Speak Up for Kids
As a public-to-private partnership, Speak Up for Kids provides vital support to the Guardian ad Litem Program and its volunteer child advocates, enabling them to represent more children. Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County, Inc. is a registered Florida 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 2008 to secure additional financial support to help fund programs and direct services for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program of the 15th Judicial District.
Learn more and donate at Speak Up for Kids.
Community Partner, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart, & Shipley, plants a "Pinwheels for Prevention" garden to raise awareness of the needs of our kids.
Dial 211 or go to the Palm Beach County 211 website for help of all kinds, including your questions about available services for children and adults, crisis intervention and financial issues.
The following listings are presented as a convenience and are not directly affiliated with the GAL Program. If your organization would like to be included in the listing, please email us at GALRecruitment15@gal.fl.gov.
Please report any suspected abuse or neglect of children or the elderly to:
Abuse-Recognizing Child Abuse & Child Abuse Prevention
One-Child International, www.abusewatch.net or www.onechildinternational.net, (561) 654 8245, email@example.com, an informed parent - and community - equals a protected child.
Mobile Crisis Team (561)383-5777 or Glades (561)992-8707 Jerome Golden Center, 1041 45th St, WPB, FL 33407, (561) 383-8000. Will send trained crisis intervention specialist immediately. Professional staff available 24/7. Assesses, diffuses, refers, follows up.
Henderson Behavioral Health offers therapy and family counseling. In office or home based. (561) 649-6500, www.hendersonbehavioralhealth.org.
Conscious Discipline Boot Camp at Atkins, 1133 w. 10th St. Riviera Bch, 33414 (561)848-6753.
Visit the Department of Children & Families website for a listing of licensed care facilities. http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care.
Kids Kloset, Trinity United Methodist Church, 9625 N. Military Trail, WPB FL 33410 (561)622-5278. Provides clothes for kids.
Friends of Foster Children, 4100 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, (561)352-2540, http://www.friendsoffosterchildren.com offers emergency supplies for children involved in dependency. Provides support programs for all foster and adoptive parents as well as managing relative caregiver funds.
Florida Resource Center for Women and Children, PO Box 10596, Riviera Bch, FL 33419, (561)848-8383, http://www.frcwc.org offers emergency shelter, employment assist, anger management workshops, speakers bureau, GED prep, support groups.
Chrysalis Center for Mental Health, substance abuse, sexual, child, Palm Beach County (561)752-0400 www.chrysalishealth.com.
BoysTown South Florida, 3111 S. Dixie Hwy. Suite 200, WPB, FL 33405 (561) 366-9400 www.boystown.org/south-florida. Therapy, in-home coordination, mentors, psychiatric evaluation, respite care, medication monitoring.
AVDA - Aid for Victims of Domestic Abuse hotline 1-800-355-8547, PO Box 6161, Delray Beach, FL 33482 www.avdaonline.org emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, legal advocate.
One-Child International, www.onechildinternational.net, (561) 654 8245, firstname.lastname@example.org, specializes in child abuse and domestic violence prevention, and child protection systems (State run and voluntary).
12 step program for gay, lesbian. Lambda North Clubhouse, 18 S. J St., Lake Worth, FL 33460 www.lambdanorth.net
Mandel Public Library of WPB, 411 Clematis St, WPB, FL 33401, www.mycitylibrary.org classes on public speaking, conversation for non-native speakers, writing workshops, 561/868-7700.
Bridges, 811 9th Street (561)804-6754 or (561)740-7017 provides workshops, help finding resources, library, etc.
Palm Beach State College Early Childcare education www.PalmBeachState.edu.
Triple P - Positive Parenting Program (561) 740-7000 ext 2225.
Education - Guatemala
Preschool, afterschool, in-home supervision - The Guatemalan Maya Center, 430 North G Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 547-0085.
Education - Special Needs (ESE, 504, IEP)
Parent services regarding students with special needs https://www.palmbeachschools.org/ese/ or (561)434-8393.
Florida Homeless Education (561)494-1569 offers liaison to bridge between home and school http://www.fldoe.org/policy/federal-edu-programs/title-x-homeless-edu-program-hep.stml.
Education - Special Education Evaluations
Evaluates for special educational needs age birth to 5 years such as hearing, vision, learning, walking, etc. https://www.palmbeachschools.org/ese/prekese/ or (561) 434-8971.
Pathways to Prosperity in Boynton Beach, (561)736-1111 or www.p2ppbc.org Camp, GED, ESOL, tutoring, parent education, etc.
Materials for educators and students. www.resourcedepot.net or (561)882-0090.
Florida Atlantic University Early Childcare Education www.coe.fau.edu (561)297-6594.
Literacy Coalition www.literacypbc.org (800)273-1030 provides adults with help reading, GED, and English.
Eviction - Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project for those facing eviction. Legal Aid of Palm Beach County is prepared to help individuals and families who are facing eviction and homelessness due to COVID-19. Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project (RREAP) will provide free legal services and rental assistance to eligible tenants in Palm Beach County including:
· Pre-suit mediation between landlords and tenants.
