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					                                                                                                                                                  Non-Profit Org.
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                                                                                                                                                   Orlando, fl
                                                                                                                                                  Permit No. 506

  Children’s Home Society of florida
  Intercoastal Division
  401 N.E. 4th Street
  fort lauderdale, fl 33301
  Phone (954) 453-6400                                                                                                                                                                                  i n t e rc o a s t a l e d i t i o n
  www.chsfl.org                                                                                                                                                                                                          www.chsfl.org
  RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    fall 2008



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ensuring bright futures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Children’s Home Society of florida (CHS), Intercoastal Division, raised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          more than $76,000 during “Bright futures,” our 7th annual Helping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Turn lives around luncheon. More than 325 guests arrived at the De-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sign Center of the americas for our april 25
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          luncheon, which promoted awareness of our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mission and focused on educating the com-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          munity about the services we provide through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the I. Lorraine Thomas Children’s Emer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gency Home and Family Support Center.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NBC 6 News anchor Julia Yarbough served as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a guest speaker. Helen fretwell with IBM and
Special thanks to donors (cont)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Marilyn Maldonado with Ocean View Reality
Ms. arlene Pecora                         Ms. Caran Rothchild                        Mr. and Mrs. lee Spector                       United Way Special Distribution account                                                                                               co-chaired the luncheon.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pellinger               Ms. Nan Rountree                           Mr. and Mrs. Michael Speranza                  US Probation Office


                                                                                                                                                                              In This Issue…
Ms. J.B. Perdomo                          Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Rozier, Sr.       Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sputo                     Ms. Paula Valad                                                                                                                       Our Helping Turn lives around luncheon is
Mr. and Mrs. andrew D. Perini             Mr. and Mrs. James Russell                 St. anthony’s Catholic School                  Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Vallina
Ms. Darcia Perini                         Ms. Cheryl Ryan                            Mr. Michael J. St. John                        Mr. and Mrs. Thomas VanOsdale                                                                                                         held annually in april, in concurrence with Na-
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Perini                  Ms. Tricia Saad                            Ms. Trudi anne Stalker                         Mrs.Valerie Verger
Mr.V. Walter Perkowetz                    Ms. Susan Sabra                            Mr. Edward Stalvey                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vetere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tional Child abuse awareness Month. Through-
Mr. and Mrs. Don l. Perlyn                Mr. Shaun Sackman                          Mr. Robert Stanfield                           Vico Window and Screens                   Back to school with a bang .............................................2                   out the United States, a child suffers abuse
Ms. Shana Peterson-Sheptak                Safeguard lock & Safe Co.                  Mr. and Mrs. David D. Stanton                  Victorian Home Care
Ms. Christine Petino                      Mr. and Mrs. Susumu Saito                  State farm Mutual automobile                   Ms. Michele Vidal                         Summer fun ........................................................................2        or neglect every 36 seconds; every 6 hours, a          Top: Helen Fretwell, Sue
Pf Changs                                 Ms. laurie Sallarulo                           Insurance Company                          Ms.Valerie Viglione                                                                                                                   child is killed by abuse or neglect1. It’s our goal    Ann Campion (not pictured:
Ms. Joann Phillips                        Ms. Josephine Santora                      Mr. Sander Steinberg and Mr. Serafinf garcia   Mr. Charles Vrane                         Save the date ......................................................................2       to stop this cycle of abuse and increase public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Marilyn Maldonado and
Ms. Sylvia Place-Bland                    Mr. and Mrs. Mario Santos                  Mr. and Mrs. Terry Steinford                   Wachovia foundation                                                                                                                                                                          Joanne Barone)
Mrs. Halimah Polk                         Mr. and Mrs. Darren Sapashe                Mrs. Margaret Steinholz and                    Mr. and Mrs. frank Walcutt                Message from the Executive Director..........................3                              awareness of these quiet tragedies occurring
Dr. Richard Porraro                       Mrs. angie Scarfone                            Mr. Howard Steinholz                       Wales garage                                                                                                                                                                                 Above: Rosemarie Stiegele,
Ms. Deborah Postma                        Mr. Jerome Schechter                       Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stern                     Wanderer Enterprises, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                              Spreading the word ..........................................................3              every day in our own community.                        I. Lorraine Thomas, Janice
Ms. Dolores J. Price                      Ms. Shelley Scholl                         Mrs. Rosemarie Stiegele                        Mr. and Mrs. Robert Warren
Mrs. laura Pugliese                       Mrs. Cynthia Schutt                        Ms. Michele Stocker                            Ms. Margaretta Watterson                                                                                                              The 2008 luncheon was underwritten by                  Lahaye
Rachlin foundation, Inc.                  Seasons 52                                 Mr. and Mrs. R. Matthew Straeb                 Ms. Theresa Wells                         Spotlight ..............................................................................3
Ralph W. Sanders Insurance agency, Inc.   Mr. and Mrs.Victor Sedaka                  Mrs. arline Strongin                           Mr. and Mrs. Steven Weston                                                                                                            Maroone, an AutoNation Company and
Ms. Rachel Ratcliff                       Mr. and Mrs. Michael Seese                 Mr. James Stroup and Ms. Jane Johnson          Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whan                  from the CEO ...................................................................4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          offered guests an opportunity to connect with CHS clients. award-win-
Mr. and Mrs. Juan Ratto                   Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Shaffer                Ms. Claudia Stucki                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilson
Rees Jones, Inc.                          Dr. and Mrs. Richard D. Shafron            Ms. Margareta Sudbrink                         Mr. and Mrs. Ira Winderman                Safety in numbers ..............................................................4           ning Harmony Plus of Dillard Center of the arts performed throughout
Ms. Myla Reizen                           Dr. and Mrs. David Sharaf                  Mr. and Mrs. David Summers                     Dr. and Mrs. David Winer
Ms. Wendy Reynolds                        Dr. and Mrs. John Shaw                     SYSCO Produce                                  Mr. and Mrs. Harry Winston                forever families .................................................................5         the afternoon to provide an atmosphere of inspiration.
