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Children's Network is committed to working with the community to protect children and preserve families



Introducing the Joel's 


The Joel’s have been licensed foster parents for 3 years.  They shared they have fostered 7 wonderful children and they strive to bring love, stability, and structure to the children in their home. They shared they have grown in their outreach to their birth families and siblings and are grateful to their families, friends and church for their love and support on this amazing journey.  The Joel’s are actively involved with birth families supervising visits and involving them in the lives of the children placed in their home.  They continue to have relationships with many of the children and their families that have been reunified.    

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WGCU Public radio Golf Coast Live host Julie Glenn and Mike Kiniry hosted a panel of stakeholders to discuss Child Welfare and the growing need for more foster homes in Southwest Florida and statewide.
The panel guest included:
* Evan Williams, Florida Weekly Reports 
* Nadereh Salim, CEO Children's Network of SWFL  
* Partice Cunningham, Senior Special Projects Manager, Family Mentor Program (United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee)  
* Kara Jansen, Foster & Adoption Mom 
* Kurt Kelly, CEO Florida Coalition for Children

We are grateful to Florida Weekly and WGCU for creating community awareness of the critical need for Foster Parents, Adoptive Parents and Family Mentors.



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We are proud to announce that Children’s Network of SWFL is a recipient of the 2018-2019 United Way of Charlotte County Collaborative Partners Grant “Mentoring for Success” ♥


Neal Communities supports Children's Network of Southwest Florida with a contribution of $2500.


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  As of June 2018, Children’s Network finalized 195 Adoptions.

  Congratulations to all Adoption Staff for exceeding our contract goal.

  As of September 2018, Children's Network finalized 38 Adoptions. 






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We are proud partners of Selfless Love Foundation (Family Match) and will be piloting their matching software

Program matches foster children with families who have an approved adoption Home Study

If you have an approved adoption Home Study, go online and complete your profile ►

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Program's launch ≈ Summer 2018 ♥

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  Dania's Story. . . . . . . . . . ►

Southwest Florida foster teen aces it in the school of hard knocks



Check out the Lee Pitts Live interview with Nadereh Salim, Chief Executive Officer, Children's Network of Southwest Florida and Dianne McDaniel, Regional Vice President, Suncoast School Credit Union



Congratulations to:

Jane De La Vega

Child Welfare Case Manager

Children's Network of SWFL


Charlotte County Chamber Ribbon Cutting

On 6/21/18 the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida was honored to have a Ribbon Cutting ceremony celebrating our membership with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. Thanks so much to all who came out to celebrate with us! Together, we remain committed to working with the community to protect children and preserve families.




 Thanks for Caring 








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Informational Meeting on Foster Care and Adoptions

Lee County Open House August 8, 2018,  6pm - 8pm. (Click Lee County for details.)

Charlotte County Open House June 21, 2018 6pm - 8pm. (Click Charlotte County for details)

Family Mentor Classes - Lee

Lee County:  October 26, Friday from 8:30am-2:30pm at our Children's Network office located at 4150 Ford St. Ext Ft.Myers, FL 33916
Please click Family Mentor Classes for more details.

Please contact our Mentor Coordinator if you are not able to attend these dates 941-613-3937 or 239-218-7557, as we also conduct evening and weekday trainings when requested.

“We are happy to welcome 7 new mentors to our team of dedicated volunteer mentors who are actively engaged with families in Lee County by providing support and helping the parents to increase their self-sufficiency.”

Mentoring For Success


Saturday October 27th 9:00am-3:30pm at Port Charlotte Children's Network 19621 Cochran Blvd., Unit 4. Port Charlotte, FL 33948 for Mentor Training.
Please call 941-613-3937 (office) or 239-218-7557 (cell) to confirm your participation so that we can ensure that we have enough food and supplies for everyone. Also please feel free to share this information if you know anyone that may be interested in joining us for the training.

Please Join us for Mentoring For Success Training in Punta Gorda from 9:30am-3:30pm on Friday November 2nd

Special Thanks to the V.B.A. Charlotte Community Foundation! We will be having our first mentor training in their wonderful training room located at 227 Sullivan St. Punta Gorda FL 33950. Please park in the lot which is easily accessed from US 41 South and you will see a sign board directing you to the training room. We will provide water, a sandwich ring or subs and chips for lunch, but please feel free to bring your favorite beverage and snacks. It is sometimes chilly in our training room, so you may want to bring a sweater or light jacket as well.

Please call 941-613-3937 (office) or 239-218-7557 (cell) to confirm your participation so that we can ensure that we have enough food and supplies for everyone. Also please feel free to share this information if you know anyone that may be interested in joining us for the training.

Lee Pitts Live
Mentor a Family
Patrice Cunningham, Special Project Manager for United Way and Pamela Malik, Family Mentor Coordinator for the Children's Network of Southwest Florida interview with Lee Pitts Live.
Naples Family Adopts “Congratulations to the Maxfield family on the adoption of your daughter Hannah Rae Lynn June 7th. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us.”
NBC-2 Interview A huge thank you to our foster parents who accept our children into their families and provide a temporary, safe and loving home.
Lee Pitts Live Lori Feige, Director of Programs, Children’s Network of Southwest Florida and Kelly Ladd, Foster Parent, Children’s Network of Southwest Florida (interview with Lee Pitts)


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