OUR CHILDREN

NEED A VOICE

In the life of every child, there should be at least one adult that provides safety, stability and love. Unfortunately, over 1,200 children in Miami-Dade County don’t have someone to fill this role so they have been placed in foster care.

 

Voices For Children’s support enables the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program to safeguard the best interest of children in foster care in dependency court proceedings. This is the only program that provides this type of caring and objective voice in court. Guardians ad Litem make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. Voices’ financial support also helps fulfill the children’s medical, educational, and social needs.

MISSION

The mission of Voices For Children Foundation, Inc. is to raise funds to ensure that every abused, abandoned and neglected child in Miami-Dade County has a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem (GAL) and that financial assistance and other resources are available for their health, educational, and social needs.

VISION

Voices For Children is a leader among peer organizations concerned with the support and future success of abused, abandoned, or neglected children and youth.

OUR TEAM

BE A VOICE!

Kadie Black

President & CEO

KBlack@BeAVoice.org

Kadie Black

President & CEO

Tania Rodriguez

Chief Operating Officer

Tania started her journey in child welfare in 1996 when she became a Guardian ad Litem volunteer. She has worked for Voices For Children for 13 years and became Chief Operating Office in 2008. Tania earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. She was raised in Miami and returned to South Florida to work after college. In addition to Voices, she worked in the private sector in the public relations and corporate communications fields. Tania enjoyed travelling the world prior to settling down with her husband and two children.

“I believe there is no other volunteer experience available to our community that can deliver such an amazing and profound impact in the lives of children as the Guardian ad Litem Program”.

786.469.3861
TRodriguez@BeAVoice.org

Dorothy Marin

Children’s Needs Program Manager

Dorothy began her journey as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer and joined the Guardian ad Litem Program staff in 2003. She previously worked in ground and air logistics before transitioning into child welfare and joining Voices For Children in 2005. Dorothy was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Miami, Florida.

“There is no work that I would rather do than helping a child in need. We are an organization with a history of caring and giving. I truly enjoy working here and being a part of an amazing team.”

786.469.3862
DMarin@BeAVoice.org

Tracy Adirika

Development Manager

Tracy joined Voices For Children Foundation in 2018, after obtaining several years of experience in child welfare, data analysis, and peer mentorship. She is dedicated to changing the trajectory of life for every abandoned, abused, and neglected child in Miami Dade County.

“Children are the treasures of the world; they are our future. What you instill in a child will be used to build the foundation of their future. To be a part of an organization that instills love, compassion, and hope in children at their greatest time of need is truly self-fulfilling.”

Alyssa Ortiz

HR Manager

Alyssa joined Voices For Children Foundation in 2020. Previously, she volunteered at Dade Legal Aid where she became interested in child advocacy and helping Miami's foster youth involved in dependency and probate court proceedings. Alyssa earned her Bachelor's degree in Communications and Psychology from Florida State University and began her career in Atlanta and San Francisco before moving back to her beloved hometown of Miami. She is passionate about personal development and is deeply committed to the causes she believes in.
``Every child should have a nurturing family, a safe environment, and the opportunity to fulfill their full potential. I am truly honored to work with the best in class team in achieving this mission.``

Board of Directors Officers

Vince Castro

Chair

Vince Castro is Senior Vice President of Loud and Live, an Entertainment, Marketing & Media Company that performs in the intersection of music, sports, lifestyle and content development. Vince Castro has been a part of the Board of Directors since 2009.

“Voices is the only outlet for the children with legal and foster issues and we need to reach 100% representation! We need to raise more money and earn more grants to do more for the children that need us most.”

Vince Castro, Chair

Jay Shapiro

Immediate Past Chair

Jay B. Shapiro is a Shareholder in the Litigation Department at Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and sits on the firm’s Executive Committee. Jay became involved with Voices in 2007 because he was greatly moved by the importance of the organization’s work. Prior to joining Voices, Jay had little understanding of the magnitude of abused, abandoned and neglected children in this community. “Nor did I appreciate the critical importance of the GAL program,” says Jay, “But after spending a few hours in Judge Lederman’s courtroom – listening to an unending parade of heart-wrenching stories of children who have been abused or neglected in the most unimaginable ways — I could not help but be moved to action.” Led by his support, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. has been the Presenting Sponsor for the annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon since 2007.

