CASA Pinellas Debuts Family Justice Center with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Florida’s only Family Justice Center will streamline services for domestic violence survivors
CASA Pinellas is hosting the grand opening of its Family Justice Center (FJC) October 19, 2022, at 3pm. This free community event will take place outside of the Family Justice Center building on Arlington Avenue N between 10th and 11th streets.
The Family Justice Center concept is a nationwide best-practice public health & safety model endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice. This proven service delivery model will provide comprehensive, collaborative, trauma-informed, free services for survivors of interpersonal violence and their children all in one place.
Join Family Justice Center Founders Casey Gwinn and Gael Strack, St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch, County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Justice, State Attorney Bruce Bartlett, and more as our community unveils its new Family Justice Center.
“Together we can create a system that bonds survivors, not by their trauma, but by their experience of community, healing, hope, and justice,” said Lariana Forsythe, CEO of CASA Pinellas. Read the full Family Justice Center Case Statement here: https://www.casapinellas.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/CASA-FJC-Case-Statement-1.pdf.
Grand opening attendees will witness Pinellas County history in the making as CASA debuts the Family Justice Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony and mural reveal. Exclusive first look tours of the facility are being offered after the program, beginning at 3:40pm.
RSVP for the event and secure a tour spot at www.casapinellas.org/event/fjc-opening.
CASA’s Family Justice Center providers and partners include State Attorney’s Office of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, St. Petersburg Police Department, Office of the Attorney General Injunction Team, Gulfcoast Legal Services – Family & Immigration Law, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office – Child Protective Services, BayCare & St. Anthony’s Hospital, Suncoast Sexual Assault Services, The Juvenile Welfare Board, Pinellas County Schools, ClearPath Mental Health Services, Learning Empowered, Community Law, and Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court. Learn more about the problem solved by the Family Justice Center by CASA: https://vimeo.com/530289652.