Vice Mayor Gregg Weiss presented Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County a Proclamation declaring April 2022 as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County is a special-purpose government created by voters. The Council provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they are: born healthy, growing up safe, ready to learn when they enter school and able to access quality afterschool and summer programs.
To ensure all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe and strong, the Council starts early – providing children and their families with services that help pregnant women stay healthy, strengthen family bonds and prepare young children for school. The Council also supports programs for families of school-age children and teens, with safety, literacy and parenting initiatives.
By giving children the fundamental tools they need early in life, we help lower the long-term costs of health care, child welfare and criminal justice. That saves us all money and makes our community stronger.
The 10 BRIDGES programs are funded by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.
The mission for Children's Home Society of Florida is Building bridges to success for children. Their vision is a world where children realize their full potential. They believe in the potential of every child and family. They believe children and families are stronger than the odds stacked against them – and, together, we can create opportunities that bring brighter futures.
Children's Home Society of Florida operates three BRIDGES locations:
- BRIDGES at Lake Park
- BRIDGES at Northwood
- BRIDGES at West Palm Beach
The mission for Community Partners of South Florida is to partner with communities to change the odds for children and families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. Their vision includes a commitment to achieving these four sustainable outcomes:
(1) Children living in environments with significant risks are engaged and ready to learn. (2) Children and families living in environments with significant risks demonstrate improved social and emotional well-being and stability. (3) Low-income families build and sustain financial assets and/or housing of choice. (4) Targeted neighborhoods show improvement on the other three outcomes.
Community Partners of South Florida operates five BRIDGES locations:
- BRIDGES at Belle Glade
- BRIDGES at Highland
- BRIDGES at Lake Worth
- BRIDGES at Pahokee
- BRIDGES at Riviera Beach
The mission of Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group is to promote family unity, community safety and beautification, and provide wellness, cultural and educational programs for residents of Lake Worth West.
Lake Worth West Community Center offers programs, activities and resources for children, teens, and adults living in our community in Palm Beach County.
They provide educational, recreational, wellness and cultural services for entire families, as well as referrals to health and human service agencies. The youth in their community depend on their center for homework assistance, after-school programs, special events and other services. For the adults, they offer numerous classes and clubs meant to enhance parenting skills and encourage family activities.
Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group operates one BRIDGES location:
- BRIDGES at Lake Worth West
The mission for Pathways to Prosperity is dedicated to strengthening the community by improving the social, mental, spiritual, economic and emotional well-being of children and families through education and social services. Their vision is to Lead a collaborative effort involving organizations, agencies, business and government to ensure that children and families reach their full potential.
Pathways to Prosperity operates one BRIDGES location:
- BRIDGES at Boynton Beach
OTHER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)
Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Inc.
Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County
Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County
Healthy Beginnings Nurses
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Library System
Palm Beach County School District
Palm Beach County Youth Services
Others include: Local Law Enforcement, Local Hospitals, Faith-Based Organizations, Health Care and Wellness Providers and Child Care Providers.