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Adoptive Mother: Expansion of APD Funding a Step in the Right Direction

Adoption Timing Affects APD Waiting List Priority Denise Beeman Sasiain knew from the moment she held three-month old Xavier in her arms that she wanted to adopt him.  Just a month prior, in March 2011, Xavier had been flown by Life Flight helicopter to Miami Children’s Hospital with a skull fracture, subdural hematoma, rib fractures, human bite wounds and nail scratches all over his body.   He was also blind due to the severity of his brain injury, and physicians believed there was a good chance he would never see, walk or talk. As a medical foster parent, Denise had received...

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Access to Juvenile Records Steals Many Dreams

Dina Lexine Sarver, a 22-year-old wife and mother of two small children, longs for the day when she will be allowed to do something most moms take for granted: chaperone a school field trip. Her juvenile record has already forced her to give up her dream of becoming a nurse. Residential Stay Leads to Commitment to Change Problems began in her early teens, around the time when her parents divorced. She and her siblings moved from a home in the suburbs into Section 8 housing. With her added responsibilities, she became angry, defiant and soon fell in with the wrong...

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New Awareness Campaign Launches to Save Girls’ Futures

New Awareness Campaign Launches to Save Girls’ Futures Cautionary measures unveiled to prevent further harm and promote healing Jacksonville, Fla. (February 26, 2015)   ̶  Senator Aaron Bean (R-Jacksonville) and noted girl advocates gathered in Jacksonville today to launch a new public education campaign for girls in advance of Florida’s legislative session, which begins next week. Sponsored by The Children’s Campaign and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, the campaign features dramatic warning labels adhered to the foreheads of girls’ faces. Utilizing both print and online tactics, the campaign aims to raise awareness and action for top issues that prevent...

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Cars + Eggs + Juvenile Record = Life-Long Stigma

Her charge? Felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her crime? Throwing an egg out of a moving vehicle on a residential street. At 15, Andrea Cowart said she was angry, rebellious and had bounced around countless foster homes. No one was surprised when she was arrested, but the felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon seemed excessive for what typically is considered a youthful prank-  especially since she had no history of violence. After she served her 21 days of house arrest and designated community service hours, Andrea thought that the incident would be put behind her....

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Keep Florida Working- Child Protection

A high point in Governor Rick Scott’s $77 billion proposed “Keep Florida Working” budget is its support for innovative, local strategies that keep Florida’s children safe, including calling on Sheriffs to assume responsibility – on a voluntary, contractual basis – for child protective investigations. According to the Strengthening Florida Communities page on Governor Scott’s 2015-2016 budget website, the proposed budget “gives DCF new flexibility to transfer child protective investigation responsibilities to any local County Sheriff’s Office volunteering to take on these responsibilities and apply innovative local strategies.” Supporting Local Child Safety Innovations The Children’s Campaign has consistently called for local...

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Has a Juvenile Record Labeled You or a Family Member for Life?

The Children’s Campaign is    seeking more ‘real-life’ stories   Florida may be known as the sunshine state, but a bright future is out of reach for many young people with juvenile arrest records. Even if the arrest does not lead to a conviction- and the majority of youth arrests do not-  just being arrested can often label youths as “trouble” for the rest of their lives. In Florida, juvenile records for many non-serious crimes are not expunged until age 24, and with other crimes it is delayed until they are 26.   Many Doors of Opportunity Are Closed to...

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New Year’s Resolution: Every Child School-Ready, No Matter Their Means

In Pinellas County, located on the west coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area, the fabled first day of kindergarten is dawning brighter for more disadvantaged preschoolers. Since 2010, 30 percent more children from the subsidized child care population are showing up at school ready to learn, compared to 10 percent more in the general population. This means that the highest gains were made by children from poorer families residing in at-risk neighborhoods. In 2011, JWB began a strategic shift from simply funding child care slots to investing in high quality early learning. “The early learning improvements among Pinellas...

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Invest in the Next Greatest Generation

Julius & Maude Miller Scholarship Fund Fueling the development of the next generation of child advocates Julius and Maude Miller were loving, hard-working parents who rarely let a day go by without stressing to their children the value of a good public education. Upon their passing in 2004, their surviving children sought to honor their memory by recognizing the value of the education they had received and the Julius & Maude Miller Scholarship Fund (JMM) was born. Created solely for The Children’s Campaign, the fund provides a scholarship opportunity to students interested in advocacy and communications. In this way, the...

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AG Pam Bondi leads new HT Council

The Children’s Campaign was eager to attend the organizational session of the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking in Tallahassee on Monday August 18th. Led by Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Council is made up of 15 members.  The vice-chair is DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll.  Leveraging national, state, and local resources and engaging the voices of survivors, advocates, researchers, higher education and service providers, among others, to combat the evolving problem of human trafficking is the Council’s main goal. Members on the Council itself are law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legislators, community activists, human rights advocates, and executive branch leadership. In...

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The Children’s Campaign and its sister organization, Voices for Florida, have quietly received a lot of fanfare for expanding their capacity to reach a larger number of people about children’s issues and in a different way than in the past. This success has required innovation in both audience segmentation and delivery. The audience focus is what Children’s Campaign president Roy Miller calls politically aware Floridians; these are people who pay attention to what is going on in state and local government. Here’s the catch: while aware, they have told The Children’s Campaign through public opinion polling that they know very...

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