WHEREAS, the life prospects for children are enhanced and protected by supporting and strengthening families in the communities where they live; and
WHEREAS, many City agencies, departments, and quasigovernmental bodies are concerned with the quality of life for children and families; and
WHEREAS, there is currently no central organization to coordinate the work of these various agencies in responding to the needs of families and children.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Edward G. Rendell, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia, in accordance with Section 3-100 of the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, do hereby order as follows:
SECTION 1. CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CABINET
A. There is hereby established a Children and Families Cabinet composed of the chief executive officers (or their designees) of the following City departments, offices, agencies, commissions, quasi-governmental agencies, and other governmental entities:
Department of Human Services Department of Health Department of Recreation Philadelphia Housing Authority Office of Housing and Community Development Mayor's Office of Community Services Office of Services to the Homeless and Adults School District of Philadelphia Fairmount Park Commission Mayor's Office City Council Managing Director's Office Common Pleas Court Free Library of Philadelphia.
B. The Commissioner of the Department of Human Services will chair the Children and Families Cabinet. The Commissioner is hereby authorized to speak on behalf of the Mayor on all matters before the Children and Families Cabinet. The Department of Human Services shall provide administrative support for the Cabinet's operations.
SECTION 2. CHARGE OF THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CABINET
The Children and Families Cabinet will undertake, at a minimum, the following responsibilities:
A. Advise the Mayor on the initiation, development and implementation of policies and programs throughout City government to achieve the purposes and goals of this Executive Order.
B. Implement a five-year plan for children and families.
C. Implement the Administration's overall strategy for the nurturing and protection of children within their families.
D. Review the major funding sources, policy proposals and coordination of the activities of all City and City-related agencies providing services to children and families.
SECTION 3. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
An Advisory Commission on Children and Families is hereby established to integrate the viewpoints and concerns of families, advocacy groups, the religious community, civic groups, and nongovernmental family service-related agencies and organizations that share a commitment to the purpose of this Cabinet. The Mayor will appoint, as members of the Commission, individuals who have a record of leadership in implementation of services to children and families in their communities. The Commission will assist the Children and Families Cabinet in fulfilling the charge of this Executive Order by providing advice and counsel and through its support of the Cabinet's activities.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This Order shall become effective immediately.
Date: 5 August 1993
Amended: 21 October 1993
Signed: Edward G. Rendell, Mayor