Child Safety Advocates Speak at Golden Triangle Meeting

2014 July 10—Golden Triangle Lake County, FL: After just a week on her new job, Rotarian Emily Lee introduced her colleagues from Kids Central, Inc to the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle. Lee had invited Debra Wise, Deputy Chief of Programs, and Michelle Mongeluzzo, Director of Prevention Services, of the nonprofit agency charged by …

Working Together to Prevent Children Drowning

OCALA—Drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–4. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort to protect Marion County’s children and reduce the …

Child Abuse in Our Midst

By Rebecca Schatt As seen in the Ocala Star Banner on April 13, 2014 Have you seen the blue and silver pinwheels spinning around Ocala? Every April, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, Kids Central and its partners work to plant pinwheels across Ocala and Marion County. Pinwheels serve as a reminder …

Hernando group searching for families to become foster parents

Kids Central’s informational event, Open Your Heart was featured in Hernando Today. Read the story at Hernando Today. Last year, 259 children in Hernando County were placed in out-of-home care after being abused, neglected or abandoned. And, for the past 23 years, hundreds of children have gone to live with Linda Hoins and her husband, …

Children Need Your Help to Make Hernando a Safe Place

Our Hernando board member, Captain Cyrus Robinson, wrote a letter to the editor of Hernando Today and it was published today. Read at Hernando Today Hernando County is a hidden treasure nestled on the Nature Coast of West Central Florida and the home of 173,000 residents. Happy thoughts and beautiful images of growing urban communities, …

Programs bring ‘invisible’ signs of child abuse to forefront

Published April 2, 2014 in the Ocala Star Banner. By April Warren A warm breeze swept across the grassy field outside West Marion Community Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, curling underneath the reflective petals of dozens of pinwheels and turning the green patch into a blur of blue shimmer. “We can feel the wind but we …