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Thanks to the South Florida Fair for allowing our FABULOUS foster and AWESOME adoptive parents & their children to come to the fair free of charge PLUS the donation of free wrist bands for unlimited rides for our young ones! This is a profile of the Marino family of Loxahatchee who enjoyed a great day at the fair.

Thanks to the South Florida Fair for allowing our FABULOUS foster and AWESOME adoptive parents & their children to come to the fair free of charge PLUS the donation of free wrist bands for unlimited rides for our young ones! This is a profile of the Johnsons of Riviera Beach who enjoyed a great day at the fair.

West Palm Beach, Fla.Close to 700 Palm Beach County foster children and teens rang in 2012 with fond memories of receiving holiday toys and gift cards, thanks to three pre-season events held by Child and Family Connections, Inc. (CFC). Many attendees donated gift cards for teens, along with toys and direct contributions, to help CFC buy items for the children. During the mixers people also had the opportunity to learn more about CFC and its goal of promoting safety, permanency and stability for at-risk children and their families in Palm Beach County.

The events includedNetworking for Childrenthrough IPRE Charities/David Chirico at Russells Blue Water Grill in Palm Beach Gardens;Foster a Teens Holiday Wishat Studio E Gallery in PGA Commons and a holiday mixer at Pistache French Bistro in West Palm Beach hosted by the Angel Forum of Florida. Dozens of CFC supporters attended these events, all of which included fabulous food and prize give-aways.

CFC thanks the following organizations and individuals for sponsoring and contributing to our event, donating toys and gift cards, supplying us with festive fare and overall helping make the season a brighter one for the children in our care:

Mrs. Robin Abedon; Mr. Thomas B. Andres; Angel Forum of Florida; The Residents and Staff at Arbor Oaks at Greenacres; Ms. Yvonne Belmont and Prosecco Café; Mr. Russell Beverstein and Blue Water Grill; Celebration Cruise Line and Ms. Allinson De La Flor; The Community Alliance and Ms. Pamela Dunston; The Palm Beach Gardens Marriott and Ms. Juliana Corder; Mr. Chris Curtin; Miss Gabrielle DelBene; Mr. Phil DiComo; Mr. & Mrs. Steven Figiel; Captain Carol Gregg; Mr. and Mrs. Evan Griffith/Studio E Gallery; Ms. Ruth Guerra of Bamboo Clothiers; Ms. Vikki Lauren Ho-Shing of Sunshine Health; Ms. C. Rosie Hylton and Improv Comedy Clubs; Mr. David Chirico and IPRE Charities (Illustrated Properties); Mr. & Mrs. David Knight; Mr. Ferris H. Lander; Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Levine; Macy’s Fig’s Restaurant and Ms. Caroline Mantel; Ms. Jennifer Martin; Mr. Tom Mastromarino; Ms. Shelley Numa; Ms. Kathleen O’Sullivan-Petcoff; Mr. Larry Pesin and Cyclo Industries; Mr. Nick Pironne and Vic & Angelo’s PGA; The Reverend Astley Rhoden of Liberty Movement Ministry; The River House Restaurant; Ms. Lindy Rome with It Works; Mr. & Mrs. Michael Salnick; Mr. & Mrs. Frank Sandrini; Ms. Jacqueline Schuller of Top Drawer; Mr. Mike Siegel and Pistache French Bistro; Mr. John Spoto and Water Bar; Ms. Ellen Daly and Spoto’s Oyster Bar; Ms. Angela Vagell; Ms. Kathryn Weller; Mr. & Mrs. Elijah Wilde and W2 Enterprises, and Mr. Charlie Wolowitz of Cashflow Direct .

Join Children's Home Society of Florida at its 9th Annual "For the Love of Children" 5K Run/Walk.  Registration form is attached or go to to register directly.  See you there!

Watch local celebrities and help support Friends of Abused Children, Inc. by attending the  Jim Sackett Invitational Celebrity Softball Tournament - on February 11th. 




Former Foster Youth’s Advocacy Garners MLK Leadership Award

West Palm Beach, Fla- A young girl when her mother died, D’atra Franklin, now 22, learned to survive—often on her own--under many difficult circumstances.  Over the years she became self-sufficient after living with various relatives and friends, and in her teen years  in foster care.

Since aging out of the foster care system at 18, D’atra has turned her challenges into success.  Last fall she received her  Associate’s Degree from Palm Beach State College, the institution acknowledging her with the Student Leadership Award  at  its 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast on January 12.

D’atra is a member of Florida Youth Shine (FYS), a statewide youth-led organization which works on improving lives for children still in foster care.   She’s been an advocate for redesigning the state’s Independent Living Program for former foster youth between 18 and 23 years old, and often speaks to the public on growing up in foster care.  D’atra is also active with Vita Nova, the area’s largest Independent Living service provider, which contracts with Child and Family Connections, Inc., (CFC), Palm Beach County’s Lead Agency for child welfare.  Her busy schedule continues with volunteering at Adopt-a-Family while she pursues a teaching degree at Florida Atlantic University.

With her low-key demeanor, D’atra’s humble nature came out while thanking the college for her award.  Addressing the audience she noted,  “I’ve come a long way and want to continue to improve the world one youth at a time; one person at a time”.   Her emotions were also in part due to excitement with the event’s keynote speaker, Jeff Johnson, an award-winning MSNBC TV contributor and advocate for social change.

Touching upon the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Johnson urged D’atra and attendees to go beyond the civil rights leader’s dream to “stretch, push yourself and have dreams that should challenge everyone.” 

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