Judge Kenneth L. Gillespie

Judge Kenneth L. Gillespie
Judicial Member

- Vice Chair

Judge Kenneth L. Gillespie was appointed as a Circuit Judge to the 17th Judicial Circuit in 2009, and was re-elected in 2010, and 2016. Judge Gillespie currently serves in the Dependency/Unified Family Court Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit and has served since January 2011. In this capacity, Judge Gillespie presides over abused, neglected, and abandoned children to ensure the permanency, safety, and well-being of children are met. For his work in the area of child advocacy, Judge Gillespie received the Elected Official of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers, and the Judicial Advocate of the Year Award from the Broward County Guardian Ad Litem Office in 2013. Judge Gillespie has also served as a visiting Associate Judge with the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida, and has authored several opinions on a wide range of issues.

Prior to his appointment to the 17th Judicial Circuit, Judge Gillespie served as a General Magistrate in the Family and Dependency Divisions of the 17th Judicial Circuit for five years. In addition to his judicial experience, Judge Gillespie worked as a Senior Trial Attorney for the United States Employment Opportunity Commission and as a Broward Assistant State Attorney.

Judge Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with Summa Cum Laude honors from Florida Memorial University. He received his Juris Doctorate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University; Judge Gillespie also earned an LL.M. with honors as well as the Faculty Award from Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law.

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2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward

2-1-1 Broward, an information & referral line, provides a 24-hour, comprehensive help line and support service for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. An impressive database of information is used to provide community callers with current, relevant information regarding a wide variety of services within the community. All calls are toll-free, confidential and anonymous from anywhere in Broward County.

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2-1-1 Broward Special Needs and Behavioral Health | 2-1-1 Broward

The 2-1-1 Hotline is Broward’s single source for information and referrals for children with behavioral health needs and disabilities. The hotline’s specialized staff focuses on helping parents, caregivers, agencies, and medical practitioners who serve the needs of children, find programming, support and hope. A case management component is also available for families in need of assistance accessing and navigating the special needs and behavioral health system of care.

Capacity Building
Capacity Building Mini Grants | Children's Services Council of Broward County

Infrastructure building support is provided to local child and family serving nonprofit organizations through our annual Capacity Buildings Mini Grants. Through a competitive grant process, local organizations are awarded funding for capacity building projects, professional business coaching and or fundraising support each year.
Primary POC: Adamma DuCille | aducille@cscbroward.org

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Community Builders| Children's Services Council of Broward County

Improving Lives Through Collective Impact through the Broward County Children’s Strategic Plan

Health & Safety Initiatives
Cribs for Kids | Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.

In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report that estimated that the risk of infant suffocation increases 20-fold when infants and adults sleep in the same bed. In 2005, the AAP restated that co-sleeping is a growing concern and recommended that infants not share a bed during sleep.

Capacity Building
CSC Sponsored Trainings | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The CSC offers quality and affordable training workshops for professionals serving children and families in Broward County. Each session is led by instructors that are highly qualified and experienced in their field to provide an optimal learning environment. CEU’s are also offered for many of the completed courses. For a training calendar and to register, please visit our website at training.cscbroward.org.

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille | aducille@cscbroward.org

Health & Safety Initiatives
Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Drowning Prevention is a collaborative community effort driven by the Drowning Prevention Task Force. In 2009, the Children’s Services Council allocated funding to support a full-time coordinator housed at the Broward County Health Department who provides insight and accountability for the implementation of the Drowning Prevention Action Plan.

The Faces of CSC

The impact Future Prep had on Sarah fomented her desire to give back to her community. Today, she is a Counselor for Memorial’s CSC-funded Youth Force program, helping other young people gain confidence and determine their own path for the future.
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Thanks to the Children’s Services Council and the YMCA of Broward County, students have an opportunity to give a voice to issues that are important to them.