Festival Mes de la Herencia Hispana y Feria de Recursos para Padres
West Palm Beach, FL - (by CRL Media) - Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County announced its initiative for the Hispanic community with the launch of the PBC Familias Latinas Facebook group. This community provides information in Spanish for parents of Palm Beach County's growing Latino population. Resources include trusted tips, informative videos, expert tips, family support, local events, family resources, and information from local organizations like BRIDGES, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Early Learning Coalition, HomeSafe, and Center for Family Services, among others.
“Children’s Services Council recognizes that Spanish-speakers are important members of our community, so providing direct and easily accessible information in Spanish is vital,” said Executive Director Lisa Williams-Taylor. “PBC's new Familias Latinos group on Facebook is one of the many ways we're making sure community resources are available to all families in Palm Beach County.”
Hispanics now make up nearly 30% of Palm Beach County's population, according to the latest US Census figures. Most of these residents (85%) speak Spanish, and many rely on Spanish to communicate. According to a market research study commissioned by CSC and conducted by CRL Media LLC, local Hispanic residents have been especially hard hit by the pandemic and face many challenges. These include obtaining resources with Spanish-speaking representatives for help with parenting issues and discerning which people and agencies are trustworthy.
Culturally, there is a strong sense of self-sufficiency in the Hispanic community, and many are hesitant to seek help when they need it. Until now, there has been no trusted hub where local Spanish speakers can go for information and community, both in their language and culture.
The PBC Latino Families Facebook group is a private online community where parents and guardians can also share their thoughts, advice and concerns about the sometimes challenging job of raising a family. Gabriela C., originally from Venezuela, and who is a member of the group said, “This is a much-needed space to get reliable information and connect with available local resources.” To join the group please visit www.facebook.com/groups/familiaslatinasdepbc/
To celebrate the start of this initiative and close out Hispanic Heritage Month, the Children's Services Council will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival and Resource Fair on Saturday, October 22 from 2pm to 5pm at Bodegón Supermarket #5 located at 1910 off Lake Worth Rd. Some of the participating agencies include Healthy Mother's Healthy Babies, Bridges, HomeSafe, Prime Time, Hispanic Human Resources Council, 211, Center for Family Services, among others. Several of these agencies will be screening children for developmental delays, while also screening mothers for symptoms of postpartum depression and referring those at risk to appropriate services. In addition, children will be able to interact with therapy dogs, ride in ambulance and fire trucks, enjoy hot dogs, soft drinks, music, face painting and lots of fun. Community members are invited to participate in this completely free event.
About Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County:
Children's Services Council is a special purpose local government council created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services, and research on behalf of the county's children. , so that they grow healthy, safe and strong. On the internet https://www.everyparentpbc.org/es