John Broe

Treasurer

John is currently an independent finance and operations consultant working with a variety of clients. He previously held senior positions at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and at Burger King Corporation. John attended a number of Voices For Children events prior to visiting a court room to observe the Guardians in action. Seeing firsthand the importance of the Guardians’ role and the value they provide for the kids made him decide to get more involved. He joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

“The work the Guardians do for the children can have an incredible impact on their lives and in turn, on our community. Voices For Children helps to ensure each child has a voice, and I am proud to be part of such an impactful organization”

Angel Ferrer

Secretary

Angel Ferrer is a Managing Director and Senior Private Banker for Citi Private Bank based in Miami. He works closely with a team of experienced specialists to offer private banking, financial planning, trust and estate services, investment management, brokerage, and customized credit solutions serving ultra-high net worth families. Angel joined the Voices For Children’s Board of Directors recently. He became involved because he felt compelled to do something to help the children in the foster care system.

“Providing advocacy for children that otherwise do not have a voice in our community is Voices For Children’s greatest contribution.”

Rhonda Rose Drecksler

Officer

Rhonda is a licensed real estate broker and President of Rose Realty & Associates, Inc. for almost 20 years. Rhonda feels blessed by her community and considers “giving back” as her thank you. Children hold a special place in her heart so she chose to get involved with our organization, intermittently since its inception, and consistently as a Director since 2008. Rhonda has served as Guardian ad Litem volunteer because she knows how important it is to make sure the voice of a child is heard in court. Through her efforts, she hopes to improve foster children’s lives so they can one day be contributing members of our society.In 2010, Rhonda founded Voices For Children’s Empower A Student Program, a free tutoring program for abused and neglected children in Miami-Dade County.

Michael N. Rosenberg, D.D.S.

Officer

Dr. Rosenberg is a retired orthodontist who practiced in Miami for 37 years. After retiring in 2004, Dr. Rosenberg devoted his time to leadership roles in the non-profit sector. Dr. Rosenberg became involved with Voices For Children Foundation in 2001.

“Nothing upsets me more than child abuse, and I hope that in some way I can be part of the team that changes a child’s life forever.”

Blain L. Heckaman

Officer

Blain L. Heckaman is the managing principal of Kaufman, Rossin & Co. Blain has provided audit and consulting services to businesses for more than two decades. Blain is also a Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Indiana, as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Interested in working with an organization that focuses on children, Blain joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2002.

“With Voices For Children, kids at risk have a chance to raise their quality of life,” says Blain, “Over the years, the GAL Program has demonstrated that children need certain resources which the GAL Program can provide. Children need someone who is focused on them. Being in non-loving environments creates a place where children will do what they must to survive. Statistics have proven that those who have had guardians benefit significantly.”

Board of Directors

Javier F. Aviñó

Javier F. Aviñó is the Practice Group Leader of Bilzin Sumberg’s Land Development & Government Relations Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s International Group. He focuses his practice on land use, zoning, and environmental law, representing both domestic and international clients. Javier’s experience includes the representation of both private and public sector clients before various state, county, municipal governments and regulatory bodies throughout South Florida. Javier joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2018.

“Effective representation of children in the legal system has a major impact for both the children and for our community. Having deep roots here in South Florida, it is a privilege to be involved with Voices For Children in support of youth in need.”

David G. Barbeito, CPA

David G. Barbeito, CPA, is managing partner at De La Hoz, Perez & Barbeito, P.A. With more than 22 years of service in public accounting, David has extensive experience providing audit and tax services to privately owned companies in various industries including wholesale/distributors, real estate, healthcare, professional sports franchises and finance companies.

David holds a masters and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also active in several local charities including United Way of Miami-Dade, and Americans for Immigration Justice and L.I.V.E. (Lead, Innovate, Volunteer and Empower), a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2016. David joined Voices For Children Foundation’s Board in 2019 after feeling compelled to support children in need in his community.

