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Charlee Program Makes Valuable Contributions

Location: Washington, DC

CHARLEE PROGRAM MAKES VALUABLE CONTRIBUTIONS -- (House of Representatives - July 20, 2004)

(Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)

Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Marilyn March, Mary Cagle, and the entire staff of the CHARLEE Program for their valuable contribution to the abused and neglected children in my hometown of Miami, Florida.

CHARLEE stands for Children Have All Rights, Legal, Educational and Emotional. It was established in 1983 through the efforts of the Junior League of Miami, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Episcopal Diocese of southeast Florida.

It has an extensive history of providing critical services such as foster care and treatment services for Miami-Dade counties' neediest children.

As a mother of two teenage daughters, I realize the profound impact that a positive relationship with one's primary caregiver can have on the development of our most precious resource, our young people.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud of the work CHARLEE does, and I wish all of CHARLEE'S volunteers much future success in helping our precious children.

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