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Central Florida Child Advocates to Celebrate Children, Supporters and Big Legislative Wins

Foster child advocates and supporters of at-risk children from across Central Florida will join Florida’s Children First, the state’s premier foster child advocacy organization, in September as FCF hosts its annual fundraiser and awards event. This year’s event will be special cause for cheer as advocates celebrate recent successes in the Florida Legislature – and the child advocates who help the state’s at-risk kids throughout the year.

Florida’s Children First 2014 Orlando Reception will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Law Offices of Broad & Cassel.

Community and business leaders and other persons concerned about the future of Florida’s children, especially abused, abandoned and neglected children and youth, will be in attendance to honor Child Advocate of the Year Gerry Glynn.

Gerry Glynn has represented children and families for more than 20 years. He was the first Executive Director of Florida’s Children First and a trailblazer in the arena of children’s rights and lawyers for children. He served as an associate Professor and Director of Clinical Programs at Barry University School of Law, at University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Clinical Instructor at the Florida State University School of Law Children’s Advocacy Center. Clinical programs Professor Glynn directed at Barry University included and Children and Families Clinic, Earth Advocacy clinic, Immigration clinic and thirty-six externship sites. Professor Glynn oversaw the Barry University Juvenile Justice Center which is a statewide training and resource center for juvenile public defenders in the state.

The event also will recognize Foster and Adoptive Parent of the Year – Randy Pawlowski. Randy is a foster and adoptive parent to older foster children, especially boys. They are among the hardest to place in foster homes. Most of these boys end up in group homes, which do not serve them well. As a College Dean at one of our State Colleges, Randy knew what he was getting into when he took on this tough assignment. He knows his foster youth will have some successes and many challenges. Despite the challenges, his commitment never wavers.

It also will honor Youth Honoree – Andrew Trepte. As a member of the Seminole County Youth Advisory Board, Andrew took a strong stance on child advocacy issues. In his first days as a member he highlighted two very significant challenges: keeping siblings together and youth having a stronger voice in their medical / mental health treatment. Andrew quickly offered solutions to these issues and had the opportunity to partner with the Community Based Care Foster Parent Trainer to bring awareness of sibling connections to incoming foster parents.

Andrew graduated from High School and entered the automotive program at Seminole State College where he has received his personal best GPA of his educational career and is scheduled to graduate in 2015.

To RSVP, email fcf@floridaschildrenfirst.org or call 954-796-0860. RSVP online at www.floridaschildrenfirst.org

About Florida’s Children First
Florida’s Children First is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the rights of at-risk children and youth, especially those in foster care. Uniquely positioned as Florida’s premiere independent advocacy organization, our mission is to seek full representation of children and youth and obtain meaningful and sustainable improvement in Florida’s child serving systems.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Friedman of Boardroom Communications
Office: 904-641-3226 Cell Phone: 561-706-4585 / Email: mfriedman@boardroompr.com
Or RSVP online at www.floridaschildrenfirst.org

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