Sometimes the stories that inspire come from people who are close by everyday - family members, co-workers, clients, neighbors. At FFCR, these are a few of our own.
Monthly Update - October 2016  
Florida Foster Care Review Program Assistant Denise McArthur Honored with Voices For Children Pathfinder Award

Everyone at Florida Foster Care Review is incredibly proud of Denise McArthur who, on Friday, October 21, received the Pathfinder Award at the 22nd Annual Be A Voice Luncheon to benefit the Voices For Children Foundation . Denise, who spent time in Miami-Dade's foster care system and worked her way through college, was hired by Florida Foster Care Review in December 2014. She started out as part-time File Room Assistant and became a full-time Program Assistant just one year later. Through her work at Florida Foster Care Review, Denise demonstrates the devotion that our organization's team members have shown to abused and neglected children in our community for over 25 years.

When accepting her award, Denise spoke candidly to the crowd of nearly 500 guests, which included child welfare stakeholders, community leaders, attorneys, judges and elected officials. Her full acceptance speech is  here . For more about Denise and the Pathfinder Award,  read our press release .

In His Own Words
Florida Youth SHINE's "Digital Stories" series empowers youth to share their experiences in creative ways and through their own voices. This video, premiered at the Department of Children and Families 2016 Child Protection Summit last month, is close to our hearts. It's the story of Cameron, who was in foster care and later adopted by our very own Citizen Review Panel Specialist, Yani Sanchez. We know you'll be as moved by this story as we are. Cameron, thank you for sharing.
Claws for Kids is Getting Closer!

The Claws for Kids Luncheon is just around the corner! Tickets and sponsorship packages will be available online through Thursday, November 10 This year's raffle also features a grand prize 3-night stay at the  Four Seasons Resort - Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo . And for the first time, raffle tickets are available for advance purchase online. Get your tix today!
Mark Your Calendar for Give Miami Day - 11.17.16
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Foster Youth Weekly, FFCR's Online Newspaper 

Like being in the know? FFCR curates Foster Youth Weekly, an online paper focusing on resources useful to and supportive of youth in foster care and young adults recently in care. Check it out for employment info and more. To receive it in your inbox, be sure to subscribe!