According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, a child is abused somewhere in the United States every ten seconds. Christian Homes For Children has rescued more than 1100 of these children over the years.
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The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG), is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. HPACG promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation and supports an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history. The President of the Association, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, speaks with Shelly Lynn about the different volunteer opportunities available to the community.
To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.
The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.
At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.
Human Trafficking generally involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for profit. Laws dealing with human trafficking and slavery are not new to the U.S. legal system. But in recent years, commercial sexual exploitation, a concept that refers to a sex act coupled with a commercial transaction, has become a matter of increasing concern for the local community of South Florida. Betty Lara, President of Glory House of Miami, talks about the strength and resilience of the survivors as they battle their way back to a life of freedom. Too many children, as young as 12 years of age, are brought into the sex industry. It is not enough for women alone to advocate against child pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation. As Betty put it, “it will take the city of Miami” to stop the demand and end sex trafficking. Men and women must come together and advocate against any form of sexual exploitation.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most challenging of the childhood behavioral disorders. For most affected individuals, the impact of autism continues through adulthood. Children and adults with autism frequently suffer as well from various medical and psychiatric disorders, further complicating its treatment and management. Parents’ and clinicians’ attention to the occurring disorders can greatly improve the quality of life and health of affected individuals. That is why it is important to stress early intervention for children with Autism.
Dr. Daniel Messinger, the principal investigator of the SIB SMILE lab, is an associate professor in the Child Division of the Department of Psychology and in the departments of Pediatrics and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Miami. His current research aims to further understand emotional and social interaction and development of typically developing infants, infants who have autistic siblings, and children with autism spectrum disorders. He is using automated measurement and ratings of facial expressions to explore emotion and interaction. Additionally, Dr. Messinger is examining dynamic systems and the impact of real-time processes (sharing a smile) on developmental processes (secure attachment). Devon Gangi graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Miami. She is enrolled in the Developmental Psychology track as a graduate student in the SIB SMILE Lab. As part of her undergraduate senior honor’s thesis, Devon investigated the relationship between initiating joint attention and language ability in high-risk infants for developing an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her graduate work at the SIB SMILE Lab, she hopes to investigate the genetic factors of temperament.
On ‘Not For Profit,’ Dr. Daniel Messinger and Devon talk about UM SIBSMILE (Sibling Studies Measuring Infant Learning and Emotion) a research study that investigates the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children between 2 months to 4 years of age. The research data is used to examine differences in the development of younger siblings of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with a typically developing older sibling.
With the total US citrus crop equaling 11.2 tons at a value of $3.2 billion annually, it is safe to say citrus production is a valuable industry. Florida being a key player in citrus production recently held a Citrus Expo in Fort Meyers.
To aid citrus growers and correct any detrimental factors inhibiting production such as citrus greening and citrus canker diseasing crops, Bio S.I. Technology Founder Wayne Tucker presented Bio S.I’s all-natural soil microbial solutions to rebuild, restore and renew from “Roots to Fruit.”
Lauren Book, founder of Lauren’s Kids, was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Armed with the knowledge that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors by starting Lauren’s Kids. Lauren’s Kids encourages victims to “shine a light in dark places” and “shed the shame.”
An official 501(c)3, Lauren’s Kids is based in South Florida and educates adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curriculum, awareness campaigns and speaking engagements around the country and world. Lauren’s Kids holds an annual, statewide “Walk in My Shoes” event, which brings together survivors and advocates on a 1,500-mile walk across Florida to raise awareness and promote supportive legislation. The foundation has helped advocate for the passage of more than two dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators.
Urgent Inc. is a youth and community development organization with a mission of empowering young minds to transform their communities. This non-profit organization is currently searching for a Youth Development Intern. A successful intern will assist Counselors and Program Managers during their Youth Empowerment Summer Camp located here on UM’s campus! To learn more or to apply for this amazing opportunity, search for Job ID 40274 on HireACane.
Pam Ford, a peer services manager at South Florida Behavioral Health Network, spoke about her experiences struggling with a mental illness, specifically bipolar mental illness. As one who lives with a serious mental illness, Pam, a leader now in the peer movement, is able to provide the best advice to others struggling with similar situations. She shares information on how to get help, what it is like to live with a serious mental illness, and where to find the resources necessary for recovery and rehabilitation.