BY JAMES HARPER
The Florida Department of Children and Families has named a man from South Carolina as the new community development administrator in Circuit 7, which covers Flagler, Putnam, Volusia and St. Johns counties.
Arnold Anderson will replace Reggie Williams, who retired as the administrator Feb. 29 to take on a new challenge as CEO for the Children’s Advocacy Center, which provides forensic services for children that are abused and or neglected.
“As the community development administrator, Anderson will work with the resources that are unique to our local communities to ensure that DCF’s social services delivery system is optimized to meet local needs,” said John Harrell, spokesman for the Northeast Region for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Expanding DCF’s Partners for Promise program in Circuit 7 will be one of Anderson’s key priorities, Harrell said.
“As part of DCF’s Strategic Vision, the Department is working to engage communities by seeking partnerships to promote local families designed to strengthen families. DCF’s new Partners for Promise program bring local businesses together to partner with the Department to help children and families in need. Anderson’s skills will be valuable in carrying out these initiatives,” Harrell continued.
Anderson has served as the director of program services at Carolina Youth Development Center in the Charleston, S.C. area. Anderson also was the director of residential services for Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. in Jacksonville, N.C., where he was responsible for program development at the mental illness and substance abuse residential treatment facility.
He has worked as a clinical social worker for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Family Advocacy Program at Fort Jackson, S.C. and served as a mental health counselor with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and has worked as a child protective investigator in the state of Connecticut.
Anderson has a master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York.