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For 37 years, Fred Taylor has served the children, youth, and families of the District of Columbia. A founding volunteer of For Love of Children (FLOC), Mr. Taylor became its first and only Executive Director in 1965 and has led FLOC's development from a volunteer church-based, foster care movement with one staff to a multi-service agency with a staff of over 120 and a budget of more than $10 million. FLOC operates educational, recreational, and social service programs, which include: a full-day learning center and after-school neighborhood tutoring programs; foster care; transitional housing for homeless families; outdoor youth leadership training; home visitation and training of young, overburdened, first-time mothers; birth parent and foster parent training; and public advocacy. FLOC programs serve more than 1,000 children and families annually. Mr. Taylor is co-founder, past president, and current board member of the D.C. Consortium for Child Welfare, which has unified the District's diverse nonprofit foster care, adoption, and family service agencies into a potent force for child welfare reform. He co-founded the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative, which has quickly become a major city leader in building neighborhood capacity to protect children, strengthen families, and prepare youth for a quality future. Mr. Taylor serves as a board member of the Children's Trust, which channels federal and private funds and technical assistance toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect. He has served eight years on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect and was named "Public Citizen" of 1992 by the National Association of Social Workers, Metro D.C. chapter. Published in January 1999, his book Roll Away the Stone tells about his more than 30 years of work with children and families in Washington. In January 2002, the Washingtonian Magazine named Fred Taylor as Washingtonian of the Year.