“Children are the future of our community and Voices serves those children that are most vulnerable. I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside Nelson and the rest of the Voices team in making our community better today and in the future”.

Michael Block

Michael Block is the founder and CEO of Greenmonkey® and Director of Toy Plus. Michael became involved with Voices For Children in 2006 because he was impressed with our mission and the work we do to serve such an important need for such an important group of kids.

“I am extremely impressed by the dedicated members of the GAL Program. The importance of the work they do, providing a voice to those most in need of one, is invaluable.”

Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer is a real estate and construction industry veteran with more than 31 years experience managing various high-value and diversified project portfolios across the country. He founded the Miami office for Plaza Construction and eventually lead the company as its CEO. During his tenure as CEO, he was responsible for directing the day-to-day activities for the firm’s operations, including strategic development, forecasting, and client management across all of Plaza’s market regions. His portfolio of work encompasses a large range of project types, from new out-of-the-ground facilities to high-end interiors, and large scale renovations, such as One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ritz Carlton Residences Miami Beach, the entire Paraiso District in Edgewater among many others. His professional experience, coupled with an educational background that includes a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University gives him a unique perspective and extensive understanding of the industry. Brad joined the Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors in 2015. He also serves on numerous local and national boards such as Gulliver Board of Trustees, University of Miami School of Construction, Management Industry Advisory Board Chair, University of Miami MRED+U, and Tulane School of Architecture Advisory Board.

“Voices For Children provides children in the foster care system with support and care that they otherwise would not likely receive.”

Simone Boayue-Gumbs, ESQ.

Simone Z. Boayue-Gumbs is a shareholder at the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, with extensive experience representing lenders in various financing transactions, as well as airlines and lessors in connection with the financing, refinancing, and leasing of commercial transport aircraft and private jets. She was selected by Legacy Magazine as one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Leaders of Today & Tomorrow for 2013.” Simone has been a part of Voices For Children’s Board of Directors since 2012. She has always had an interest in children’s issues and empowering children. While in high school and college, Simone interned with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), whose mission, similar to Voices For Children’s, is to advance children’s rights, survival, development, and to ensure their protection.

Eddie Borrego

Eddie Borrego is the Associate Vice President of operations for Jackson South Community Hospital. He manages and leads the operation for the hospital. He previously served as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for the health system planning and implementing critical priorities and projects throughout the system. Eddie has extensive experience in management and leadership in healthcare operations, government relations, team management and strategic programming. He has been a lifelong public servant, having previously held posts with a US Senator and two Florida Governors. Eddie serves on numerous boards and is one of Voices For Children most recent Board members. He has brought diversity into the Board, by representing the public sector.

“Voices enables the community to provide a voice to the thousands of voiceless children in South Florida. The impact on a child’s life is immeasurable, Voices gives me and others an opportunity to advocate and impact a life.”

Juan Cordoba

Juan D. Cordoba, is Vice President of Commercial Lines for USI Insurance Services. He specializes in insurance products sales, risk management monitoring programs for clients and marketing and development. Mr. Cordoba joined Voices For Children in September of 2018.

“Voices for Children gives me the opportunity to give back to the community and also to grow personally by the interaction and learning from its amazing Directors.”

Bertha Cordoves-Pino

Bertha Cordoves-Pino’s background in social work and public health and her passion for philanthropy led her to join the Voices For Children Foundation Board of Directors in 2016. Bertha has experience working with children in need that are part of the foster care system. She worked with Children’s Home Society advocating for foster children who were born with HIV by attending to court hearings, hospital rounds and home visits. Educated as a Medical Technician with a Master’s in Public Health, Bertha also worked for The Florida Department of Health where she was able to understand the complexities of the overall health and well-being necessities of children in the foster care system. Bertha is exceedingly proud of her current role as a homemaker and manager of her family’s real estate properties.

“Voices For Children gives me the opportunity to make a direct impact on children’s lives. Voices For Children does make a difference”.

Roberto E. Gadala-Maria

Roberto Gadala-Maria is Senior Vice-President at EFG Capital International. He supervises institutional Brokerage Services for Central America, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Ecuador. In 2011, Roberto had the opportunity to go on a court tour and saw firsthand the impact of Voices For Children’s work on behalf of foster children.

