The 10th Annual Claws for Kids brings it home for children and youth in foster care
Building on more than a quarter century of leadership, FFCR hosted its 10th Annual Claws for Kids Luncheon at Joe's Stone Crab on November 2, 2015. Attended by 325 guests, this signature event netted $87,000 to support FFCR's programming to improve the lives of abused and neglected children. Not only did we raise 26% more than last year, attendance was at an all-time high. We were joined by many special guests including the Honorable Bertila Soto, Chief Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit, our valued dependency court judges, Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Alina Hudak, Laurie Flink of the Office of Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce President Mark Trowbridge and many more. 

We are grateful to our generous Platinum Claw Sponsors: Peggy & Doug Hudson and our Gold Claw Sponsors: The Huntington Consulting Group, Stephanie & Michael Rosen/Kaisa & Doug Levine, Bilzin Sumberg, Bank of America, Goldman Properties, Sapoznik Insurance and Baker & McKenzie LLP. We also greatly appreciate our many Silver Claw Sponsors and those who donated fabulous raffle prizes. Thank you to all who made Claws for Kids yet again a great success. Together, we're making a difference for children in our community! CLICK HERE to see all the event photos
Supporters #Gift2Uplift by participating in the #MyHeroTaughtMe campaign at the
Give Miami Day Community Block Party.

A day of giving, a day of inspiration
Give Miami Day 2015 kicked off the holiday season with incredible generosity, raising $7.1 million for charitable causes in South Florida - almost $2 million more than last year. Thanks to generous supporters like you, we cleared our $10,000 goal with room to spare. Our donors' gifts will be maximized with a bonus from The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation and other Give Miami Day partners. These crucial unrestricted funds make it possible for us to better serve abused and neglected children going forward. Give Miami Day also helped us gain new allies in our mission to ensure the safety and well-being of children in foster care. We thank all our donors and The Miami Foundation for this important opportunity!
FFCR celebrates National Adoption Day
Zackary Gibson - Director & Chief Child Advocate, Office of Adoption and Child Protection - with Candice Maze

At FFCR, one of our favorite days of the year is National Adoption Day. Celebrated across the country on Friday, November 20th, in Miami, the event took place at the Miami Children's Museum. With loads of fun activities to keep the children entertained, eager adoptive parents waited for a text message calling them to the "courtrooms" embedded in the exhibit spaces. Judges and families alike were all smiles as 60 adoptions were finalized - and 60 more children now have a forever family.

The event was also attended by local and statewide leaders from the Department of Children and Families, OurKids, child welfare agencies and community partners. FFCR team members, Candice Maze, Marissa Leichter and Vanessa Mu´┐Żoz and volunteer/FFCR Board Member Lynne Kafka, participated in this happy day, and FFCR hosted a table with information about our programs and a Thanksgiving-themed activity for the children.
It's not too late to participate in FFCR's #MyHeroTaughtMe social media campaign! Simply post what your hero taught you to Twitter or Instagram using the #MyHeroTaughtMe hashtag, and we'll send your message via a beautiful graphic. Be part of the conversation about how one caring, supportive adult can make all the difference in a child's life!
News and Resources

Foster Youth Weekly, FFCR's Online Newspaper
Like being in the know? FFCR recently launched Foster Youth Weekly, an online paper focusing on resources useful to and supportive of youth in foster care and young adults recently in care. Check it out for employment information and more! To receive it in your inbox, be sure to subscribe!
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About Florida Foster Care Review 
Established in 1989 by a United Way committee, Florida Foster Care Review promotes the safety, well-being and long-term success of abused and neglected children in our community. Through special recruitment and training, volunteers review cases of youth in foster care to ensure they are safe and receiving needed services, intensively promoting positive outcomes. Together with child welfare professionals, Florida Foster Care Review also works to ensure that children and youth leaving the foster care system have someone they can call family. Through all its programs, Florida Foster Care Review tracks and analyzes outcomes in order to advocate for system changes that improve children's lives.