UCP applauds the decision from the Department of Health and Human Services to release Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10 year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy held in federal custody by immigration authorities, to her family on November 4th. Rosa Maria was stopped at border checkpoint on her way to emergency gallbladder surgery on October 24th in Corpus Christi, TX. She was then held in custody at the Office of Refugee Resettlement in a facility for children in San Antonio, TX. Rosa Maria was brought to the United States at 3 months old by her parents, and has remained in their care since. According to news reports, Rosa Maria was released on Friday into the custody of her parents. Her release comes after a lawsuit lead by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the U.S. government to have her reunited with her family.
For people with disabilities and their families, having access to medical care and support networks, especially in the case of complex medical needs is vital. We are happy and thankful to know that Rosa Maria can be with her family to heal, recover, and get the care that she needs.
UCP would like to welcome United Community Options of South Florida (formerly known as UCP of South Florida) to the UCP Affiliate Network! United Community Options of South Florida was formed in 1947 by a group of parents in Miami who came together to look for services for their children with cerebral palsy.
United Community Options of South Florida oversees UCO of Miami, UCO of Broward, Palm Beach and Mid Coast Counties and Miami Cerebral Palsy Residential Services Inc. United Community Options of South Florida provides a wide variety of supports and services including programs for adults and children with disabilities as well as typically developing children and adolescents. Programs provided include: Schools (private, charter, summer, afterschool), Residential services (group homes and ICF/IID), Supported Living, Supported Employment, Adult Day Services, Therapies, and much more.
In 2016, the organization formally became United Community Options of South Florida. We are proud to welcome back as an affiliate the rich heritage of UCO and their roots in UCP.