“I saw the success stories and I saw the conviction of the Board of Directors (many of whom are actually Guardians as well). I saw a dedicated President and CEO that was emotionally attached to the cause, Staff members that care and that work harder than most people I know… I saw an organization that is dedicated and that I could trust. I imagined my own children going through what all of our kids have to endure; alone, confused, separated from everyone they trust. I decided that no child should face these issues alone, no child should be left in the hands of courts and foster care without a constant in their lives, without someone who ultimately only cares about the child’s wellbeing – so I decided to go all in and dedicate as much of my time as possible to Voices and to our children.”

Brian Y. Goldmeier

Brian Y. Goldmeier is founder and president of BYG Strategies, Inc., recognized as one of Florida’s most prominent and successful government advisory, campaign and issue fundraising, and business consulting firm. Over the past decade, he has helped lead fundraising and capital raises for the most important issues, elections and referenda in the community including County mayor and commission seats, various city and municipal seats, countywide referenda, campaigns for statewide legislative and gubernatorial offices, as well as serving as a principal advisor and strategist to many of South Florida’s most important government, educational and business leaders. His fundraising leadership and stewardship has personally resulted in over $50 million raised for various political and issues campaigns.

Recognized for his strategic vision, thought leadership, and results-driven orientation, Mr. Goldmeier is consistently sought out for his opinion leadership and high impact in business, government and civic life. In philanthropy and non-profit activity, he has been active in, and elected to, leadership roles in some of the most important organizations in Florida and regionally including Leadership Florida, the United Way, Voices For Children Foundation, the University of Miami Citizens Board, City Year, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Beacon Council of Miami-Dade, among others.

Mr. Goldmeier holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Hospitality Administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), from Endicott College, where he was the top seed on the college’s intercollegiate tennis team. He currently resides in Miami, Florida. Brian’s outside interests include professional sports, playing tennis, boating and fishing, and travel and dining with family, friends and business associates.

“I decided to join Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012 because I have a sincere belief that childhood experiences mold the foundation for the adult you become later in life”

Christopher Gonzalez Jacabo

Kira Grossman

Kira Grossman is an attorney with a background in family law, including Collaborative Law, commercial litigation, government affairs, and complex legislative initiatives. She currently serves as General Counsel at Sun Packing and is an attorney at Alvarez, Carbonell, Feltman & Da Silva, PL. Known for helping clients reach their goals, Kira is committed to resolving disputes and complex issues in an effective, diligent and professional manner. Prior to joining her current firm, Kira was a family law attorney for many years and later an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami and Policy Advisor for the Miami Parking Authority. She not only helps clients in court but has also successfully represented issues in front of the Florida Legislature and various City and County Commissions. Clients appreciate Kira for her wide range of legal and business experience and trust her creative methods of resolving challenges. As an attorney and former social worker, Kira realizes it is important to give back to the community. Kira joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012.

“Voices For Children is the best local program that provides services and gives back to the community.”

Alberto Jaen

Alberto Jaen has been a Creative Director of multinational companies for over fifteen years. He has received several Cannes Festival awards and has been a jury member at different international advertising festivals. He now serves as a Communications Consultant, and is the Founder and Creative Director of Plus305, as well as a Co-Founder of HULA App. Alberto Jaen joined Voices For Children’s Board in 2017.

“Voices For Children is not only an organization, it’s a way of understanding life. I’m in love with the cause because it makes things happen. They have shown me that we can make a real difference in the life of kids in need in Miami. Isn’t it nice to be inspired this way?”

Rodrigo Melendez

Officer

Rodrigo Melendez is Managing Partner at KPMG in the South Florida Business unit with over 13 years of experience in public accounting and has an extensive background with public and private multinational companies. He joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2007.

“Voices For Children benefits the community at large by letting foster kids know that they have someone looking out for them, so that they can have a chance to succeed and become outstanding citizens of our community.”

Board of Director

Abigail Price-Williams, ESQ.

