Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe awarded $3M in Miami-Dade IMPACT Project Regional Partnership grant to increase the well-being of, and improve the permanency outcomes for children affected by substance abuse
Grant Partners: The Florida Department of Children and Families Southern Region, Family Central Inc., Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter, Inc., South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the University of South Florida, two departments of the University of Miami, and Miami-Dade Community Based Care Alliance.
Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe awarded $1.2M in Miami CARES Project grants to address trafficking within the child welfare population
Grant Partners: The Florida Department of Children and Families; Citrus Health Network; the University of South Florida; the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida; Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services; Miami Coalition for the Homeless; the Florida Department of Children and Families Children’s Justice Act grant; the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney; Shared Hope International; the Alliance for GLBTQ Youth; and the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County
Our Kids is proud to announce that our Young Parents Project was awarded a $40,000 grant from the Peacock Foundation.
The Young Parents Project is a partnership between the FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy, The Children’s Trust, Our Kids and Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. “This partnership has brought together some of the most highly respected and experienced individuals when it comes to troubled youth as well as children and families,” said YPP Program Director, Barbara White. “Together we have given young parents and their babies support and education that is critical to their survival and success in the future.” In just one year, the program has increased the number of teen moms who regained full custody of their infants by more than 50 percent. It has also reduced the number of low birth weight babies, improved health care and developmental screening and most importantly, prevented the subsequent births that are often the hallmark of teen parents.
Miami Foundation awards Our Kids a $20,000 grant in support of Emmaus Place.
The Miami Foundation has awarded Our Kids of Miami-Dade Monroe $20,000 in support of Emmaus Place, a transitional housing project for young men aging out of foster care. Emmaus Place is a unique partnership bringing the skills of three agencies together. Our Kids provides funding and the linkage to youth who are potential residents. Casa Valentina brings their expertise in case management for this population. Camillus House, a community leader in housing marginalized populations, provides beautifully furnished apartments at affordable rents.
The Department of Health & Human Services announces a $500,000 grant for Our Kids
The Department of Health & Human Services announces that Our Kids of Miami-Dade was awarded a $500,000 grant over two years to fund infrastructure-building efforts that enhance partnerships between the child welfare system, the Miami-Dade school system and other critical stakeholders.
The Health Foundation of South Florida $65,000 grant will measure Electronic Medical Passport’s successes and outcomes
December 19, 2011: Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe Inc. (Our Kids) has developed a new program that revolutionizes access to information about hundreds of children in the child welfare system. The new system will provide immediate access to critical medical, educational and abuse history to a foster child’s caregivers and health care providers. The success of the program will be measured through a $65,000 grant provided by Health Foundation of South Florida to be used to evaluate the program and measure how having an “electronic medical passport” can improve health outcomes. Our Kids has invested over several years in the program including in-kind donations from community partners.
The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation award $10,000 grant to Our Kids.
The Ethel & W. George Kennedy Family Foundation has made a $10,000 grant to Our Kids of Miami-Dade & Monroe to support the Young Parents Project serving our teen moms and their children. The focus of the project is to support maternal and child health and safety including child development and positive parenting behaviors, and to enhance mom-baby attachment relationships.
Our Kids Receives $30,000 Grant From AT&T Foundation.
Miami Foundation Awards Our Kids $20,000 for the IL Collaborative.
Miami Foundation awarded Our Kids $20,000 to support the development of a community-based collaborative which will bring together private citizens, subject matter experts and business and faith-based community representatives to work with the child welfare community (foster youth, foster parents and staff). The members of the Collaborative will jointly develop and implement interesting educational experiences, meaningful relationships and hands-on learning opportunities so that our 11-17 year olds can develop abilities they need to achieve milestones that lead to even greater success as young adults. The development of the IL Collaborative has two distinct goals one is making available recreational and life-enriching instructions to our youth. The other is the bringing together of private citizens, subject matter experts and business and faith-based community to not only provide programming but to become a “collaborative partnership” designing strategies to strengthen life skills and leisure programming for foster youth. In building the IL Collaborative, we will incorporate the principles of a “collaborative partnership” including: recognizing opportunities for change; mobilizing people and resources to create changes; developing a vision of long-term change; seeking support and involvement from diverse and non-traditional partners; choosing an effective group structure; building trust among collaborators; and developing learning opportunities for partners.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy awarded Our Kids $72,500 to design and evaluate the implementation process for the Pregnancy Bench Card.
