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Miami Dade Budget Cuts Leave Needy Families to Fend for Themselves
Date:8/25/2009

behavior has improved tremendously since he first entered the program," said Yolanda Castillo, Mother of 17 year old Jonathan who is a recent graduate of the Family Empowerment Program, "he is less aggressive and is doing better in school; it would be a grave mistake to cancel the funding for this program."

Gilda Garcia, mother of 13 year old Geovanni, talks about the positive effects of the SNAP Program has on children with similar problems saying, "My Son came to the program because he was being bullied at school, now his self-esteem is improved to the point that he serves as a mentor to the other kids."

We encourage members of the community to call their commissioners and ask them to restore funding to community-based organizations. Negative impacts from the proposed cuts are already occurring as programs begin to close enrollment for new clients.

The Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH) is a private, not-for-profit organization that has been providing health, behavioral health, educational, and prevention services to the children, adolescents, and families of Miami-Dade County for over 60 years. It is one of the oldest and largest community health centers exclusively dedicated to the well being of children and families in the state of Florida. ICFH serves over 25,000 children, adolescents, and families per year. For more information about ICFH, please visit the organizational Web site at www.icfhinc.org.

    Contact:  Alina Plasencia
    Director of Marketing
    Institute for Child & Family Health
    aplasencia@icfhinc.org or
    T: 305-722-5322
    F: 305-688-3889
    www.icfhinc.org


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