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November 2017
Bringing Together Forever Families 
A beaming new family on National Adoption Day.
Fifty-four children in foster care celebrated Thanksgiving Day with a forever family, following their legal adoption on National Adoption Day, November 17. The Children's Trust proudly sponsored this event, hosted by Our Kids of Miami-Dade Monroe, at Miami Children's Museum.
Promoting a Love of Literature
Taking a reading break with Rainbow Fish.
As a sponsor of Children's Alley, The Children's Trust was out in force at the annual Miami Book Fair at Miami-Dade College, spreading a love of literature to children big and small from the "Once Upon A Time Stage" and visiting with parents at our booth.   Hundreds of children were registered for our free Read to Learn Book Club, available to all 3-year-olds in Miami-Dade County.
 
Volunteer Reviewers Needed
Seventy people have volunteered to review grant applications for our upcoming funding solicitation, but another 30 are needed! Volunteer reviewers from throughout the community augment Trust staff to comprise a cross section of qualified reviewers in this critical endeavor. Proposals will be reviewed for programs that support children and families in five-year funding cycles, in the following program areas: youth development, parenting and early childhood development. 
 
Visit The Children's Trust volunteer reviewer page to learn about being a community reviewer; click here to apply
Joining Community Partners to Celebrate Success
Trust President/CEO Jim Haj with Maurice Kemp, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor; Rick Beasley, executive director of CareerSource South Florida; and participants of the 2017 Summer Youth Internship Program.
The Trust joined Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County government and other community partners earlier this month to celebrate the success of the 2017 Summer Youth Internship Program
The collaboration provided real-world experience to more than 1,700 students this past summer.
Children's Trust CEO Delivers Keynote at Chamber Breakfast 
James R. Haj addressing local business leaders.
The Children's Trust President/CEO James R. Haj spoke to local business leaders at a recent Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Biltmore Hotel

Always well-attended, the event engaged the business community on issues related to improving the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Board Activism on Capitol Hill
Pam Hollingsworth on Capitol Hill.
Pam Hollingsworth, board member of The Children's Trust and a senior vice president of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, testified on Capitol Hill on November 14 regarding the impact of Hurricane Irma on child care programs. The lower Florida Keys were hardest hit by the category four storm on September 10 and are still in recovery. 
Trust Family Expo Educates & Entertains
Enjoying a pulse-quickening performance at the Family Expo.
Postponed by Hurricane Irma, the Family Expo returned to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center on October 21 as strong as ever! Ten thousand children and their family members came to learn about programs and services within 128,000 square feet of space showcasing education, health and social services, while enjoying live performances, demonstrations, storybook characters, all-day giveaways and more.
Introducing Classical Music
Through Halloween
A costumed conductor and orchestra take a bow.
Record crowds showed up to The Children's Trust-sponsored Spooky Symphony at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Held by Alhambra Orchestra and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, the Halloween-themed concert is as an opportunity to introduce classical music and orchestral instruments to children of all ages. The free event is an annual family favorite. 
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