Our Kids is developing an implementation strategy to engage judiciary, case management agencies and the broader child welfare community to work collaboratively integrating the Pregnancy Benchcard as a central component to enhance services promoting teen sexual health and reducing teen pregnancy. Our goal is the implementation and consistent use of the bench card as a pregnancy planning tool. We hope to demonstrate that education, training, collaborations, and multi-agency work efforts with the leadership of the court will stimulate innovation across systems. Research consultants will evaluate our process and develop reports to inform other communities on successful implementation strategies.
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Fran Allegra & Our Kids Thank You Letter.
The Department of Health and Human Services announced that Our Kids of Miami-Dade, Monroe Inc. (Our Kids).
was awarded a $500,000 grant over two years to fund infrastructure-building efforts that enhance partnerships between the child welfare system, the Miami-Dade school system and other critical stakeholders .More Info
Congresswoman Wilson's thank you letter.
Neat Stuff gives school uniforms to hundreds of Miami foster children.
MIAMI— The private agency that cares for Miami's foster children is giving out free uniforms to more than 700 adoptive and foster children. Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. is working with Neat Stuff, Inc. to offer $35,000 worth of shirts and pants for children. The partnership will help defray back to school costs for foster parents as children head back on Aug. 22.
The Miami Children's Dental Mobile Unit has helped Our Kids provide much needed dental care to uninsured and under-insured children in foster care. Each month, several children in foster care receive complete dental exams, cleanings, fillings and sealants by certified and licensed dentists and dental hygienists. Dr. Ashka Soni is a pediatric dentist and sees patients ranging from 0-11 years of age and Dr. Perla Ivanier-Temkin is a general dentist and serves patients ranging from 12-21 years of age. For more information regarding dental mobile unit dates and registration, please contact Gabriela at Our Kids (305) 455-6285.
Clarin Eye Care optometrists are experienced in treating and managing various eye conditions and have the skill and experience necessary to ensure that patients are comfortable and confident with their vision. The doctors and staff play an essential part in helping Our Kids ensure children in foster care are receiving quality eye care by licensed, caring professionals. Clarin Eye Care provides comprehensive eye exams and prescription eye glasses to uninsured and underinsured youth in foster care. Their generosity and dedication to the community has improved the quality of life for these very special children. To schedule an appointment for a child receiving out-of-home care, please contact Gabriela at Our Kids at 305-455-6285.
The doctors and staff at Brilliant, Rothenberg & Meister are dedicated exclusively to providing orthodontic care for children, adolescence and adults. They provide the highest quality of care in a relaxed, friendly and professional environment and have been long-time supporters of Our Kids. Dr. Brilliant and her staff have provided free orthodontic services to young adults and teens aging out of foster care. Not only did they give these young adults a beautiful new smile, but they also helped boost their self-esteem as they start their journeys into adulthood. For more information, please contact Gabriela at Our Kids at (305) 455-6285.
Jorge E. Vazquez, DMD PADr. Vazquez specializes in dental and cosmetic dentistry and has his private practice in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida. He has always believed in giving back to the community and was more than willing to help Our Kids ensure that foster youth are receiving the quality dental care they need and deserve. Dr. Vazquez has been a long-time Medicaid provider and also offers pro-bono and discounted dental services through Our Kids to several children in foster care. The attentive and courteous staff helps make the transition into foster care a little easier for children and teens entering the system as well as the case workers and caregivers who support them. For more information, please contact Gabriela at Our Kids at (305) 455-6285.
Dr. Karl Ellins, DMD