Volunteers are always needed for special events and fundraisers, and we are always looking for vital candidates to join our Board of Directors. If you would like to participate, write a note to our organization – or – speak with one our Board Members today!
Let your legislators know that funding for children’s programs and organizations assisting this population is CRITICAL to ensure the safety of abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
Make a donation to Child Guardians for use in the Brandon Fund- 100% of the funds are distributed to abused, neglected, or abandoned children.
Ask your company, church, or civic organization to hold a fundraiser for Child Guardians to directly support children or youth who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned . Contact a Board Member to ask more questions or schedule a fundraiser.
By registering and choosing Child Guardians as your charity at iGive.com, you can shop at any of the thousands of stores that donate a percentage of your sale to Child Guardians, Inc.
In late 2005, Child Guardian’s, Inc. received a donation that was specifically earmarked for “directly helping the children”. In 2006, the Board of Directors created a special fund for these monies, and any future monies, that were collected or donated with the intention of going directly to help the abused and neglected children and youth served in the program. This fund is called the Brandon Fund, named in honor of our first donor.
In our ongoing efforts to enhance the experience of the volunteers and professional staff while making it possible for them to directly affect the lives of the children they serve, the Child Guardians Board of Directors makes the Brandon funds available where designated personnel can request monetary assistance to help address their children’s “special circumstance” needs.
Brandon funds are used to meet critical needs and provide a safety net for children and youth. Funds are dedicated to four areas as follows:
Examples of how the funds are used include the following: school clothing, graduation costs, remodeling of a home to bring a room up to adoption standards, summer camps, band and dance lessons, a tuxedo rental for a young man to attend his prom, necessities to help a family start a new home with a child, a clarinet to play in the school band, gas money so a youth could visit her mother in another county, football uniforms, and a summer family pool pass. Any need specific to a child/youth receiving services from one of our partner agencies.
TO DONATE TO THE BRANDON FUND:
BY CHECK: Mail checks made payable to:
Child Guardians, Inc.
P.O. Box 9526
Pensacola, FL 32513
BY CREDIT CARD via PayPal (No PayPal account required.)
We only have limited funds available and the requests require a simple application by a volunteer or professional working with the child. The applications are available through the Child Guardians organization. Once the application is completed, it is reviewed by the Brandon Fund Committee (a sub-committee of Child Guardians) to determine if there are other funding sources available which might meet the special needs of the child. If no other resources are available, the requests may be approved by the Brandon Fund Committee (for small amounts) or they may be submitted to the Executive Board of Child Guardians, Inc. for approval. Requests may take up to two weeks for approval. NOTE: Funding limitations may apply.
Thanks to all volunteers and professionals for their efforts to help meet the needs of abused, abandoned and neglected children in our community!
A copy of the official non-profit registration and financial information for Child Guardians, Inc. may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7353 within the United States. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Registration #CH2530.
The following information is specific to the State of Florida. If you reside in another state, you can utilize a search engine to find specific information related to your State Statutes. For example, search, “Child abuse and neglect laws in Georgia”.
Any allegations a child was abused or neglected by a caregiver will be … transferred to the appropriate local law enforcement agency where the child lives.
Online Sunshine Logo. Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature … 827.03 Abuse, aggravated abuse, and neglect of a child; penalties.—. (1) DEFINITIONS.
Official Internet Site of the Florida Legislature … 39.201 Mandatory reports of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; mandatory reports of death; central abuse …
(b) “Child abuse” means abandonment, abuse, harm, mental injury, neglect, … childor, in the absence of a parent or legal custodian, the caregiver, while being
The name of any person reporting child abuse, neglect or abandonment, … protective services, the Florida Abuse Hotline, law enforcement, the Child Protection.
Provides State laws that define the conduct, acts, and omissions that constitute child abuse or neglect that must be reported to child protective agencies.
Recognizing the Abused or Neglected Child . … ……………………………………7. C. Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect . … A. Florida Law on Reporting Child Abuse .
the first line of defense against child abuse and neglect. Suspicion on the part of a teacher, school nurse, childcare provider, physician or law enforcement officer
Florida Department of Children and Families – All Programs
Adoption and Foster Care
Topics: Child Exploitation, Long Term Effects/Consequences, Connections between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Prevention, and Legal Guardianship
Child Guardians, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, 501(C)(3)
Child Guardian Mission Statement
Adopted April 13, 2012
The mission of Child Guardians, Inc. is to help abused, neglected, or abandoned children through its direct funding of children’s needs, and through support of organizations serving these children in the Florida counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton.
