Florida’s Children First’s 17th Annual Broward Reception
FLORIDA’S CHILDREN FIRST, the statewide advocacy organization focused on protecting the legal rights of at-risk and foster care children, recognized child advocates and former foster youth in Broward County at FCF’s 17th Annual Broward Child Advocacy Reception, held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in February. More than 250 individuals, including child advocates, elected officials, judges, community and business leaders were in attendance. FCF Executive Director Christina Spudeas along with FCF President Howard Talenfeld led the event with Joe Johnson, host of Morning Edition on 91.3 WLRN and the nationally syndicated radio show “Beatle Brunch,” serving as the evening’s emcee. “This year, we decided to break from our traditional awards structure to bring a special focus to the youth who are making such a significant impact and guiding the conversation on the future of foster care in our state. The legislation that they have fought for impacts the lives of tens of thousands of children every year,” said Spudeas. “This year they motivated Sen. Lauren Book to sponsor legislation creating a bill of rights for Florida’s foster children.” The evening was also a celebration of the life and legacy of Skip Campbell, who was a former FCF board member, and “a true champion for children’s rights and our work,” said Talenfeld. Former senator and current Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich also spoke of his impact and leadership during his 10 year tenure in the Florida Senate. Campbell also served on The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors. From the left are Talenfeld, Judge Stacy Ross, Judge Alberto Ribas, Jr., and Judge Jennifer Wigand Hilal.