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Florida’s Children First to Host Annual Palm Beach Fundraiser and Awards Oct. 29 Honoring Child Advocates of the Year

October 17th, 2014   No Comments   Advocacy, News & Events

Florida’s Children First (FCF) will recognize Palm Beach County individuals for their tireless efforts to advocate for the state’s most vulnerable citizens at its annual Palm Beach Reception on Oct. 29 at the National Croquet Center Point Club in West Palm Beach. FCF is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting foster children and other at-risk youth. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dozens of Palm Beach County’s prominent business and community leaders, as well as people concerned about the future of Florida’s children, especially abused, abandoned and neglected children and youth, will be in attendance.

This year, the Honorable Ronald V. Alvarez, recently retired Juvenile Court Judge for the 15th Judicial Circuit and his wife Mrs. Elaine Webb Alvarez will be honored as Child Advocates of the year. Judge Alvarez has long championed the children that come before him in both delinquency and dependency. He also served on virtually every committee to improve the justice and services provided for children.  As an example, he was a member of Unmet Legal Needs of Children Committee, the recommendations of which have finally led to increasing the access of certain categories of foster children to their own lawyers (FCF’s Counsel for Kids Bill).

Elaine Alvarez has long advocated for a wide range of supportive services for children in Palm Beach County.  She lobbied the Florida Legislature to create the original 1986 referendum creating a special taxing district for children’s services.  She currently heads the Friends of Children’s Services, a private fund-raising group campaigning to support the referendum reauthorizing the special taxing district now known as the Children’s Services Council Palm Beach County (CSC). CSC’s stated purposes include keeping children free from abuse and neglect.

In addition, two outstanding youth advocates, Laura Fredrickson and Dariane Taylor will be recognized for their volunteer contributions to the community and to those who are still in the state’s foster care system.

Florida’s Children First holds similar events around the state, including upcoming events in Jacksonville on November 6th and on Miami on November 20th. For more information on these upcoming events or to learn more about FCF please call 954-796-0860 or email fcf@floridaschildrenfirst.org. You can also visit www.floridaschildrenfirst.org.

About Florida’s Children First:

Florida’s Children First is a nonprofit 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 and Sandra Reichman of BoardroomPR at 407-973-8555/954-370-8999 or mfriedman@boardroompr.com / sreichman@boardroompr.com

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