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November 1, 2009


November 1, 2009

My name is Dr. Lisa Sirota, and I am a pediatrician in Broward County, Florida. I have been priviledged to care for the children of Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) since its inception in 1993. As a service organization, JAFCO has grown from a small agency caring for abused and neglected Jewish children in our community, to a major leader in the care of children in South Florida. Currently, JAFCO operates out of a beautiful campus in Sunrise, Florida, which houses a 24-hour crisis shelter open to children in need of all races and religions; 6 group homes which provide safe, consistent, Jewish family-style living in a therapeutic environment, giving siblings the opportunity to stay together; and a wide range of services aimed to support every aspect of the children's lives and families. It is amazing to see children arrive at JAFCO, frightened, alone, often emotionally or physically battered, withdrawn and developmentally delayed from neglect, and watch these same children blossom under the love and care of the dedicated staff. I see first-hand how devoted the staff are to the children of JAFCO, and how life-saving JAFCO is to the hundreds of children in its care. Construction will soon be underway on a new developmental disability center, whose focus will be creating a therapeutic, and respite community for Jewish children with disabilities, particularly autism. It is a blessing and a priviledge to work with this remarkable organization, and I hope news of this great nonprofit reaches people far and wide.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personally caring for abused and neglected children who are now under JAFCO's care and protection. I also sit on the Board, and see the devotion of every person involved in this remarkable organization. The children always come first.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that the time I spend makes a difference in the lives of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...devoted to the children, dedicated to preservation of the highest quality of care for the children, committed to raising awareness and funds to continue the work of JAFCO.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...save the lives of many more children in our community.

Ways to make it better...

...I had more time to devote to the agency, particularly to be on campus on a more regular basis, so I could get to know the children better and have a presence in their lives other when they are sick!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...the continued funding of its shelter, group homes and services, particularly in an economic environment that creates more crisis for families and may lead to heightened need for an organization like JAFCO.

One thing I'd also say is that...

...I wish every state in the Union had an organization like JAFCO to protect its children.

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