12/06/18 : How we can share responsibility for Child Welfare

How we can share responsibility for children’s welfare.

Chances are that you know of, or are related to, a child who has been traumatized.

From recent headlines, reporting, and anecdotes, it appears obvious that children who yesterday underwent  cumulative exposure to  Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), today may well have accelerated disease and other poor health outcomes, increased mortality, and may have even demonstrated criminal or violent behavior; their financial burden on society continues to skyrocket.

Moreover, child welfare problems are interconnected to drug abuse, domestic violence, and children shouldered with the responsibility of themselves raising children, concentrated poverty, institutional racism, and ineffective social policies.

So, how are we addressing today’s abused/neglected children? What more can we do? We need to talk..


Larry Rein. Larry Rein is currently the CEO and President for ChildNet. 

Hon. Hope Bristol. Judge Bristol was elected to the bench in the 17th Judicial Circuit in 2005 and was assigned to the Unified Family Division/Dependency Division She is currently the Administrative Judge for all of the Unified Family Court Divisions

Dr. Mimi Graham. Since 1993, Dr. Mimi Graham has served as Director of the Florida State University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy providing leadership to promote public policy during the critical period from pregnancy to age 3 known as The First 1000 Days of Life

CeCe Herrero testimonial to child welfare system. “After years of abuse and neglect, I came into care at 15 years old and pregnant. Safeplace was my first point of contact in 4KIDS and was soon placed in His Caring Place where my journey in foster care truly began. Now at 29, I can say my life would not be the same without my 4KIDS family being there throughout the years.”


Cindy Arenberg Seltzer.  Cindy is the first President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.

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