Andrea Moore – In Memoriam (9.3.19)

It is with great sadness that Florida’s Children First announces the death of Andrea Moore, former Executive Director from 2005 through 2009.  Andrea was an attorney with a passion for championing child advocacy issues, and she will be greatly missed.

After studying to become a social worker, Andrea’s experience becoming a foster parent and an adoptive parent, highlighted the many flaws in the child welfare system and this fueled her passion for the law, and to help fix a broken system for the vulnerable children caught up in it through no fault of their own.

Andrea’s work led to the establishment of several critically important programs and protocols in Broward County and statewide. But perhaps her biggest legacy is her efforts to establish the Florida Youth SHINE program.  She recognized the need to give youth a voice in their own lives as well as to improve the child-caring systems.  Andrea oversaw the creation of Florida Youth SHINE in 2005, with current and former youth who have experienced the child welfare system.  With her insight, this initial group of young advocates became the foundation for the amazing youth advocacy organization that has now grown to 14 statewide Chapters and over 300 youth.  Florida Youth SHINE is a living legacy to Andrea’s memory.



Share this article:


Related Posts

Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

Skip to content