Community Partners

 

 


Affordable Housing for Young Women
Emerging from Foster Care on the Road to Independence

Lack of housing is by far the most difficult and most frequent obstacle that faces mentors and foster youth in our program. We have found that a secure and stable home environment really gives the youth the foundation they need to finish school and go to college. For these reasons and more, Casa Valentina is one of the most important projects for the foster care population in our community.” -Virginia Emmons, CEO Educate Tomorrow

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These are questions that virtually every teenager asks themselves. However, if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or have gender issues, these are more than simply questions. They are challenges you have to overcome.

In 1982, a group of concerned adults, led by Dr. Marilyn K. Volker and the late Peter Meyer, decided to provide a safe, supportive and educational environment where GLBTQ teenagers can deal with these challenges of sexual identity and personal growth.

Dr. Volker directed the education division of the Health Crisis Network, helped establish the Institute on Sexism and Sexuality which addressed gender issues under Title IX in Miami-Dade County schools, and for two years hosted “Sex with Marilyn” a daily live call-in radio show.

In 1999, the organization was renamed Pridelines Youth Services, Inc. and expanded its services to including weekly activities, monthly special events, workshops and training opportunities for GLBTQ youth and their straight friends and allies, ages 13-20.

By providing support, education and referral services, as well as a place where they can be safe to explore their inner selves, Pridelines Youth Services helps GLBTQ youth become more comfortable with themselves, their sexuality, and their place in society.  

 


 


 

 

Voices For Children’s support enables the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program to recruit, train, and support volunteers to serve as the “voice” for abused, abandoned, and neglected children by advocating for their best interests in dependency court proceedings, the only organization that provides this type of caring and objective voice in court. Guardians Ad Litem make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. Voices’ financial support also helps fulfill the children’s medical, educational, and social needs.

 


 

http://www.fostercarealumni.org/

Foster Care Alumni of America is a national non-profit association that has been founded and is led by alumni of the foster care system. We use the term alumni to describe those of us who have been in foster care during our childhood/youth.

The mission of FCAA is to connect the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.

 


Provides business attire and interview skills enhancement workshops for ET's foster youth. ET mentors donate used business attire to SFS.




Private foster care providers that provide wrap around services for youth. ET provides mentors and educational resources.




Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students.



The Florida Department of Children and Families has adopted an integrated approach to programs and services as we work to help improve the lives of individuals and families.

We also offer services that help families on a day-to-day basis. We provide food stamps and temporary cash assistance and determine eligibility for Medicaid. We provide access to substance abuse and mental health treatment and we work with community partners who provide services to families threatened by homelessness and domestic violence.




Provides attorneys and financial support for foster care transitioning youth conference.


Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter

Provides attorneys and financial support for foster care transitioning youth conference.




Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students.


Catholic Charities
CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVICES

In 2006, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami served over 17,000 residents in the three counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe with twenty-two diverse programs to meet the needs of today’s families. Catholic Charities maintains its steadfast commitment of the past 75 years to bring service and care with professionalism, dignity, and compassion, and to advocate on behalf of those in need.

 


Ken Downes works with individuals and organizations to help them proactively manage the emotional impact of change. Whether assisting youth navigate the perilous transition from foster care to independence, organizing a group to deal with a conflict around natural resource or identity conflict, or a religious community facing a difficult transition, Ken stands prepared to advise you on ways to make your planned change smoother, more effective, and lasting. Understanding the natural source of resistance and designing productive ways of responding to this resistance makes all the difference in arriving safely and successfully at your desired goal.

 


 

HOMES FOR CHILDREN & CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY

Established in 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is one of Florida’s oldest private not-for-profit organizations providing services to children and families.

CHS delivers a unique spectrum of social services designed to protect children at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment; to strengthen and stabilize families; to help young people break the cycle of abuse and neglect; and to find safe, loving homes for children. Every year, CHS helps to improve the lives of about 100,000 children and family members.



UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI-Children & Youth Law Clinic

Affiliation: Provides mentors and legal support for youth. ET provides training and educational resources for attorneys representing children in dependency court. Mentors are referred to LFCA and GAL, if they would like to be more involved with students.


Miami Dade County Public Schools
MIAMI DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Affiliation: ET trains high school counselors and the counselors refer students to ET, as well as provide ET staff with updates scholarship and college admissions information.


Miami Rescue Mission
MIAMI RESCUE MISSION

Affiliation: A homeless rejuvenation that provides housing, furniture, clothing and housing supplies for ET's potentially homeless population. MRM refers program graduates to ET.



Heaven Sent Children

The mission of Heaven Sent Children, Inc. is to assist in all aspects of the adoption process in domestic and international adoptions working closely with birth parents, adoptive parents and children who are in need of a home.Founded in 1991, the agency was established to provide the promotion of healthy adoptive family life through education, resources, counseling, advocacy and support services.

Through the 30 hour BASIC program HS provides motivation, support and education to enhance the social/work skills that are necessary to make the transition from welfare/or system dependency to productive employment.

 


Women’s Fund is the only grantmaking organization in Miami-Dade County entirely dedicated to funding programs that work to improve the lives of women and girls.

 


 

South Florida Center For Family Counseling

We are here to serve the South Florida area by providing the highest level of professional counseling to support the emotional well-being of individuals and their families.


Our Kids is a Florida non-profit corporation created in response to the need for local control and leadership of our child welfare system. The Florida Department of Children and Families awarded Our Kids a Community Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency status.

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