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Foster parents are hometown heroes

June 22, 2018

While there may not be capes hanging on closet hooks, Broward County is home to heroes. You might pass them in the grocery store or in the office breakroom and may not even know the amazing impact they make within our community. They’re not living in hideouts or headquarters, but in your very own neighborhoods, […]

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Telehealth: Bring mental health treatment to rural communities with a click

June 20, 2018

I was inspired by Byron Dobson’s recent piece highlighting FSU College of Medicine’s efforts to introduce students to opportunities to serve those living in rural areas. The need for quality health care in our underserved communities cannot be overstated, and we must continue to find ways to provide holistic care to citizens in these neighborhoods, from Havana […]

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CHS Announces Alan Williams as New Board Member

March 22, 2018

Tallahassee, Fla. (March 23, 2018) — Children’s Home Society of Florida has appointed former State Representative Alan Williams to its statewide Board of Directors. A fifth-generation Floridian, Williams is recognized as one of the nation’s rising political leaders and consistently uses his platform to act as a voice on behalf of Florida’s most vulnerable families. […]

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Children’s Home Society of Florida Appoints Andry Sweet as COO

March 13, 2018

Orlando, Fla. (March 13, 2018) – Orlando, Fla.-based Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), the state’s largest provider of services to children and families, has named Andry Sweet its new chief operations officer. Sweet previously served as chief administration officer, where she oversaw CHS contract management, systems evaluations and process improvement. As COO, Sweet leads […]

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The untold story of the opioid crisis

December 11, 2017

The Palm Beach Post’s Nov. 15 story, “Why Palm Beach County is the ‘epicenter’ of the deadly opioid crisis,” bluntly lays out a significant tragedy occurring right outside our front doors. While the devastating number of deadly overdoses in our county – 571 last year – is certainly a crisis, my mind quickly shifts to […]

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Revitalizing a Downtown Neighborhood

November 14, 2017

A new OCPS school joins other Community Partnership Schools in their mission to not only provide education, but serve entire communities.  For the first time in 46 years, Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood has its own school for children in preschool through eighth grade. Since the early 1970s, when court-ordered integration efforts closed the two all-black schools […]

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Children’s Home Society of Florida Announces New State Board Member Andrew Duffell

October 27, 2017

Orlando, Fla. (October 27, 2017) — Andrew Duffell, MBA, President and CEO of Research Park at Florida Atlantic University was elected to Children’s Home Society of Florida’s statewide Board of Directors, effective October 6, 2017. Duffell previously served as a member of the organization’s Palm Beach County board of directors and was recently recognized with […]

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LENA Start groups showing progress in boosting parent talk

October 20, 2017

Studer Community Institute is halfway through its LENA Start project and we can share some preliminary data about our results. SCI is partnered with the Escambia County Early Learning Coalition to bring LENA Start to Pensacola. In all, 25 families are participating in the program. A LENA Recorder. Credit: LENA Research Foundation. It uses LENA […]

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College scholarships fund brighter futures for 2 Ed White students

September 28, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Ed White High School student and a recent Ed White graduate are among four students statewide this year to be awarded college scholarships through the Children’s Home Society Foundation’s  Virginia Morey Rell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Bre’Onna Brewer, a junior at Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership, a CHS community partnership school, and Cierra Lynn Warren, a […]

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Social Entrepreneurship | Children’s Society of Florida

September 28, 2017

Tech Improves Engagement Foster care represents a critical nationwide system that benefits thousands of children and families every year, but it also presents challenges for children and caseworkers. According to Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), turnover in case management directly affects outcomes for children in foster care. Statistics illustrate that every turnover event leads […]

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