william-lyons_web.jpgChildNet recently hosted its inaugural Appreciation Breakfast to honor providers, partners, supporters, donors and volunteers for their dedication, love and support of children in foster care in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The event gathered more than 175 child advocates dedicated to protecting abused, abandoned and neglected children. “What we do every day is from the heart,” said Emilio Benitez, president and CEO of ChildNet. “We have a tremendous community of dedicated folks, partners and staff, and we wanted to hold an event to let everyone know how much they’re appreciated. Each and every one of you has a different story that makes you the passionate and compassionate individuals that you are and helps us to change the lives of children who don’t have a voice of their own.”

During the event, providing agencies and supporters were recognized for going ‘Above & Beyond’ in helping to care for children in foster care in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Among organizations that received this award were 4KIDS of South Florida; Best Foot Forward Foundation; Broward Sheriff’s Office, Child Protective Investigations; City of Plantation, Planning and Zoning Department; Florida Department of Children & Families, Child Protective Investigations; Henderson Behavioral Health; KID Inc.; and Place of Hope.

Awards also were presented to individuals who continue to demonstrate ‘Compassion in Action.’ ChildNet Board Chair Joe Rogers received the award for his dedication as a four-year board member, long-time foster parent, an adoptive parent to a sibling group of three, and a birthfather to four.

“Community-based care is a partnership; it is communities recognizing their uniqueness and most importantly the needs of the children and families in their communities,” said Larry Rein, executive  director of ChildNet in Palm Beach County. “We understand how much we need to do this together.”

For information about becoming a foster parent or getting involved with ChildNet, call 954-414-6000 or 561-352-2500.

Picture above: William Lyons