LAUDERHILL, Fla. – The Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County, in partnership with dozens of community organizations, held its annual Family Fun and Resource Fair on April 14 at Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park in Ft. Lauderdale in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Now in its 10th year, the Family Fun and Resource Fair concluded the 2018 Annual Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children Campaign—a four-month series of events dedicated to strengthening families and ensuring the community knows of programs and resources that can help prevent child abuse and neglect.
With Rodney Baltimore of Hot 105 as Master of Ceremonies, hundreds of attendees enjoyed food and beverages, health screenings (including eye exams), raffle prizes, games, mini-workshops and resources on keeping children safe and healthy, all free of charge. Children moved through a 135’ inflatable obstacle course and posed for fun photos courtesy of Bikers Against Child Abuse. South Florida’s own Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter Alexander Star gave a rousing live performance with a medley of popular songs. Dr. Rosby Glover, executive director of Mt. Bethel Human Services Corporation, was honored with the 2018 Alan and Marsha Levy Champion of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Award presented by Judge Kenneth L. Gillespie. The event also included a moving tribute to the late Nancy J. Cotterman, the original organizer of the Family Fun and Resource Fair and for whom the Broward County Nancy J. Cotterman Center, formerly the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, was named.
This year’s Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children Campaign theme, “There’s a SUPERHERO in all of us,” serves as a reminder that every action in service can help others and make a huge impact. The annual Broward AWARE campaign is dedicated to:
- Recognizing the signs of and preventing human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children
- Preventing injury and death from unsafe sleep practices, drowning, and leaving children in unattended vehicles
- Providing family strengthening resources to help keep children at home or with relative caregivers to avoid placement in the foster care system
- Providing resources to keep youth with non-violent infractions from entering and being stuck in the Juvenile Justice System
- Providing supports for youth that can help them achieve their goals through mentorship, education, job internships and training
- Engaging fathers in the lives of their children as positive role models and primary caregivers
Special thanks to the Broward County Parks’ & Rec Municipal District staff, Rodney Baltimore, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Men of Mt. Bethel, Alexander Star, YMCA of South Florida, Seeing the World Clinic, 99 JAMZ, Water Smart Broward, Broward Health, BSO Fire & Rescue, and everyone who helped to make this year’s Family Fun and Resource Fair a success.
For more information, visit www.cscbroward.org/broward-aware.
About Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children
The Broward AWARE campaign is inspired by the work of the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and Prevent Child Abuse/Pinwheels for Prevention Florida. Broward AWARE partners include: 2-1-1 Broward, ARC Broward, Boys Town, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Children Center, Broward County Nancy J. Cotterman Center, Broward County Family Success Center, Broward County Parks & Recreation, Broward County Public Schools, Broward Sheriff’s Office, ChildNet, Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Children’s Home Society, Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Department of Children and Families, Chrysalis Health, Community Access Center, Ft. Lauderdale Police Dept., Early Steps, Florida Dept. of Health in Broward County, Florida Impact, HANDY, Healthy Families, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies of Broward, Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Jamaica International Female Football Development Inc., KidSafe Foundation, Mt. Bethel Human Services, Ounce of Prevention Florida, Swim Central, SWIMS Foundation, YMCA of South Florida, and more.
About the Children’s Services Council of Broward County
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, and was reauthorized on November 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.