Ms. Pauline M. Rice                       Mr. and Mrs. Howard Shea                   Takeda Pharmaceuticals North america, Inc.     Ms. Jolee Winterrowd
Richard Neubauer Insurance agency, Inc.   Ms. Diana Sheppard                         The Best You Can Be foundation                 Ms. Nancy Wolfe-Smith                     Connections .......................................................................5        We’d also like to thank all the 2008 Table Captains and the following for
Ms. Cindi Richards                        Ms. Candy Shields                          The Sagemont School                            Women of Tomorrow Mentor                                                                                                              their wonderful support: Carlos and Marilyn Maldonado, Patrick
Mrs. Joanne Richardson                    Ms. Dawn Shuman                            Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Thibault                   & Scholarship Program                  lives changed for the better ..........................................6
Ms. Mary anne Richter                     Ms. Traci allyn Shur                       Mrs. I. lorraine Thomas                        Ms. alice Wong                                                                                                                        Daoud, Daoud’s Fine Jewelry, Nina Hallick,The Elite Group,
Ms. geraldine Roberts                     Mr. Jeff Siegel                            Ms. Deborah Thompson                           Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wuensch                 Kids helping kids................................................................6          Design Center of the Americas, Angie Scarfone, Greenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Robilio              Mr. and Mrs. gary Siskowski                Ms. Peggie Thornton                            Mr. Ryan Wyllys
Rolling Hills angels                      Mr. and Mrs. Jason Slatkin, Esq.           Ms. Hope Tucker                                Mrs. lucille Yacobellis                   Holiday festivities ..............................................................6         Traurig, Poinsettia Press and I. Lorraine Thomas.
Ms. Cathy Rollins                         Ms. Robbin Slocum                          Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Tufts                   Ms. Sharon Yellott
Roseann Minnet Campaign account           Mrs. Millie ford Smith                     United Way of Bergen County                    leonard E. Zedeck Charitable foundation
Ms. Dayle H. Rosen                        Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sobel                   United Way of Broward County                   Ms. Roxanne Zinn                          Highlights ............................................................................7    1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Children’s Defense Fund. http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename
Ms.Valerie Ross                           Social Security administration             United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania                                                                                                                                              =research_national_data_moments
                                                                                                                                                                              Special thanks to our donors .........................................7

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 Save the Date!
                                         Back to school with a bang!                                                                             Message from the Executive Director
 October 11–12, 2008
 Celebration of Smiles                   as child- and family-serving organizations         bation Office, Kaplan University, Hawks                                  I’d like to begin by          system. We provide services in the home          chsball.org. I look forward to seeing all my
 Hosted by: Big Bike Riders associa-     recently suffered budget cuts from the state       Landing Club, Social Security Adminis-                                   thanking you for your         and follow up at three, six and 12 months        old friends and to making new ones!
 tion of florida and Big Bike Riders     government, the children in our care need          tration and Best You Can Be Foundation                                   continued support. It         upon successful completion of the program.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I’m also proud to announce that I have
 Children’s foundation, Inc.             your help now more than ever.Your recent           for their generosity.                                                    warms my heart to             Next, our family Preservation Intervention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    recently been appointed to serve as the Ex-
 location: Our Backyard Museum           outpouring of support helped children in our                                                                                know CHS can always           Program and Reunification Program moved
                                                                                            We also had several youngsters donate their                                                                                                             ecutive Director for the Southwest Division
 on October 11, Motorcycle ride on       community go back to school with the supplies,                                                                              count on the communi-         to its new location at The Exchange on Com-
                                                                                            allowance or use it to buy supplies for children                                                                                                        (in addition to continuing my role here in
 October 12                              clothes and counseling they need to succeed                                                                                 ty to assist our children     mercial Boulevard in fort lauderdale. The
                                                                                            in our care. It’s so refreshing and uplifting to                                                                                                        the Intercoastal Division), which covers lee,
 October 25, 2008                        all year! Our parents breathed a sigh of relief                                                                             and families all year long,   program’s staff is happy to have more space
                                                                                            know youth in our community are compas-                                                                                                                 Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and glades coun-
 East Broward Auxiliary Annual           when our counselors arrived at their homes                                                                                  including during our          and is busy getting settled in.
                                                                                            sionate toward others’ situations. We especially                                                                                                        ties. It has been an exciting time getting to
 Black Tie Ball “Mobsters and            with backpacks filled with supplies for their                                                           recent back-to-school drive. It pleases me to
                                                                                            thank Sean Moroney, Riley Milam and                                                                    and, hard to believe, but our 18th annual        know the area, programs and individuals that
 Molls”                                  young scholars. We thank everyone who helped                                                            announce there was enough to go around all
                                                                                            Mary Elizabeth Gill.                                                                                   Black Tie Ball, hosted by the East Broward       make up my new family.
 location: Harbor Beach Marriott         our children start the school year with pride                                                           11 of our programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   auxiliary to benefit the I. lorraine Thomas
                                         and recognize I. Lorraine Thomas, U.S. Pro-                                                                                                                                                                lastly, I urge each one of you to go out and
 Resort, fort lauderdale                                                                                                                         We’ve also enjoyed some exciting growth in        Children’s Emergency Home and family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    vote in the next presidential election. Now
 December 2008                                                                    g Mary                                                         our division. first, we implemented a new Re-     Support Center, is just around the corner.
