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CHS Announces Jane Adams as New Board Member

May 12, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has appointed Jane Adams to its statewide Board of Directors. Adams is the former Vice President of University Relations for the University of Florida, where she was responsible for government relations, public relations, marketing and external relations at the national, state and local levels. She retired from the university […]

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CHS Announces Alex Ralicki as New Board Member

May 11, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has appointed Alex Ralicki to its statewide Board of Directors empowering children and their families to find – and pursue – opportunities for success and happiness throughout Florida. Ralicki is a Wealth Manager and Accountant for Ralicki Wealth Management & Trust. After 7 years serving on CHS’ local advisory […]

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Diversity in Film and TV

May 9, 2022

As we continue to embed equity, diversity and inclusion into our culture, it is important to note all the ways that diversity shows up regularly. Recently, we had a robust conversation about the significance of representation in film and media. One of the easiest ways to expose our children to diversity is through film and […]

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If you’re a doer, be a good one

May 6, 2022

I didn’t know what an engineer was until I was in college. I knew what a nurse did, because my mom was a nurse. It wasn’t until college that I had access to the worlds beyond that of my home or the small town I grew up in. I’m not alone. Throughout Florida, thousands of […]

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Featured Foster Family: Martine Michel

April 29, 2022

Martine Michel may not have taken the route she intended, but she ended up exactly where she needed to be; a foster parent that has provided a loving and supportive home for 16 kids in the past two years. Martine initially wanted to start a group home. She said it has always been a passion […]

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Featured Foster Family: Rose & Melanie Williams

April 29, 2022

Growing up in the foster care system, Rose Williams knew she wanted to give back to children in need. Her and her wife, Melanie, decided that the best way to do that was to become foster parents. “I always chose that I would always do better than the way that my parents were,” said Rose. […]

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Featured Foster Family: Berlyn and Elias Reese

April 29, 2022

Berlyn and Elias Reese have been providing a loving home for children in need since 1989. Their love for children is what inspired them to begin their fostering journey. After 60 kids, Berlyn lost count of how many they’ve had in their home and believes they’ve taken care of well over 100 children by now. […]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month | How you can help

April 20, 2022

Last year, 1,578 children who were impacted by allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect in the Greater Lakeland area received care from our local Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). With April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s important to highlight the resources in our community that are helping prevent child abuse and neglect. […]

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Women doing GOOD!

April 19, 2022

Each March – and all year long – we celebrate the impact of women around us. It is a time of celebration to recognize the contributions of women to history, culture, and society. Recently, we were honored to come together to learn more about the historic contributions women have bestowed to our nation, as well […]

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Why a conservative Florida county raised taxes to help children

April 13, 2022

In the months leading up to the 2020 election, hotelier and philanthropist Julian MacQueen, usually a booster for this Florida Panhandle beach destination, found himself making an unusual pitch to the other business leaders of Pensacola. Escambia County, he told them, was failing its children. In all sorts of metrics of well-being, from abuse and […]

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