NTF-Daytona “College Colors Day” Winners

college-colors-day-event-09-16-2016-winnersThe Daytona Beach Segrave & ISB offices celebrated College Colors Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.  The staff were given the opportunity to represent their favorite college and the 3 staff who showed the most school spirit won prizes.  Corina Henriquez & Kelly Morgan from the Corporate office were the judges.  Staff also enjoyed an indoor tailgate carry-in.  Good food, fun & fellowship was had by all. Pictured above, from left:  3rd place – Lamesha Killins, 1st place – Kaleelah Scott, 2nd place – Martha Ware. — submitted by JuLee Eads

Heather Monteath Recognized as a Florida “System Shaper”

img_4067-3Congratulations to NTF-Bartow Executive Director Heather Monteath (pictured above in first row, pink blouse) for receiving Florida’s Child Welfare Excellence Award.  The Award was presented September 8 at the Florida Child Welfare Summit.

In announcing Heather’s selection, Florida’s Child Safety Director Alicia Cross said, “Your hard work has impacted the lives of the families and children we serve so thank you for making a difference for not only those families, but for the child welfare system as a whole.”

 

NTF-Jacksonville Foster Caregivers Adopt Six Siblings

Congratulations to NTF Professional Foster Caregivers Armando and Fe Reyes, who adopted their six siblings on August 4, 2016.

Aida Seeraj (Executive Director), Armando Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Fe Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Ann Lisk (Foster Parent), Aubrey Reyes, Tiffany Bath (Case Manager), Allison Reyes, Lynn Schumacher(Former Family Advocate), Armanee Reyes (biological child) Bottom row: Anabelle Reyes, Alexis Reyes, Andrew Reyes, Ava Reyes & Nora Sanders (Case Manager)

Aida Seeraj (Executive Director), Armando Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Fe Reyes (Adoptive Parent), Ann Lisk (Foster Parent), Aubrey Reyes, Tiffany Bath (Case Manager), Allison Reyes, Lynn Schumacher(Former Family Advocate), Armanee Reyes (biological child) Bottom row: Anabelle Reyes, Alexis Reyes, Andrew Reyes, Ava Reyes & Nora Sanders (Case Manager)

 

Myraida Ruiz Joins NTF Management Team

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Myraida Marie Ruiz is the new Executive Director of our Daytona Beach program, effective July 5. Ms. Ruiz was most recently Quality Management Manager at Children’s Home Society of Florida. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Central Florida and is completing Doctoral Work at Capella University. Please extend a warm welcome to Myraida!

Atlanta NTF Kids Hit the Links

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The Ryan Cameron Foundation (RCF) hosted its’ 11th Annual Youth Golf Clinic at Topgolf Midtown Atlanta and invited Neighbor To Family to participate with all expenses paid. The clinic was held for children between the ages of 8-18 and included instruction from a PGA professional, a group game of golf, lunch, refreshments, give-aways, door prizes and a motivational speaker.  Pictured above are NTF Foster Caregiver Dionne Brantley–Lewis, RCF Founder Ryan Cameron, Youth Golf Participants and The RCF Leadership Academy.

NTF Founder Honored at Courage Award Gala

NTF Founder Gordon Johnson was posthumously recognized Saturday night at the 38th Annual Ed Block Foundation Courage Award Gala in Baltimore. NTF Interim CEO Tony Everett accepted the award commemorating Johnson for his 50-plus years of service to children and families.  Pictured at the event are, from left, NTF-Baltimore Executive Director Donna McCarter, Board Secretary Sheilah Davenport, Everett, and Board Vice-Chair Ackneil Muldrow.

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Congratulations, Aida and Michael!

aidaNTF-Jacksonville Executive Director Aida Seeraj and her husband recently adopted their second child, Indira Mila, age 1. Shown from left are The Honorable Judge D. Gooding, Aida, Samuel (age 2), Elias (7), Michael Seeraj, and Indira Mila.   Aida adds, “My husband and I still cannot believe that we are parents to 3 children. Elias is most grateful to have a brother and sister to share his life with!  We absolutely adore them!” The adoption was finalized on Monday, 2/29/16.