Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

April 16, 2012
Terri Durdaller
DCF SunCoast Region
Communications Director
Cell (813) 917-7570

Aimee McLaughlin
Children's Network of Southwest Florida
Director of Communications
Cell (239) 425-7025
Child Welfare Leaders Kicks-Off Pinwheels for Prevention Resource Fair in Fort Myers
~ April Designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month ~

FORT MYERS, FLA. – The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is partnering with Children's Network of Southwest Florida to host a resource fair for families in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pinwheels for Prevention is part of a national campaign to change the way people think about prevention.

Community child welfare leaders will host a news conference to highlight the responsibility everyone has in the community to prevent child abuse. DCF Secretary David Wilkins will discuss the role of the department in ensuring every child has an equal opportunity for growth and development and recently passed legislation that allows the department to create an entire new framework for investigators that collects and analyzes data on individual families, providing more information as they check on the well-being of children.

Nadereh Salim, CEO of the Children's Network of Southwest Florida will discuss families most at-risk and how her organization works to strengthen families.

There are over 1,400 children already in the child welfare system in Southwest Florida. Local service providers will be at the event being held at DCF's Fort Myers office on Tuesday, April 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm to distribute information on healthy child development and community services for families.

  • WHO:
    Child Welfare Leaders – DCF Secretary David Wilkins, Children's Network of Southwest Florida, CEO Nadereh Salim
  • WHAT:
    Child Abuse Prevention Month News Conference - Resource Fair
  • WHEN:
    Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Fort Myers DCF Office
    2295 Victoria Ave, Fort Myers