Our relationship with DCF benefits families and the state

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Better Together CEO Megan Rose and DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris stand together against a yellow wall.


Trust plays a big part in our relationships — with our families, our volunteers, with the state of Florida.

We are proud of our partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families. It’s a strong relationship that’s been built on trust and collaboration since 2015. Some 60% of our families are referred to us by DCF and law enforcement. We have a proven track record of keeping families together. Not only keeping them together, but strengthening them and thus keeping them out of the state system and easing the burden on DCF.

Our families know that we are 100% privately funded, that they won’t lose custody of their children while working to strengthen their family in our Better Families program, and that our host families are vetted, background-checked and trained by our professional staff.

Only about 1 in 5 children in the system are removed from their homes due to physical or sexual abuse. Most cases involve neglect, which is preventable. Nearly half arise because of drug and alcohol abuse while others stem from housing issues, caretaker stress and poverty.

Our partnership with DCF recognizes that many of the issues that cause children to enter the foster care system are preventable and treatable — and that community action works.

We are proud of these relationships built on trust and collaboration, and of our proven track record, as we grow into Sarasota, Manatee County, the Tampa Bay region and Northeast Florida.

Together we will end the foster care crisis.


PHOTO ABOVE: Better Together CEO Megan Rose and DCF Secretary Shevaun Harris at the Child Protection Summit in September 2021.

Posted April 7, 2022 | Pamela Hayford

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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.