Officer

Abigail Price-Williams is the First Assistant County Attorney responsible for the oversight and supervision of Assistant County Attorneys’ support staff and office operations. Abigail also provides legal counsel to County Commissioners, the Mayor’s Office and County Departments. She has also held the position of Acting County Attorney. Abigail joined the County Attorney’s Office in 1990 and joined the Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 1997. On numerous occasions, Abigail has served as Co-Chair of the Voices For Children Foundation’s annual Be A Voice Awards Luncheon.

Barry Minoff

Barry Minoff, was the Chairman of his family business, Kichler Lighting, based in Cleveland, Ohio for two decades. He has earned numerous business awards including Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Nasdaq, and USA Today. He received the American Lighting Association’s Pillar of the Industry Award and his family was inducted into the Case Western Reserve University Family Business Hall of Fame in 1995.

Besides being a successful businessman, Barry is also well known as a producer, actor, and philanthropist. Barry serves as a board member of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and is a member of the Broward sheriffs advisory council. After attending the 2018 Be A Voice Gala and listening to the moving testimonial of a former foster youth and human trafficking victim, Barry decided to become more involved with Voices For Children. He joined the Board of Directors shortly afterward.

“Voices For Children makes a true difference in the lives of children in foster care. They provide unconditional support and hope”

Steve Stowe

As Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, Steve Stowe oversees and manages all fund-raising efforts, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives for the Miami HEAT. Steve became a part of the Board of Directors at Voices For Children in 2005.

Mariola Triana Sanchez, ESQ

Officer

Mariola Triana Sanchez serves as General Counsel of Mercantil Commercebank. As part of the Management Team, she is responsible for overseeing the legal affairs of the Bank to protect the organization in situations of significant risk. Sanchez has been practicing law for more than 17 years and earned extensive experience in the practice of Family Law where she represented clients through the full spectrum of proceedings including child custody, child support enforcement, domestic violence, adoptions, and guardianship proceedings. Mariola joined Voices For Children’s Board of Directors in 2012. Mercantil Commercebank has been the Presenting Sponsor for the Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournaments since 2012.

“Our community’s future depends on our children, and I believe it is our responsibility to help those suffering from abuse and neglect. Voices provides the assistance these children need to grow into productive members of our society.”

Ilana Yuz Brodsky

Ilana Yuz Brodsky serves as Wealth Manager I and Fiduciary Specialist of BNY Mellon Wealth Management. As a former Staff Attorney for the GAL Program and a current volunteer, Ilana feels “the GAL Program and its employees and volunteers have a level of commitment to advocating for abused, abandoned, and neglected children that is unmatched. From the staff attorney in court every single day fighting for the best interests of the child to the volunteer driving an hour or more every month to visit their assigned child, the passion and dedication of the program’s participants is truly impressive.”

Julie Caputo

Julie Caputo is a lobbyist at Floridian Partners and Prime Strategies and has a decade’s worth of federal, state and local experience. Prior to her arrival at Floridan, she worked for United States Congressman Joe Garcia (FL-26) initially as a senior campaign advisor and then as the Deputy District Director for his district offices. Additionally, Julie worked on fundraising efforts for the Miami-Dade School Board Bond and Crandon Park’s Renovation Referendums among other County Commissioner’s campaigns.

Before moving to South Florida, Julie worked in Washington D.C. as the Senior Associate for former Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Maria Echaveste’s government consulting firm, NVG, LLC. There, she worked and lobbied on legislation covering health care, immigration reform, agriculture, patent reform, education, energy, nutrition, and transportation.

She and her Husband, Chris, have a daughter named Lily and 2 rescue dogs. The family are avid Miami Hurricanes fans as Chris is the Associate Head Coach for the Miami Men’s Basketball team. Julie is originally from St. Louis and a proud alumni of the University of Missouri (Mizzou).

“One day, when staffing my boss Congressman Joe Garcia, I was given the opportunity to visit the family courts with Nelson from Voices For Children. We were initially brought to see how the Guardian ad Litem Program worked, and that is when I saw just how children had benefited from having a Guardian. However, my visit also showed me how many more children needed help from this organization, and it was then that I decided I wanted to do all in my power to further this cause and ensure every child in foster care has the advocate they deserve”.

