiences in serving children and families in their home environments to her work with Better Together as a home study specialist. She is also a certified child welfare protective investigator through the Florida Certification Board and has over six years of child welfare experience. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys visiting with family and friends.

Better Together Team

Yohana Resto
Southwest Florida Executive Director

Yohana brings to Better Together 15 years of experience working in child welfare. She has served in various roles, including case manager, clinical services specialist, relative search specialist, foster family recruiter, and most recently a role conducting comprehensive assessments for children in foster care or relative care. Yohana has a heart and passion for serving children and families, and she brings to the organization a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. A graduate of Southeastern University and Nova Southeastern University with a bachelor’s in psychology and Master of Science in counseling, Yohana has a caring and compassionate heart to support families in need.

Yohana loves spending time with her husband, Miguel, and their four children—Isabela, Natalia, Jaxon and Jayden. You can frequently find them at a soccer game, as their girls enjoy playing competitive travel soccer. Yohana credits her relationship with God and personal salvation as the motivating force behind her desire to continue to serve her community.

Dawson JordonBetter Together Team

Dawson Jordan
Creative Director

Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.