                                                                                  Elizabeth Gill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    more than ever, the child- and family-serving
 CHS Holiday Parties                                                                                                                             unification Program, designed to meet the in-     Mark your calendars and come party with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    organizations of this nation need your sup-
 location: TBD                                                                                                                                   dividual needs of parents and caregivers who      us “Mobsters and Molls” style on Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    port. It is critical that our voices are heard
                                                                                                                                                 have recently had their child(ren) removed        October 25 at the Marriott Harbor Beach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    in government and that a shift back toward
                                                                                                                                                 from the home and have become involved            Resort in fort lauderdale.You can view
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    human services takes place.
                                                                                                                                                 with the child welfare                                              details and RSVP at www.
                             fall 2008


                                                                                                                           d Hawks Landing
 intercoastal                                                 g Debbie and
                                                              Riley Milam                                  g Social Security
 division
                                         Summer fun
                                                                                                           Administration

 Family Matters is a regular
 publication of Children’s Home
 Society of florida (CHS). CHS           The best part of summer is having fun in the       who loved “Harriett the Spy.” They continued
                                         sun! Thanks to The Marlins Baseball Orga-          their day out with a fun scavenger hunt.                                         d Ann D’uria, Dee Flynn,
 is a not-for-profit organization                                                                                                                d Jayme Cassidy,            Debbie Breton
 dedicated to Embracing Children.        nization, the children and families we serve                                                            Bonnie Levengood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            d Teri Lurie, Ginny Fujino, Pam
                                                                                            later in the summer, Sherry Price of Planta-                                                                         d Kelly Ann Cartwright, Vannese
                                         had a chance to experience america’s favorite
                                                                                                                                                 Spreading the word
 Inspiring Lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Masters, Mary Scott Canada,
                                                                                            tion Equestrian Center invited the young-                                                                            Gordon, Michele Stocker, Chris Bell        Martin Woodstock
                                         past time: attending a major league baseball
                                                                                            sters to learn how to feed, groom and ride
 Executive Director                      game. The organization donated 350 tickets
                                                                                            horses; they also had a chance to see different
 Rebecca Mcguire                         to be redeemed for any florida Marlins home                                                             CHS’ name has been spread around the community all summer long, thanks to Jayme
                                                                                            animals on the farm and were treated to lunch.
                                         game until the end of the season. This gener-                                                           Cassidy, Esq., advocacy Committee Chair. She partnered with Bonnie Levengood,
 Vice President of Operations            ous gift shows you don’t have to win the World     additionally, the children learned the impor-        fund Development Committee Chair, to promote our mission, vision and values through-
 Shelley Katz                            Series to be world champions!                      tance of “going green” at the Earthman concert.      out Broward County. There was a huge turnout at the Blue Martini in June, where at-
                                                                                            Community Presbyterian Church of Lau-                tendees learned about our services and how to get involved with CHS. Jayme, Bonnie and
 401 N.E. 4th Street                     Children residing in the I. lorraine Thomas
                                                                                            derdale by the Sea put on a play that taught         their committees continued their quest by hosting “Back to the ’80s” at Christopher’s.
 fort lauderdale, fl 33301               Children’s Emergency Home were also
                                                                                            about recycling and resource conservation;           This event not only focused on advocacy, but also on the need for back-to-school sup-
 Phone (954) 453-6400                                          showered with exciting
                                                                                            children also received books and a healthy lunch.    plies, raising more than $400 for our children! We extend our gratitude to Blue Martini
 fax (954) 764-6458                                            activities that gave them
                                                                new life experiences. Hal   finally, our little ones brought smiles to the       and Christopher’s for the five-star hospitality!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 d I. Lorraine Thomas with East Broward Auxiliary
 Editors:                                                       Axler of Cinema Par-        residents of Manor Oaks Nursing Home,                                                                                                                and board members
                                                                                                                                                                                            Spotlight
 Rosemarie Stiegele                                              adiso organized a movie    enjoying the opportunity to give back to others
                                                                                            by reading stories to the elderly.                                                              We’re pleased to congratulate I. Lorraine Thomas, recently honored as “Woman of
                                                                 day for the young ones,
 Heather Morgan                                                                                                                                                                             the Year” by the american Cancer Society for the Royal Dames of Cancer Research, Inc.,
 Karen N. Holmes                                                                                   Without your kindness, the children in our                                               and also honored by The greater fort lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Way to go,
                                                                                                   care wouldn’t have a chance to enjoy life,                                               lorraine! You are our “Woman of the Year” every day of the year!
 Contributors:                                                                                     smile and laugh in their otherwise uncer-
 Rebecca Mcguire, Karen N. Hol-                                                                    tain situations. Thank you for helping make                                              Intercoastal Division’s Board Chair Michele Greene received the “Volunteer of the
 mes, laWanda gibson, laura Estey                                                                  this summer full of fun!                                                                 Year” award through State farm Insurance. after she was presented with
                                                                                                                                                                                            a $500 check, Michele donated it to the I. Lorraine Thomas Children’s
                                                                                                                                                 d Rebecca McGuire, Michele Greene,
 www.chsfl.org                                                                                     Far leftL Letter from Sean Moroney                                                       Emergency Home and Family Support Center. Thank you, Michele,
                                                                                                                                                 Tom Linder, Rosemarie Stiegele
                                                                                                   Left: United States Probation Office                                                     for always keeping CHS close to your heart!

