ChildNet is the not-for-profit Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agency responsible for the child welfare system in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. ChildNet services include foster home management, family strengthening, shelter and group home care, and adoption support services. ChildNet serves about 1,900 children in Broward and 1,700 children in Palm Beach County at any given time.
Each year, over 27,000 youth “age out” of foster care without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed. This number has steadily risen over the past decade. Nearly 40% had been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60% of young men had been convicted of a crime, and only 48% were employed. 75% of women and 33% of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs. 50% of all youth who aged out were involved in substance use and 17% of the females were pregnant.
Source: Fostering Connections
SFL Media Firm has partnered up with ChildNet to bring awareness in our community to this crisis. Learning about what this agency and so many others do for so many children made us want to help.
Many children in foster care have very little to call their own. Everything from back-to-school supplies, toys, suitcases or bookbags, and basic toiletries are all needed by foster care organizations around the world. That is why SFL Media has organized a drive to collect as many back-to-school supplies for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year for the kids at ChildNet.
We have set up a website with a registry of school supplies that the children at ChildNet will need for the upcoming school year. We are reaching out to all of our clients, friends, and family to help us reach our goal, to give these children a positive start to the school year in an already strange time that we are going through. Your purchase big or small will truly make a huge impact on these children’s lives.
Our goal this year is to try and purchase bookbags and school supplies for the upcoming school year for 25 kids in each grade stating with Kindergarten all the way to the 12th grade.
Patrick Zarrelli of SFL Media Firm
Michael Espada of John L. Scott Real Estate
Robert Orban of Cresa South Florida
New Miami Realty, Inc.
Denise Castro of The Virtual Mom Collective
Odalys Quevedo of The Virtual Mom Collective
Randy Church of Randy’s Air Conditioning
We want to thank you for your support in helping us reach our goal. As a community it is our job that anytime we are able to do so we help out those less fortunate than us and your donation to ChildNet means everything. So thank you again for your help! Please if you are able to, share this fundraiser with anyone that you think would like to participate and please let us know if you donate! We would like to acknowledge everyone, individual or business who has helped us reach our goal!