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Southwest Florida Child Advocates to Gather Oct. 2 to Honor Foster Kids, Supporters

August 25th, 2014   No Comments   Advocacy, News & Events

Are you a Florida children advocate? Join Florida’s Children First, the state’s premier foster child advocacy organization, as it hosts its annual fundraiser and awards events in Sarasota this fall. The events will 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 Sarasota Reception will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Sarasota Yacht Club (1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 32436).

Florida’s Children First will honor child advocates in Sarasota at its annual fundraising and awards event. Community and business leaders, and all other persons concerned about the future of Florida’s children, especially abused, abandoned and neglected children and youth, will be in attendance.

The event will honor Senator Bill Galvano, Champion of Children’s Rights. Senator Galvano has been a member of the Florida Senate since 2012, representing the District, which serves DeSoto, Glades, Hardee and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Hillsborough and Manatee Counties.

Senator Galvano was the Senate Sponsor for the Attorneys for Dependent Children with Special Needs bill (HB561). This bill provides attorneys to protect dependent children with special needs who are in legal custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Senator Galvano strongly feels that “since children are the only parties in dependency cases that do not have their own counsel it is our obligation to provide them counsel to ensure that they are safe and obtain the critical services that they need.” Howard Talenfeld, President of Florida’s Children First supports “this historic legislation that provides disabled children a lawyer when they come into Florida’s child protection system because they need all the additional protections they can get.”

Senator Galvano will be honored by Florida’s Children First and Florida Youth Shine, FCF’s youth advocacy organization, for his continued fight for the rights of children in foster care.

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

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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