Marco E. Tejada, CFA

Marco Tejada is a Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo. Marco tells us, “I once read a book titled “A Child Called It” which motivated me to get involved with foster children, but serving as a foster parent or as a Guardian seemed to be a herculean task given the nature of my job. Fundraising for the program through Voices For Children simply seemed to be a better fit for me.” Marco has been on Voices For Children’s Board of Directors since 2006.

Yolanda Valencia

Yolanda Valencia is Head of HR and Corporate Philanthropy for Galleria Farms, a leading grower, importer and distributor of premium, fresh-cut flowers to mass market retailers and supermarkets nationwide. Galleria Farms supports nonprofit organizations that improve the lives of children, military veterans, and senior citizens. Yolanda became a Guardian Ad Litem in 2014. She was awarded Outstanding GAL Volunteer in her Division in 2016. She also co-chaired the Voices for Children Foundation Annual Be a Voice Luncheon in 2016. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017.

“Were it not for good parenting, any one of us could have become a foster child.
Children do not have a choice who brings them into this world.
Foster children are the innocent victims of parents who let them down…they did not protect and nurture them. If everyone showed compassion and did a little bit of good to help a foster child, their lives would be enriched with love. Being part of Voices for Children Foundation is my “little bit of good”. We can all do good.”

Feyza Altindag Shipley

Feyza Altindag Shipley earned her BA from Istanbul University and worked in the banking field in her native country, Turkey. She then moved to the UK and attended the University of Edinburgh's MBA program. While working in London, she developed an interest in International Business and moved to China to work on a team chartered with opening factories to produce goods for British companies.
In 2004, she moved to Boston where she decided to make a change in her professional life. Alongside with terrorism expert scholars, she worked as an assistant contractor for Special Operations Command and CIA on counter terrorism field research, which led her to spend time in Afghanistan. While she was working in this field, during the summers, she earned her Dental Hygiene degree and worked as an RDH in Boston for seven years.
Feyza served in Lions International in her early years and got the chance to work with underserved communities and children. At a young age, she got the opportunity to work on fundraising projects. Also, in her time in Afghanistan, she worked on research about war orphans and child brides. She also volunteered as a health care provider in schools in Massachusetts where oral health care was out of reach.
In 2016, she became part of the Shipley family and is a Board member of the Shipley Foundation. Feyza started the new scholarship programs and supported other projects that targeted children and youth. Since Feyza joined, the Shipley foundation has directed some of their support towards children and youth in need not only in the US, but also internationally.

Stuart Fort

“ I joined the board because I believe in the ability of Voices to change the lives of those we serve. Voices is able to give young people the tools they need to help break the cycle of generational abuse and neglect, effectively building a more equitable community in Miami.”

OUR STORY

In 1984, three juvenile court judges were moved to action by the vulnerability of the abused, abandoned, and neglected children passing through their courtrooms every day. Helpless and frightened, many of these children were in need of medical care, clothing, and other basic necessities. Recognizing these needs, the judges organized a group of volunteers to administer a small fund of donations and fines. Later on, Voices For Children Foundation was born as the fundraising arm of the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program.

Beginning as a grassroots organization in 1981, the Miami-Dade’s Guardian ad Litem Program is currently one of the largest in Florida and is currently one of the most nationally respected GAL Programs, serving one of the largest urban populations of child abuse, abandonment, and neglect in the nation. It is part of a nationwide network of advocacy organizations under the umbrella of the National Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association (NCASAA). To date, Voices has raised funds to represent and support over 45,000 children.

SUPPORTERS

Angels are known by many as spiritual beings who are capable of serving any of a number of different purposes. Their role may be to teach, command, or inform individuals of their destiny.  By stepping forward and becoming a member of Voices For Children Foundation’s Angel Society, you have ensured that our vulnerable children have a voice who will fight to change their fate.

 

By joining the Angel Society at any of these giving levels, you will help us provide the safety, guidance, and stability that children in foster care deserve through their Guardian Ad Litem.