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                                                                                                                                                       finding forever familieS
                                                                             Safety in numbers
 From the CEO
 Despite additional budget reductions to children’s services and             CHS’ Safe PlaCe outreaCH effortS #3 in nation
                                                                                                                                                       November is National Adoption Awareness Month
 dire revenue projections, I am heartened by the clear community
 support for children’s services across the state:                           Some ran away from home, others were kicked out. While a few              CHS finalized a record 1,083 adoptions           Faces of adoption
                                                                             are afraid to return to their families, most just aren’t sure how to      over the past year, providing children with
 • You, our devoted donors and volunteers, continue to gener-                                                                                                                                           late night conversation rekindled more              their recon-
                                                                             go home. But they all share one similarity: they need a Safe Place,       a place to call home, parents to call upon for
   ously contribute to help offset cuts to these services year                                                                                                                                          than memories during a recent 20-year high          nection at the
                                                                             somewhere to find shelter and a warm meal. Somewhere to shower,           guidance, and the love and support of their
   after year. at a time when children and families need your help                                                                                                                                      school reunion. Chatting under the stars until      reunion seemed
                                                                             to talk, to receive counseling. a place to get off the streets and back   own forever family. Of these, 1,019 involved
   the most, you remain resolute in your commitment to ensure                                                                                                                                           the wee hours of the morning, Joye and Peter        to be timed
                                                                             to their family or into a more permanent, stable setting.                 children from foster care.
   children are safe, healthy and prepared for life.                                                                                                                                                    found something else while they reconnect-          perfectly. Peter
                                                                             Offered around the country, Safe                                          Our deep dedication to adoption has result-      ed…a spark that would ignite into a loving          even introduced
 • Voters in Dade County recently reauthorized The Children’s
                                                                             Place promises youth choices beyond                                       ed in permanent homes for more than              marriage.                                           his daughter to
   Trust, which provides $100 million annually to support pre-
                                                                             the streets. and it does more than                                        37,600 children throughout our history.                                                              Joye during the
   vention programs for children and families in the community.                                                                                                                                         It didn’t take long for the former classmates
                                                                             offer temporary shelter and security.                                                                                                                                          reunion, and, a
   With 85 percent of voters in favor, the outcome illustrates                                                                                                                                          to realize they shared something special. In
                                                                             It offers counseling and referrals to                                                                                                                                          few days later,
   positive community sentiment, and I encourage other areas to                                                                                        Adoption services                                addition to strikingly similar personalities,
                                                                             other community resources through                                                                                                                                              Peter’s daughter
   consider similar initiatives for ensuring child safety.                                                                                             We offer confidential adoptive services          both Joye and Peter were both adopted
                                                                             great collaboration with local organi-                                                                                                                                         joined them on      Peter and Joye on their
 • additionally, in heightening our advocacy efforts, we’ve found                                                                                      throughout the entire state, catering to birth   through CHS. Welcomed into warm, loving                                 wedding day
                                                                             zations. But for Safe Place to succeed,                                                                                                                                        their first date.
   incredible support among old and new friends through the                                                          Through Safe Place, youth have    parents, prospective adoptive parents, adop-     families, both consider themselves “doubly
                                                                             youth need to know it’s available.      choices beyond the streets.
   creation of a joint statewide initiative, “florida’s People—flor-                                                                                   tive families and adopted children.              blessed” with two amazing mothers.                  While Peter knows he’s been blessed, his
                                                                             So we spread the word. CHS’ Safe                                                                                                                                               parents also realized how fortunate they
   ida’s Promise,” showing we’re not alone in our fight for real                                                                                       Birth parent services                            “I have a wonderful mom who raised me
                                                                             Place, offered in Palm Beach County as part of our South Coastal                                                                                                               were to raise three children, all adopted. “My
   solutions to florida’s budgetary challenges.                                                                                                                                                         and a wonderful mom who gave me to her,”
                                                                             Division, ranked number three in the nation for the greatest number       Choosing adoption is a courageous, lov-                                                              parents couldn’t physically have children, but
 Together with the florida Coalition for Children, florida Tax-                                                                                                                                         Peter says.
                                                                             of outreaches—nearly 29,000—during fiscal year 2008, as reported in       ing, difficult decision. We believe the birth                                                        they had everything else to give,” Peter says.
 Watch, aaRP and Community-Based Care of Seminole, CHS is                    the July 2008 National Safe Place Newsletter.                             parent(s) should be the only one(s) who          Joye concurs when speaking of her own               after his mother passed away, Peter sought
 spearheading florida’s People—florida’s Promise. We’re challeng-                                                                                      makes the decision of whether to parent or       family. “I can’t imagine life any other way,” she   out his birth mother, something his adoptive
                                                                             While our presentations in local schools can reach up to 200
 ing legislators and candidates to share how they intend to lead                                                                                       create an adoption plan, and our compas-         says. “I’m so appreciative—my birth mother          mom had encouraged him to do; it worked
                                                                             students a day, we’ve also taken our message to community events,
 florida through the current revenue shortfall while protecting                                                                                        sionate counselors are available 24/7 to         knew she wasn’t able to provide me with the         out wonderfully, he says.