We pursue our mission by developing and managing our resources, enabling us to: directly fund educational, social, physical, medical, and/or clothing needs of these children; promote community awareness of these children’s needs; and assist with the recruitment, retention and support of volunteers serving these children.
Available anytime – from anywhere! For on-line training resources, please click on the link below.
Statistics related to the population of the four counties served, types of maltreatment, and ages of children who are victims of maltreatment.
Prevention of Child Abuse
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Please mark your calendars now and plan to participate in this Premier Charity Golf Event in Pensacola, Florida
The Panhandle Charitable Open (PCO) is dedicated to serving the needs of our community with emphasis on elderly care, special needs situations for children and feeding the hungry. The PCO focuses its funding on committed, grass roots organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts and where foundation support will make a significant difference. All of the net proceeds from our efforts go directly to local charity.
The success in recent years of the PCO ePanhandle Charitable Opennabled our board to donate over $400,000 to charities such as Child Guardians, Inc., Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Council on Aging of West Florida, ARC Gateway, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Independence for the Blind, American Cancer Society, and Covenant Hospice. The primary charities for 2014 are Child Guardians, Inc., Council on Aging of West Florida, and Gulf Coast Kid’s House. Increasing the number of charities which participate highlights a goal of the PCO to continue to expand the impact and reach of our golf tournament. The PCO has continued to grow in popularity and success each year.
Check out http://naehcy.org/educational-resources/higher-ed for tip sheets, podcasts, and more. NAEHCY also offers a toll-free helpline to assist young people, and professionals seeking to help young people, in accessing higher education. The helpline information is (855) 446-2673 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you again!
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On a regular basis, children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles.
Understanding Why Some Children are Neglected
If you see neglect or abuse call the Florida Abuse Hotline at 800-962-2873, if you see a child in immediate danger call 911.
Neglect is rarely a willful act. Most parents want to be good parents, but have trouble dealing with the STRESS caused by:
1. Emotional Problems. Parents who neglect their children generally have a very poor self-image. Often they were denied love and praise during their own childhoods. Lack of support from relatives, friends and the community combined with possible marital problems may leave parents feeling lonely, isolated, trapped and depressed.
2. Financial Difficulties. Without enough money, daily life can be very stressful. Many parents must struggle just to provide food and clothing for their children. Poor housing conditions, which parents feel powerless to improve, make matters worse. Tensions can continue to build unless parents get the help they need.
3. Limited Parenting Skills. Some neglectful parents are insecure. They know very little about raising children and have no one to turn to for help. Their only role models are their own parents – who may have neglected them. Following their parents’ example means that the vicious cycle of neglect continues.
4. Drug/Alcohol Abuse. Using alcohol or other drugs as an escape only creates more problems. The effects of alcohol or other drugs limit a parent’s ability to properly care for children.
The Knights of Columbus Council 7027 present a check for $7,500 to Child Guardians, Inc.!! The Board says, “Thank you for including us as a recipient of funds from the Smokin’ in the Square BBQ Contest!” 100% of the funds are dedicated to meeting the needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month is set aside to recognize the ways we can work together — as families, communities and a nation — to reduce the number of children abused by their caregivers. Social service workers across the country try to keep families together while ensuring the child’s safety. Research documents that removing a child from their home is often more traumatic to a child than remaining in home where they are a victim of maltreatment. Social services and law enforcement agencies around the country have the difficult task of protecting those who cannot protect themselves – with as little disruption as possible for the child.
Many people do not know that child abuse laws were first brought about as a result of laws against the cruelty to animals. It took until 1974 for the first federal child protection legislation to be passed. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) has been in effect through our states and tribes since. Child Abuse Prevention Month was first proclaimed for April in 1983 and since has become a national way to bring to light the challenges and solutions to preventing child abuse and neglect.
Join us today in reducing child abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and when we can’t – try to bring a little normalcy to children removed from their homes…”one child at a time.”
When: Wednesday April 9, 2014
Time : 4:30 pm
Where: Pavilion at South Riverwalk
Milton, FL 32570
“ I am for the child ”