ChildNet, the community-based lead child welfare agency in Broward county, has moved from Plantation to a facility in Fort Lauderdale that will better accommodate staff and the needs of SafePlace, ChildNet’s emergency respite facility.
Located at 1100 W. McNab Road in Fort Lauderdale, the 83,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, stand-alone building provides expanded office space and a home for SafePlace where children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment and neglect are provided meals, clothing and comfort while they await placement in a foster home.
“In our new facility, we can consolidate several sites in the county into one unified location,” said Emilio Benitez, president and chief executive officer at ChildNet. “When we were presented with this opportunity to have more space in a newer building, at virtually the same cost, it made sense for us to move to better accommodate our staff, and most importantly, to continue to have a safe, secure and stable environment for the children in our care.”
With hurricane proof windows, redundant power and a structured parking garage, the property has undergone major renovations to accommodate the unique needs of ChildNet and SafePlace. The building is centrally located with easy access to I-95 and the Florida Turnpike.
The agency needs additional funding to supplement the essentials, including the new facility’s upgraded visitation rooms. Naming opportunities are available for the visitation rooms, where caregivers, parents, foster parents and adoptive parents visit with children in a safe, secure environment. ChildNet provides foster care, adoption and family preservation services for the more than 4,500 children in care and their caregivers.
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