                                                                             festivals and concerts. and on a more personal level, volunteers dis-
 our most vulnerable citizens, from infants to the elderly. Officially                                                                                 provide confidential pregnancy coun-             life she wanted me to have, so the best thing
                                                                             tribute Safe Place cards and information at local parks, reaching youth                                                                                                        “Now I know what I’ve gotten from nurtur-
 launched august 4 in Tallahassee, our efforts have resulted in                                                                                        seling. We also provide:                         was to provide me with a loving family to
                                                                             individually.                                                                                                                                                                  ing and what I’ve gotten from genetics,” Peter
 extensive media coverage across the state, with several Editorial                                                                                                                                      raise and nurture me.”
 Boards applauding this coalition and supporting our call for solu-          Contributing to the program’s success, more than 300 Safe Place           • assistance with creating an adoption plan                                                          says. “I’m blessed—how many people lose a
                                                                                                                                                         (including the opportunity to select the       Joye’s also proud that she was actually             mother and gain a mother in a lifetime?”
 tions beyond simply slashing to accomodate increasingly lower               referral sites—from fire stations to libraries—display the iconic Safe
                                                                                                                                                         adoptive parents and to agree upon the         adopted twice: after being adopted by her
 revenue projections.                                                        Place sign on the window to let youth know they can go inside for                                                                                                              Peter adds that, as adoptees, he and Joye
                                                                                                                                                         level of openness);                            mother as an infant, Joye was also adopted by
                                                                             help…it’s the first step in a process toward stability.                                                                                                                        have a lot of introspection others may not
 More than 60 organizations have publicly endorsed the efforts                                                                                                                                          her stepfather five years later.
                                                                                                                                                       • assistance in obtaining prenatal care;                                                             understand. In addition to the emotional and
 of florida’s People—florida’s Promise, and nearly 1,000 people              Because underlying family issues usually prompt youth to make a
                                                                                                                                                                                                        and while she and Peter attended the same           familial similarities, the two share jokes that
 have signed the Declaration of Inter-dependence, illustrating the           Safe Place visit, our efforts extend beyond providing shelter, and        • Ongoing post-adoption counseling;              private school from grammar school through          need no explanation. But more than that,
 community’s desire to elect officials ready to advance creative so-         we engage each family in the heal-
                                                                                                                      Connect with us!                 • lifetime retention of records and more.        graduation, they never quite ventured into          they share an abundance of love—love that,
 lutions. I encourage you to visit www.floridaspeople.com and add            ing process. When it’s safe to do so,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        a relationship during adolescence.Yet, after        someday, they hope to also share with a child
 your name. We must join together and be heard, letting leaders of           we work toward reunifying families.      are you linkedIn? So are         Visit www.decisiontomake.com for more
                                                                                                                                                                                                        first marriages for both Peter and Joye ended,      of their own.
 the Sunshine State know that it’s not OK to leave our vulnerable            But if abandonment or abuse has          we! Join the CHS Group           information about our birth parent services.
 citizens in the dark.Your power lies in your involvement, in your           occurred, we collaborate with the        on LinkedIn to show your         Adoptive parent services
 voice, in your vote.                                                        Department of Children and families support for our mission.                                                               Public and international adoptive services          for parents wishing to pursue interna-
                                                                             to ensure youth have a safe, stable,                                      We’d be honored to help bring your family                                                            tional adoption, CHS offers home study
 On behalf of the thousands of young ones                                                                                                                                                               Thousands of children in florida’s foster
                                                                             appropriate place to live.               find us on facebook! Join        together. Our services for adoptive parents                                                          preparation, post-placement services and
 in our care, thank you for helping us make                                                                                                                                                             care system fall asleep each night dream-
                                                                                                                      the Children’s Home So-          include:                                                                                             parenting seminars. We work in cooperation
 a difference in their lives through your gifts                              Through our Safe Place outreach                                                                                            ing of the day they’ll become part a loving
                                                                                                                      ciety of Florida Cause.                                                                                                               with an international adoption agency and
 and through your advocacy.                                                  efforts, we’re working hard to keep                                       • Home study preparation;                        family. Many are older than age 7, part of a
                                                                                                                      Or, mingle with the Chil-                                                                                                             help prepare you to bring your child home.
                                                                             youth off the streets and out of                                          • Matching you with the birth parent(s);         sibling group, of minority heritage, or have
 Warm regards,                                                                                                        dren’s Home Society
                                                                             danger. and with the help of invalu-                                                                                       physical, developmental and/or emotional            for more information on any of our services,
                                                                             able volunteers willing to be on call    of Florida Group on              • Determining a mutual level of openness;        challenges. But each has an abundance of            visit www.chsfl.org or call (800) 247-4600.
                                                                             day and night, we’ll continue reach-     MySpace!                                                                          love to give, tremendous potential and hope
 Dave Bundy                                                                                                                                            • Placement services;
                                                                             ing youth and their families, always     Share your connection to                                                          for happier tomorrows. We’d love to talk
                                                                                                                                                       • Parenting seminars;                            with you about growing your family through
                                                                             working to ensure every child is safe, CHS, and invite your friends
                                                                             healthy and prepared for life.           to join, too!                    • Post-adoption counseling and more.             public adoption.