BE AN ANGEL

Platinum Angel

$10,000

Gold
Angel

$ 5,000

Silver
Angel

$ 2,500

Bronze
Angel

$ 1,000

BENEFITS

  • Mention in website
  • Mention in events program presentation
  • Mention in newsletter

FINANCIAL

Since our founding in 1984, Voices For Children has become a model organization for positive change in the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children. This has been made possible by the generous support and shared commitment of our dedicated donors. Responsible administration as well as, our emphasis on programmatic impact have allowed us to consistently earn the highest ratings from watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator.

Contributions Breakdown (FYE 06/2017) Contributions, Gifts & Grants Fundraising Events Government Grants 33% 45.2% 21.8%
Source Dollars
Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,120,291
Fundraising Events $741,487
Government Grants $1,537,536
Expenses Breakdown (FYE 06/2017) Program Administrative Fundraising 7.3% 12.8% 79.9%
Expense Dollars
Program $2,715,579
Administrative $435,379
Fundraising $247,903
Revenue/Expenses Trend Program Expenses Primary Revenue
Year Program Expenses Primary Revenue
2014 $1,906,642 $2,438,533
2015 $1,990,515 $2,776,419
2016 $2,044,988 $2,747,273
2017 $2,715,579 $3,399,314

2022 Angels

PLATINUM

Kaufman Rossin & Co.
Ewe Spirit Foundation

GOLD

Mr. and Mrs. German Valencia
Dr. Philip Floyd
Mr. Eugenio J. Hernandez
Mr. Gautam Bhandari
Mr. Wiebe Tinga

SILVER

Mr. and Mrs. John Broe
Mr. Jhonny Mercado
Mr. Salvatore Didonato
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Enriquez
Mr. Michael Moody
Mr. Fernando Pinto
Mr. Alirio Torrediba

BRONZE

Mr. Howard Marcotte
Mr. Javier Avino
Ms. Saidin Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collie
Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Sanchez
Mr. Ricardo Rosales
Mr. Enrique Soto
Mr. and Mrs. Alejandro Brito
Mr. Edgar Velasquez
Mr. Pedro Lichtinger
Ms. Natasha Dubury

Donors

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Charities Aid Foundation of America c/o Cybergrants

Commissioner Heyman

Commissioner Higgins

Commissioner Martinez

Dr. and Mrs. Lubel

Dr. and Mrs. Rosenberg

Dr. Floyd

Facebook Foundation

Amazon

Judge and Mrs. Altfield

Judge Tinkler Mendez

Mr. Alvarez

Mr. Amron

Mr. and Mrs. Abess

Mr. and Mrs. Appelrouth

Mr. and Mrs. Bach Armas

Mr. and Mrs. Barbeito

Mr. and Mrs. Betancourt

Mr. and Mrs. Better

Mr. and Mrs. Brito

Mr. and Mrs. Brodsky

Mr. and Mrs. Broe

Mr. and Mrs. Butler

Mr. and Mrs. Cafiero

Mr. and Mrs. Collie

Mr. and Mrs. Deumichen

Mr. and Mrs. Enriquez

Mr. and Mrs. Ferrer

Mr. and Mrs. Florida

Mr. and Mrs. Gandolfo

Mr. and Mrs. Gimenez

Mr. and Mrs. Gragg

Mr. and Mrs. Greenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Hechtman

Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman

Mr. and Mrs. Horwitz

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Berkowitz

Mr. and Mrs. Llano

Mr. and Mrs. Merlin

Mr. and Mrs. Moreno

Mr. and Mrs. Navarro

Mr. and Mrs. Negrin

Mr. and Mrs. Nevin

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pino

Mr. and Mrs. Raffel

Mr. and Mrs. Rebak

Mr. and Mrs. Robins

Mr. and Mrs. Robles

Mr. and Mrs. Rojo

Mr. and Mrs. Rubin

Mr. and Mrs. Sacher

Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez

Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz

Mr. and Mrs. Shipley

Mr. and Mrs. Snay

Mr. and Mrs. Socol

Mr. and Mrs. Solove

Mr. and Mrs. Talas

Mr. and Mrs. Tasca

Mr. and Mrs. Traurig

Mr. and Mrs. Valencia

Mr. and Mrs. Vasquez

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