When a need in the community emerges, Children’s Services Council may opt to fund special projects and initiatives to ensure more Palm Beach County children grow up healthy, safe and strong. Often, these initiatives are funded in partnership with other community stakeholders – to reduce duplication of services and increase efficiency.
Some projects and initiatives currently funded by Children’s Services Council include:
Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County: The Coalition provides vouchers to children for free swimming lessons, as well as water safety education and outreach services to all Palm Beach County residents.
Fetal and Infant Mortality Review: The community-based group, administered by the Health Council of Southeast Florida, reviews individual cases of fetal and infant death to understand causes, inform the community and help raise awareness to prevent future deaths.
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County: The Council funds two Legal Aid programs that help keep children out of the court system: The Relative Caregiver Project, which provides legal and social support to families caring for relative children, and the Juvenile and Foster Children’s Project, which advocates for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The Council also funds the Glades Family Education program, which provides early literacy programming and free books to families in the Glades.
Palm Beach County Food Bank: The Food Bank provides food to agencies from Boca Raton to Tequesta and west to Belle Glade and Pahokee. The Food Bank rescues, collects and distributes food to agencies that take on the daily responsibility of feeding the hungry.
Safe Kids Palm Beach County: Safe Kids offers a variety of child safety programming and public awareness events throughout the county to inform caregivers how to protect children from unintended injuries. Safety messages focus on four areas: in and around water, vehicles, home and community.
United Way Palm Beach County: Through United Way of Palm Beach County, the Council funds the Mentoring Initiative, which provides ongoing mentoring program oversight, support and technical assistance to in-county mentoring programs and administration of the Council’s mentoring funds. The Council also funds the Special Needs Initiative, which provides afterschool and respite services to local families, as well as money to purchase special needs equipment for children in need.
For a complete list of funded programs and initiatives, please click here.