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Lives changed for the better                                                      Youth helping youth                                                          Special thanks to our donors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. and Mrs. Mitch goldstein               Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. lovern, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Rick gomez                             Ms. Mercedes loy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr. and Mrs. Sam goren                     luke Brown & associates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mrs. gypsy graves                          Mr. and Mrs. Tony lurie
CorPorate donationS and grantS                                                    The Intercoastal Division is proud to announce a gift of more than           We thank our contributors whose donations were received april 1,                                 greenberg Traurig, P.a.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Michele M. greene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ms. Christine Madsen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Maldonado
Summer brought an abundance of financial support to the Intercoast-               $500 from St. Anthony Catholic School in fort lauderdale. The                2008, through august 31, 2008. Donations received after this date                                gregory’s Yacht Sales & Management         Ms. laura-lou Males
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. ann gremillion                         Ms. Marie Mangouta
al Division. The $61,114 received from several corporate donations                fourth grade class was challenged to an end-of-the-year service              will be recognized in future issues. Our sincere apologies for any                               Ms. gina grossman                          Mr. and Mrs. Paul Manley
and grants enables us to help a single mother during a crisis, nurture            project and chose to help children in the community who have been            names inadvertently omitted from this list.                                                      Ms. Karen grossutti                        Mr. Robert Mann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ms. Christine gudasky                      Mr. and Mrs. gunars Mansons
cultural diversity and provide basic necessities for the most vulner-             abused and/or neglected.                                                     Ms. Mistye accardi and                       Ms. Sandy Coghill                                   Mr. Nolan Haan                             Ms. Kendall Marcelle
                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Jeremy Ensmerger                      Mrs. Juanita Coghlan                                Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hallick                  Mr. and Mrs. Ira Marcus
able in this community: the children.                                             Students signed up for various responsibilities such as designing post-      Mr. and Mrs. alfredo aguirre                 Dr. and Mrs. Jack a. Cohen                          Mr. and Mrs. Joe C. Hancock                Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Marquard
                                                                                                                                                               akerman Senterfitt                           Ms. Maria Carolina Cohen                            Ms. Patricia Handly-Johnson                Mr. and Mrs. William Masaro
The I. lorraine Thomas Children’s Emergency Home was the recipi-                  ers, creating collection boxes, speaking in classes about their project,     Mr. Mark alderman                            Mr. and Mrs. Richard Coker                          Ms. Kathleen Harox                         Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Mason
ent of two significant contributions. first, The Paul Palank Memo-                collecting “snack” change from classes at lunchtime, and baking and          Ms. Sharon alexander                         Coldwell Banker Residential                         Hawks landing Club                         Ms. Pamela C. Masters
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. James alger                        Real Estate Cares                                Ms. Jenelyn Haye                           Mr. angel Matos
rial Foundation, Inc. awarded a $25,200 grant to meet immediate                   selling homemade goodies at school-wide bake sales.                          Mr. and Mrs. anthony alizio                  Ms. Rita Cortese                                    Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Healy                 Ms. Renaye Matthews
                                                                                                                                                               allstate giving Campaign                     Dr. Brandon Cox                                     Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hechavarria              Mrs. Trudie Mattson
needs of recently placed children. Since July 1, 2007, 167 children               The fifth grade classes at The Sagemont School in Weston went                amaturo family foundation, Inc.              Craig Savant Insurance agency, Inc.                 Mr. and Mrs. Sol Heifetz                   Mr. and Mrs. Charles May
in Broward County have called the I. lorraine Thomas Children’s                   above and beyond during their end-of-the-year drive. The three               anonymous                                    Ms. Karen Creed                                     Dr. gretchen Heinsen                       Ms. Mary a. McCaleb
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. amy appleby                              Mr. and Mrs. David Crumbaker                        Ms. amanda Hickman                         Ms. Paula McDonald
Emergency Home their “home.” approximately 90 percent of these                    classes donated more than $1,700 worth of in-kind goods such as              Ms. Juanita arms                             Ms. Jackie Cruz                                     Ms. Catherine Hill                         Ms. Josette McDonnell
children entered the emergency home with only the clothes on their                clothing, food, toys, toiletries, books and cleaning products.               Mr. and Mrs. Brian ashworth                  Mr. and Mrs. Edward Curtis                          Ms. Debbie Hoffacker                       Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mcfall
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Tracy aspen all                          Ms. anne Cusack                                     Ms. Michelle Holcomb                       Ms. alison Mcgee
backs and were in immediate need of basic necessities. The monies                                                                                              Mr. Claude gittinger and Mrs. Sholeh atash   Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Czubay                         Ms. frances Holman                         Mr. and Mrs. James J. Mcguire, Jr.
