Disadvantaged Children and the Arts Program
Cooperating Facilities


CHARLEE PROGRAM-Homes for Children Contact:

Contact: Christine A. Fadil, Program Director, & Lil Weinstein
5915 Ponce De Leon Blvd.,#26
Coral Gables FL 33146 305/666-7228, 305/666-8922, fax
         Gladstone Center for Girls 
         7412 Sunset Drive 
         Miami, Fl. 33143 

CHARLEE, which stands for Children Have All Rights: Legal, Educational, Emotional was founded in Miami-Dade County in 1983 as a coordinated effort of the Junior League of Miami, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida., based on a concept created by the Menninger Foundation. The program provides a nurturing and secure environment for troubled children. The mission of the CHARLEE Program is to provide therapeutic, residential and supportive services in a community- based continuum of care enabling each child to reach his or her full potential as a healthy and productive adult.

The Gladstone Center for Girls opened in 1994. The facility serves girls of all races and ethnic backgrounds between the ages of two and eighteen who have been removed from their homes following allegations of serious sexual abuse. This quality eighteen bed residential care facility provides, evaluation and treatment services on a short-term basis to the girls, with approximately 100-125 girls passing through the center over the course of a year. A satellite program from the Miami-Dade County Public School system provides them with a continuation of their educational needs, along with medical and psychological evaluations and treatments.

The CHARLEE Program has developed an integrated continuum of care for the hardest to serve foster children. That continuum consists of residential care, therapeutic services and adoption services. Over 500 children and families of all races and backgrounds are served annually. The Family Care Therapeutic Group Home Program consists of five group homes. Each home has six children, of both sexes and all races and ethnic backgrounds with full-time, live-in “parents” who, with the help or a professional staff, provide the children with the most stable, supportive, home life possible. The apartment-style The Crossroads Pre-Independent Living Program guides eight older teens in transition from traditional group homes and foster care environments to the adult world. The Supported Foster Care Program is a coordinated and directed system for recruiting, training, licensing and supporting foster families in the community to help raise these abused and neglected children until a permanent placement is found. The CHARLEE Children’s Depot began in 2001 in cooperation with corporate partner Office Depot. It consists of an 8,000 square foot warehouse where new and used items are collected and redistributed to foster and biological families and children becoming independent.

South Miami After School House

Contact: Daisy Harrell, Education Director 
6121 SW 68 Street 305/667-0555
South Miami FL 33143 (305) 668-7352

The After School Program
City of South Miami
6130 Sunset Drive
South Miami, Florida 33143

Founded in 1970 by Rachel Blechman and Maxine Weinstein to offer the children of J.R.E. Lee Elementary an environment in which they could sit alone with a puzzle or find someone who had the time to read to them or help them with their homework. In 1983 the City of South Miami took over the operations of the facility and have expanded the facilities and services over the years for the children of the Lee Park Community. The After School House is designed primarily to help elementary and middle school children become better students and citizens. Older students are also encouraged to sign up for tutoring, use of computers and other resources. Most of the children live in the City of South Miami. Volunteers (75) and staff act as helpers, facilitators, models, friends, tutors and mentors for the children that enter the After School House. They interact with the children by providing companionship, reinforcement of self-esteem, recreational opportunities, assistance with homework, and encouragement for good reading habits. The goals of this non-profit corporation is to enhance self-images, provide successful experiences and basic school skills. The program seeks to provide the children with skill-building experiences in a sheltered, accepting environment in their own neighborhood where they can learn to see themselves as valued and competent people.

University of Miami/Jackson Children’s Hospital
Contact: Letitia Cason,
University of Miami
Department of Pediatrics
P.O. Box 016960
Miami Fl 33101-6960
305/585-5635, 305/325-8387, fax

Children’s Cancer Clinic
1611 NW 12 Avenue
Miami Fl 33136

Leticia Cason, Child Life Specialist and director of the Arts in Medicine Program at the Children’s Cancer Clinic at the University of Miami/Jackson Children’s Hospital has created a program at melds the fields of medicine and art to provide a creative expressive outlet for pediatric patients with life-threatening illnesses. Professional artists in the community conduct therapeutic and recreational creative hands-on art activities with the children, their families and health care givers to give meaningful art experiences, as well as aid in coping with medically related stresses. The facility is covered with the artwork created by this program over the years, spreading out into the common areas of the Hospital.