Emilio Benitez

Emilio Benitez
Governor Appointee

- Governor Appointee

Emilio Benitez is a former President and CEO of ChildNet and has been involved with the agency virtually since its inception. He served as the first Chair of ChildNet’s Board of Directors and remained on the Board until January 2007. He was named President/CEO in January 2008. Prior to joining ChildNet, Mr. Benitez was a sole practitioner in his own Fort Lauderdale law firm where he focused on criminal, dependency and delinquency cases. Mr. Benitez also served as the Assistant Public Defender in Juvenile and Felony trial divisions with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office.

Mr. Benitez received his Bachelor degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and his Juris Doctorate at the University of Florida.

Mr. Benitez has been involved in children's advocacy efforts locally and statewide for more than a decade. His involvement includes participating on the Board of Directors of Family Central, Inc., Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., and Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, Inc. Mr. Benitez has served on the Diversity Committee of the Broward County School Board, Broward County Multi-Agency Gang Task Force, and the Broward County Juvenile Justice Board. In 1993, Governor Chiles appointed Mr. Benitez to serve as Commissioner of the Florida State Commission on Hispanic Affairs; in 2003, he was appointed by Secretary Bankhead to serve on the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Business Partner’s Advisory Group; and in 2005, he was appointed by Governor Bush to serve as a commissioned member of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Committee.

In February 2007, Mr. Benitez was recognized by Governor Crist with a gubernatorial appointment to the Children's Services Council of Broward County. In 2011, he was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott.

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SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Coalition) | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The Children’s Services Council has been at the forefront in funding programming for children and youth with physical, developmental or behavioral health needs since its inception. In 2004, the Council commissioned Broward County’s Business Plan for Children with Special Needs which became the impetus for establishing a stakeholder group known as the Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC). The SNAC has been instrumental in advocating for system improvements and reducing service gaps.

Primary POC: Marissa Aquino | maquino@cscbroward.org

2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward
2-1-1 or 954-537-0211

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.

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

Cribs for Kids | Heathy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County

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. Cribs for Kids provides low-income families with free GRACO Pack ‘n Play® cribs, one crib sheet, and a safe-sleep sack, and counsels parents on the dangers of co-sleeping.

Primary POC: Ashley Sturm | asturm@hmhbbroward.org | 954-765-0550 ext. 339

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

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.
Task Force members create a culture throughout Broward that infuses drowning prevention methodologies, practices, and messages that directly impact families with young children.

Early Literacy Interventions | Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc., through a partnership with Broward County Public Schools, is implementing the Reading Corps program in Broward County. Florida Reading Corps tutors serve Broward County’s most at-risk students with targeted early literacy interventions. Reading Corps screens all students at designated schools to identify children who are behind on early literacy skills, and develop individualized tutoring plans to meet each child’s needs.

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