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Children's Home Society of Florida selects new CEO during pivotal time in child welfare reform

Michael J. Shaver, CEOWINTER PARK, Fla. (September 18, 2014)—As Florida implements key changes within its child welfare system, the state’s largest and leading child-serving organization, Children's Home Society of Florida, has named Michael J. Shaver, former chief operating officer and executive vice president of Children’s Home + Aid in Chicago, its new CEO. Shaver succeeds David A. Bundy, who served as CEO from 2000 until his retirement July 1, 2014.

“We are very pleased that Mike has joined Children's Home Society of Florida as our chief executive officer at this critical time. While key changes have been made as a result of child welfare reform, Children's Home Society of Florida believes that more needs to be done to focus on overall child well-being ,” says Charles Cromer, chair of the state board of directors for Children's Home Society of Florida.  “With Mike’s experience, successes and inspirational vision for our organization, Children's Home Society of Florida will continue to be a leader, innovator and strong voice for children and families across the state and nation.”

Though legislative changes have affected child welfare services in Florida, challenges remain for organizations dedicated to serving children and families holistically. As current government silos restrict such organizations’ abilities and impact, Children's Home Society of Florida has ventured into collective impact models, collaborating with other non-profit, for-profit, governmental and educational entities to provide integrated services to vulnerable children and families. Shaver’s experience in collective impact, including his leadership in bringing the model to Chicago’s most troubled neighborhoods, is key as Children's Home Society of Florida looks to embark on more strategic opportunities.

“Lasting solutions to social challenges are best created when organizations work together to achieve goals that will have dramatic, lifetime impacts on those we serve,” Shaver says. “Children's Home Society of Florida is already way ahead in shaping the way we care for children and families, and it’s a privilege to join the team that’s dedicated to doing it best.”

In addition to Shaver’s belief and experience in strategic collaboration, he believes in using research, evidence and data to develop, deliver and analyze innovative practices and programs to ensure children and families receive only effective, quality services.

Prior to his seven-year role with Children’s Home + Aid, Shaver ran a management consulting business, served as deputy director for Fostering Results in Chicago and spent several years with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College. 

 

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