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In partnership with Montgomery County Department of Job & Family Services, Children Services Division, FLOC assists the Agency in meeting the needs of children and families receiving services. FLOC accomplishes this through the successful fundraising , donations and solicitation. It is also the mission of FLOC to advance the welfare of the children assisted by MCDJFS, Children Services Division. Consequently, FLOC will strive to provide financial support, initiate and participate in public education, advocate for children's issues and provide support for agency events. Furthermore, FLOC strives to enrich the lives of children in Montgomery County who are alleged to be dependent, neglected, or abused as well as to help the agency maintain children in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment whenever possible
In June of 1980, Montgomery County Children Services perceived a need to have an independent non-profit organization to assist in fundraising to provide for direct needs of children served by the agency. Subsequently, For Love of Children (FLOC) was incorporated as a non-profit organization. Over the past twenty-seven years, FLOC has been actively involved in a variety of supportive activities for the agency. Some of the highlights of the past decade include participating in the annual Christmas for Kids project that provides new gifts for up to 2,000 children each year. Similarly, FLOC has helped provide duffel bags to children entering foster care so that they need not carry their belongings in trash bags. FLOC also receives requests throughout the year from caseworkers to provide for the unmet needs of families and children serviced by the agency. These requests have included purchases of furniture, beds, and appliances so that the agency does not have to remove children from a home simply because there may be physical inadequacies. FLOC has also purchased clothing, hearing aids, glasses, and mechanical wheelchairs. Other direct requests to benefit children have been in the nature of educational programs, payments of tuition for college and cosmetology school, driving education programs, and for campership programs. FLOC has worked hard over the past twenty-seven years to improve the quality of life of children served by the agency. The majority of children served by the agency come from multi-needs families. State and federal funds only provide enough money to meet mandated services. FLOC is in the unique position to assist the agency's clients with direct benefits or financial assistance that can sometimes make the significant difference in the environment, lifestyle and experiences of children involved in the child welfare system.
- Cheryl Spencer
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