Emilio Benitez

Emilio Benitez
Immediate Past Chair

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) | CSC of Broward County
954-377-1667

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
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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.

Blacktie South Florida
954-707-2970

The Children’s Services Council has partnered with Blacktie South Florida to offer membership scholarships for nonprofits in Broward County to assist in making donor outreach and fundraising efforts easier and more productive. Blacktie provides a one-stop web-based technology with access to online event planning and a comprehensive database management system that has the capability of increasing nonprofit exposure and awareness.

Primary POC: Ginny Fujino | ginny@blacktie-southflorida.com | 954-461-1199

BOSS (Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed) | Boyd Anderson High School
754-322-0200

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), LEAP, and Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed (BOSS) High programs are offered at eleven (11) Broward County Public high schools.

Primary POC: Marie Duperval

BOSS (Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed) | Deerfield Beach High School
754-322-0688

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), LEAP, and Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed (BOSS) High programs are offered at eleven (11) Broward County Public high schools.

Primary POC: Keith Roberson

BOSS (Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed) | McArthur High School
754-323-1226

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), LEAP, and Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed (BOSS) High programs are offered at eleven (11) Broward County Public high schools.

Primary POC: Thomas Correll

BOSS (Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed) | Miramar High School
754-323-1350

21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC), LEAP, and Best Opportunity to Shine & Succeed (BOSS) High programs are offered at eleven (11) Broward County Public high schools.

Primary POC: Selwyn Brown

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