received will assist in providing personal hygiene products, cloth-               CHS provided all classes with “Kids Helping Kids” awards at their            atlantic Yacht & Ship                        Ms. ann D’auria                                     Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy C. Holmes              Mrs. Connie McKenzie
                                                                                  schools. We thank these generous children, parents and schools for           Mr. and Mrs. John a. auner                   Ms.Vanessa D’Souza                                  Mr. John Hooper                            Mr. gerald Mclaughlin
ing, and educational and recreational activities for the children. We                                                                                          autoNation USa                               Mr. lawrence J. Daley                               Ms. Cheryl Coker Hurley                    Ms. geraldine McMahon
also purchased new swimsuits, beach towels, sunscreen and summer                  their kindness and support!                                                  Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Backus                  Ms. Sandi Dalton                                    Mr. and Mrs. James l. Hutchings            Ms. leeann McRae
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Katherine Bailey                         Dan Cato Insurane agency, Inc.                      Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hyatt                   Ms. gwen Meckler
clothes for all residing in the emergency home.                                                                                                                Ms. Darlene Baker                            Daoud’s fine Jewelry                                Ms. Kimberly Hylton                        Ms. Susan Medina
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. Dean Baker                               Mr. and Mrs.Vincent J. Deangelo                     IBM Employee Services Center               Memorial Healthcare System
Second, a $10,214 contribution from The Wachovia Foundation
                                                                                   Donor Highlights                                                            Mr. and Mrs. fred Balestriero                Ms. Pat Delaney                                     Imagine Charter School                     Ms. alice Mendez
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Suzette Ball                             Ms. Donna DeMarco                                   Mr. frederick Ingham                       Ms. amy Slater Menger
will support the Educational adventures Cultural Hour (EaCH),                      The couches in the I. lorraine Thomas Children’s Emergency                  Bank of america United Way Campaign          Mr. Maury f. Denneler                               Integrity Productions                      Mr. Rodney J. Merklinger and
                                                                                   Home were recently reupholstered, compliments of Helene                     Ms. Pam Barlow                               Department of Juvenile Justice                      Ms. Eileen Jacobson                           Ms. Nina lansing
geared to enhance art and culture awareness. When children arrive at                                                                                           Ms. Sharon Barnwell-Miller                   Ms. atiyyah Diaab                                   Jade Ocean Cleaners                        Mr. Brett Merl
the emergency home after suffering abuse, neglect or abandonment,                  Levitz, a new member of the East Broward auxiliary. The children            Ms. Joanne Barone                            Ms. Patricia Diaab                                  Mr. and Mrs. adolph James                  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Messana
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. Richard Bassett                          Dr. Willis Dickens                                  Mrs. lydia Jarvis                          Ms. Diana Metcalf
they’re also faced with another challenge in their lives: adjusting to live        love the colors and have wasted no time breaking in the refur-              Ms. Tamie Bassett                            Mrs. Tracey a. Dikes                                Mrs. Barbara Jay                           Ms. Phyllis Mickenberg
with others, many from different cultures. EaCH engages children in                bished couches! We acknowledge Sabina of Canvas Connec-                     Bayview loan Servicing Employees             Mr. Domenic Donato                                  Mr. and Mrs. leif Jensen                   Mr. and Mrs. Mike Milam
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Betsy J. Beardsley                       Ms. Carol Dorfman                                   JM family Enterprises, Inc.                Ms.Virginia l. Miller
a one- to three-hour educational art or cultural activity each month,              tion for doing a fantastic job on the reupholstering. We appreciate         Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beart                      Mr. and Mrs. Michael Draplukk                       Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson               Mr. and Mrs. albert Miniaci
and it provides opportunities for our young ones to go on culturally               your thoughtfulness and kind heart, Helene.                                 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Biesterfeld, Sr.      Drummond Management account                         Ms. Catherine Jones                        Mr. Dominick Miniaci
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Steven Birnbaum                 East Broward auxiliary, Intercoastal Division       Ms. Jan M. Joyce                           Chef David Mitchell
diverse field trips, attend plays, tour museums and visit festivals in Bro-        We also give kudos to Jodi Brown for purchasing new beanbag                 Ms. flor Blanchett                           Echo                                                Ms. Nancy a. Joyce                         Moms Club of East fort lauderdale
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Ilene Blecher                            Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eckert                         Kaplan University                          Moms Club of Cooper City
ward County. also, each month the children help staff or volunteers                chairs for our children in the I. lorraine Thomas Children’s Emer-          Dr. Krista Bloom                             Elcon Electric                                      Mr. and Mrs. Ted l. Kay                    MOMS Club of fort lauderdale
prepare a cultural celebration dinner such as Passover, Thanksgiving or            gency Home. The little ones are enjoying their new comfortable
                                                                                                                                                               Mrs. Barbara Blue                            Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elmore                          Mr. and Mrs. Sean Moore                    Mr. and Mrs. gregory Moon
                                                                                                                                                               Blue Martini                                 Ms. Charlotte Emerson                               Mr. and Mrs. William Kent                  Mrs. Natalie Moore
Kwanzaa. They also create collages with art supplies to express their              chairs. Thank you, Jodi!                                                    BocaRaton.com                                Engco, Inc.                                         Mrs. Joann Kepshire-Suffredini             Mr. and Mrs. John Moroney
experiences of the monthly culture events. In support of the program,                                                                                          Ms. Evelyn Bolden                            Ms. Carole Ertley                                   Mrs. Kim Kessler and Mr. Michael garity    Mr. and Mrs. larry Most
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. louis Bomentre                  Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Escobar                         Ms. Idyouss Khadija                        Ms. Rose Mary Motes


                                                                                  Holiday festivities
we display diversity posters in the emergency home.                                                                                                            Ms. gundie Bonner                            Ms. antonia Espey                                   Dr. Susan King                             Ms. Maria C. Najera
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Bornstein                Essentials Boutique                                 Ms.Vicki Kirk                              Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Nash
The Amaturo Foundation, Inc. gifted $20,000 to CHS for emer-                                                                                                   Ms. Stephanie Boudreau                       Mr. and Mrs. Kerry l. Ezrol                         Ms. Mary Kissel                            Ms. Kim Nava
