Florida's Children First

With smiles and tears, adult adoption makes former foster child and caseworker a family

BRADENTON – Leah Paskalides was fairly new as an adoption caseworker for the Safe Children Coalition when she met Monyay – the 19-year-old woman she now calls daughter. “When I started in adoptions in 2015, she was one of my first cases and at first she did not like me,” Leah said, shortly after the roughly six-minute April 27 adoption hearing, held via Zoom with […]

A Special Gift for Our Virtual Wine Tasting Friends

  For your convenience, we’ve listed and linked the wines we tasted during the event below.                              


Chill out with fine wines shipped to you to support our work helping vulnerable youth in Florida’s foster care system and our youth advocacy organization, Florida Youth SHINE. Napa comes to you as we deliver wine to your door, then take you on a curated private tasting of premium (90+ rated) wines. Learn what it […]


Please join us as we recognize Miami-Dade’s truly remarkable advocates for children. Celebrate the accomplishments of passionate community leaders who support the mission of Florida’s Children First by making positive changes in the lives of abused, neglected and disadvantaged youth in or aging out of foster care. Download the flyer. Click the photo for more […]

POSTPONED: We have the Right NOT to Remain Silent…Why kids in care need to know their rights

Join us for our FREE TRAINING in your area! CLE Credits: 3.0 General Certification Credits: 3.0 Juvenile Law Having knowledge is power, and our youth deserve all the power and knowledge needed to be successful. Florida has great resources and laws to help foster youth. However, many of these youth are uninformed about their rights […]

Joshua Rydell, Esq.

Joshua Rydell is a career long criminal attorney and advocate that has also served on the Coconut Creek City Commission since 2015 and was Mayor for one year from 2018 to 2019, and currently serves as Vice Mayor. During his tenure on the Commission, Rydell has been a part of award-winning budgets, community-policing efforts, smart […]


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