National Nurses Day

May 6th is National Nurses Day! In celebration of National Nurses Day, we would like to spotlight Desiree Gimse from the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter! Desiree has been with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter since December 2015 and she has been an invaluable presence in the shelter. Her colleagues describe her as “the epitome of…

Musing – Advocacy = Love from Michelle Avaroma

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and in honor of our upcoming Florida Network Hill Day, I wanted to discuss something I love: advocacy and education. Each year our member agency executive directors visit the state Capitol and schedule meetings with their local legislators to highlight the services they are providing to their communities and to…

Musing – Seeking Solace & Solutions from Tiffany Martin

After the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida communities were reeling with responses from friends and families of victims, educators, 2nd amendment enthusiasts, social service providers and the Legislature. The plethora of emotion that sprang from the nation was electric. Just as students prepared to take the Capital and meet with senators and representatives , the Florida Network member agencies…

Love from Youth Advocate Programs

Every day the staff at our 29 member agencies go into work determined to make a difference in the lives of the youth and families they serve. The days are sometimes long and challenging but they are also immensely rewarding. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, our amazing staff at Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) were…

Give Troubled Youth a Chance

The following is a story we received from a previous shelter resident. There is an unfortunate stigma surrounding youth in shelters – one that assumes at-risk youth are all ungovernable and that they are at fault for whatever brought them to the shelter. The public seems to believe that shelters are just a stepping stone on…

Children’s Week 2018

The annual Florida Children’s Week – presented by United Way of Florida and Capital Events – was held January 21 – 26, at the state Capitol building in Tallahassee. The events throughout the week provided thousands of parents, children, policy makers, professionals and community leaders the opportunity to share knowledge and information about children’s issues…

2017’s Proudest Moments

As we embrace the holiday’s and prepare for 2018, the Network reflected on all of our accomplishments over the past year and asked Stacy to list the things she is most proud of in 2017. As you can see, she couldn’t just name a few… The increase in diversity among our staff, we have two…