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Steven Boyar                    Mr. and Mrs. lourenco faria                         Mr. and Mrs. Barry Klein                   Ms. Carolyn Navarra
gency client assistance. This financial support will help prevent fami-                                                                                        Ms. Suzanne Boyd                             Mr. and Mrs. Jason feder                            Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Knight             Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Nelson
                                                                                  The holiday season is fast ap-
lies from being evicted from their homes and offer assistance when                                                                                             Mr. and Mrs. John Branigan                   Mr. and Mrs. Stuart feinzig                         Ms. Kathy Knowles                          New River girl Scouts
                                                                                  proaching and, for many families,      Holiday needs                         Ms. Denise Brazinski                         Ms. Renee feldman                                   Dr. and Mrs. Jon a. Kotler                 Noodles Panini
their utilities are about to be turned off. The money also helps home-                                                                                         Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Breidbord               Ms. lucille felice                                  Dr. and Mrs. Bruce P. Krieger              Mr. and Mrs. Peter a. Nori
                                                                                  it’s a stressful time of year; some    Halloween: New costumes,              Mr. and Mrs. Roland Breton                   Mr. and Mrs. Mark finocchio                         Ms. Sara Kroeger                           Mrs. Trish Norman-figueiredo
less families obtain apartments and provides medical care to families
                                                                                  children are separated from family     trick-or-treat bags, gift cards       Ms. Dorothy Brooks                           Ms. Margo fiori                                     Ms. Jeanine Kuflik                         Mr. george Novak
in need. Without this aid, we wouldn’t be able to stabilize families                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. gar Brown                       Ms. Nicole fisher                                   James annenberg la Vea                     Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Noyola
                                                                                  and friends, and many parents are                                            Ms. gay Bryan                                flamingo Elementary School - afterschool               Charitable foundation                   Ms. Paula Nystrom
and help them get back on their feet. Our goal is to build on family                                                     Thanksgiving: Turkeys, bread                                                                                                           Mr. and Mrs. John lachowicz                Oasis Properties, llC
                                                                                  struggling to make ends meet. as                                             Ms. Renee Bush and Mr.Vilem Beran            Dr. and Mrs. Paul a. flaten
strengths and create a plan to prevent them from being in crisis again                                                   stuffing, traditional fixings, gift   Mr. and Mrs. James Callard                   Mr. and Mrs. Robert fleischer                       Ms. Rose lafemina and Mr. Michael Conroy   Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Obymako
                                                                                  we work diligently year-round to                                             Mr. and Mrs. Howard M. Camerik               Ms. Joan fletcher                                   Mr. and Mrs. aurel lahaye                  Mrs. Nina Ophime
– but this cannot begin until the current financial crisis is solved.                                                    cards                                 Ms. Margaret Campbell                        florida Marlins                                     Mr. and Mrs. Robert laSala                 Mr. and Mrs. Theodore H. Orrell
                                                                                  guide, support and provide for the                                           Mr. and Mrs. Don Campion                     Mr. and Mrs. Joseph flynn                           Ms. angela lathrop                         Mr. and Mrs. John a. Osborne
The James Annenberg Le Vea Charitable Foundation donated                          1,400 plus children and families we    Holidays: New clothes, shoes,         Mrs. Mary Scott Canada and                   Mr. and Mrs. Tomas fonseca                          Mrs. Soledad I. laTulippe                  Ms. Mindy Owen
                                                                                                                                                                  Mr. Martin Woodstock                      Ms. Helen fretwell                                  lauderdale Imports, Inc.                   Ms. Colleen Paige
$5,700 in honor of Polly annenberg le Vee.                                        serve, we need your help in mak-       jewelry, electronics, new toys        The Capital grille                           Ms. Michele friedlander                             Ms. Jonelle lees and Mr. Shane Brown       Mr. and Mrs. gino Paparella
Dick Bassett contributed $5,000 for client needs.                                 ing this holiday season special for    and games, books, gift cards          Ms. Suellen Caplan                           fun Promo Stuff, Inc.                               Dr. and Mrs. Cory lessner                  Ms. Cheryl Parker
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. louis Carosella                 Mr. Morris funk                                     Ms. Bonnie levengood                       Ms. Donna Parlapiano
                                                                                  all. We ask you to please keep CHS                                           Ms. Michelle Case                            Ms.Yamilee gaspard-Wolff                            Mrs. Pamela levengood                      Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Pasley
Thank you again for supporting our mission Embracing Children. Inspir-            in mind when you start shopping                                              Mr. and Mrs. Marc Catalano                   Mr. and Mrs. Joseph gattelaro                       Ms. Helene levitz                          Paul Palank Memorial foundation, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                               Catherine B. Blanchard Insurance agency      Ms. Wendy lou gaugler                               Mr. and Mrs. andrew lichterman             Mrs. Beth Pavur and Mr. Scott P. Weiner
ing Lives. We couldn’t do it without you!                                         for Halloween, Thanksgiving and holiday gifts. To learn how you can          Mr. and Mrs. Eugenio Cefali                  Ms. Bijette gebron                                  Mr. and Mrs. Robert lietz
                                                                                  make this holiday season special for children in our community, please       Ms. Suzanne Chesser                          Mr. and Mrs. Marvin gentile                         Commander and Mrs. Tom lindner,                                  (continued on page 8)
                                                                                                                                                               Christopher’s                                Mr. Paul georgiadis                                    USN (Ret.)
                                                                                  contact Karen at (954) 453-6411 or karen.holmes@chsfl.org.                   Mr. and Mrs. Tony Ciero                      girl Scouts of Broward, Inc., Troop #221            Ms. Renee lloret
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. ann Clark                                Mr. and Mrs. gerald glass                           Ms. Connie loewenthal
                                                                                                                                                               Ms. Deborah Cline                            Mr. David glassman                                  Mr. and Mrs. Michael lombardi
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. Kenneth Cline                            global Search group                                 Mr. and Mrs. Michael london
                                                                                                                                                               Mr. and Mrs. Bill Coachman                   Mr. and Mrs. Jeff gold                              Mr. and Mrs. loy long


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