Former Florida Department of Children and Families Deputy Secretary Patricia Babcock has been appointed as a public member to serve a three-year term on the board of The Florida Bar Foundation, a statewide charitable organization whose mission is to provide greater access to justice.
Babcock, of Tallahassee, is a licensed clinical social worker. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. Babcock was the co-director of the Center for Behavioral Health Integration at FSU College of Medicine from 2016 to 2019. Prior to that, she was the inaugural director of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare at FSU’s College of Social Work.
Most recently, Babcock served as the deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she oversaw policy and operations for family safety, substance abuse and mental health, and economic self-sufficiency. She also sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel.
The Florida Bar Foundation accomplishes its mission by funding programs that expand and improve representation and advocacy on behalf of low-income persons in civil legal matters, improve the fair and effective administration of justice, and promote public service among lawyers.