· Legal advice regarding the eviction process.
· Referrals for rental assistance.
· Preparation of responses to an eviction lawsuit.
· Assistance in negotiating repayment plans.
· Court representation.
Visit https://legalaidpbc.org/ to learn more.
The Department of Children & Families has several programs that can help Florida families. These include ACCESS Florida, Adult Services, Developmental Disabilities and Child Care. http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs.
Food stamps are managed through ACCESS Florida by the Department of Children & Families: http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash.
Monthly workshops throughout county to learn and meet others raising grandkids. www.grandsprogram.com.
Friends of Foster Children, 4100 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, (561)352-2540, https://www.friendsoffosterchildren.com. Offers emergency supplies for children involved in dependency. Provides support programs for all foster and adoptive parents as well as managing relative caregiver funds.
Children's Healing Institute http://www.childrenshealinginstitute.org. A community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children reach their full potential by preventing child abuse, promoting children’s health and strengthening families. Offers grief counseling.
www.AChildinGrief.com New York Life Foundation website list of State support services; book lists, articles, materials to order, links to organizations .
www.Centering.org books for children and adults.
Health Choice Network of Florida linking people to services www.HCNetwork.org.
Palm Beach County Medical Society Project Reach Out to find programs you’re eligible for (561)433-3940.
There are community resources which may be helpful. Each is designed to help people stabilize their living situation. The first place to contact is the Lewis Center. They do all the assessments and then refer out. Also, dialing 2-1-1 will get you in touch with resources in the area including food pantries.The Lewis Center (on 45th Ave.):
https://www.homelesscoalitionpbc.org/p/11/the-senator-philip-d-lewis-center#.WEYl33eZOvM. The HOT Team will conduct assessments at the Lewis Center. You must request an assessment referral number by going to the Navigation Center at The Lord’s Place - Café Joshua, 2808 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach. The telephone number is (561)494-0125. You may also call the Lewis Center at (561) 904-7900. The Homeless Outreach Team will be traveling to various locations in Palm Beach County Monday through Friday, offering services and conducting on site assessments. The Senator Phillip D. Lewis Center 1000 45th Street, West Palm Beach FL 33407
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, www.legalaidpbc.org, 561-655-8944.
Provides 2 year mentor for kids age 16 ½ to 18 in foster care. Childrens Home Society, project 18 Mentoring, 3333 Forest Hill Blvd, WPB FL 33406 (561) 868-4453 www.chsfl.org.
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 East Ocean Ave., Boynton Bch, FL 33435, (561) 742-6780, email@example.com Exhibits and educational programs.
Public Service Announcements
Palm Beach County (561)712-6400.
Florida Poison Control Centers http://floridapoisoncontrol.org (800)222-1222.
Palm Beach County Victims Services Certified Rape Crisis Center, 24 hour hotline 561/833-7273 or 1-866-891-7273 Has licensed therapists for assessment and treat for child victims of crime http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/victimservices/Pages/default.aspx.
Center for Family Services, 4101 Parker Ave. WPB, FL 33405 (561)616-1222 www.ctrfam.org short term emergency housing, food, clothing, transportation, employment assist, early childhood education, counseling.
Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Riviera Beach.
Police Athletic League.
Camp Boggy Creek - Year-round camp for children with illness. Started by Paul Newman and located near Orlando. FL.
Palm Beach County Community Services offers utility assistance for those in need. Click here for the brochure.
Community/Crisis Hotline 211
Animal Care & Control 561-233-1200
American Red Cross 561-833-7711
Code Enforcement 561-233-5500
Consumer Affairs 561-712-6600
Consumer Assistance Hotline 800-227-8676
Contract Certification 561-233-5525
Engineering & Public Works 561-684-4000
Fire-Rescue (Non-Emergency) 561-712-6550
FPL Power Outages 561-697-8000
Health Department- 561-840-4500
Insurance Commissioner 877-693-5236
Palm Tran 561-841-4200
Parks and Recreation 561-966-6600
Price Gouging Hotline 866-966-7226
Public Affairs Department 561-355-2754
Roads, Drainage, Traffic 561-684-4018
Salvation Army 561-686-3530
Sheriff (PBSO) Non-Emergency 561-688-3000
Solid Waste Authority 561-640-4000
South Florida Water Management 561-686-8800
TDD (Hearing/Impaired) 561-712-6343
Traffic Signal Repair 561-683-6885
United Way 561-375-6600
Water Utilities- 561-493-6000 or 561-740-460
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The Value of the GAL Program.
Why Guardians ad Litem (GAL), also called Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), are so important in a child's life..
Many people ask how they can get involved. Hear about becoming a Guardian at Litem, and find how, with as little as five hours a month, you can make a lifelong impact on the life of a local foster child.
Guardian Ad Litem Southern Regional Director Kristen Solomon describes the GAL program to host Craig Stephens. The need for child advocates is greater than ever for children that are victims of abuse or neglect. The volunteers act as voices for kids that are moving through the court system.