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information directly into Florida’s statewide automatic child this much welfare information system (SACWIS). “We configured it to farther with a lot of tie into our SACWIS system,” Allegra says. “When they go things,” she says. “We’re ready to take a picture of right now to go to electronic a child—which is forms…the home visit form being one of required at certain them, the judicial review form being another. We intervals—the soft- would like to go to as much automation as possible.” ware will actually The third part of the project, still ongoing, is called call up your client OK At Home. This provides personal computers to foster list.” The photo and homes, complete with age-appropriate tutoring software information about it, from Houghton-Mifflin and high speed Internet connec- including where and tions through AT&T. when it was taken, Allegra is proud to be part of this multifaceted is automatically up- digital revolution, and hopes to take it further loaded without any in southern Florida while inspiring others extra input from throughout the state and the rest of the the caseworker. country to take advantage of the available Linking to technology. “We just want to keep pushing SACWIS has cre- the envelope to bring more technology into ated some draw- this field,” Allegra says. Governor Charlie Crist backs, however. visited Our Kids to learn about the program, and Allegra says that there are limitations on which material in last year’s State of the State address he said that more non- Florida’s SACWIS can accept electronically. “We want to take recurring state funds could be used for similar initiatives. Learning
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