Kidside Newsletter July 2020

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KidSide Newsletter July 2020

KidSide helps children from low-income families, who are in crisis due to high-conflict Family Court cases, receive critical protection, advocacy, and the ability to heal.

By providing essential funding to Family Court Services we allow them to deliver critical assistance, counseling and other resources that bridge gaps in the system to protect children involved in antagonistic cases like high conflict divorce, and domestic abuse. Without these services, many kids from low-income families would fall through cracks in the underfunded judicial system causing profound consequences in their lives and communities.

Recent Video Testimonial from a Mom benefiting from Family Court Services

KidSide is grateful to receive testimonials, such as the one below from Kristie, a mom Family Court Services recently served.  Due to the dedication and hard work of Family Court Services, Kristie has been able to see her child again.  Her one concern, is the length of time she had to wait for services to start.  KidSide is hopeful that we will be able to raise enough funds to eliminate a waiting list for children to see their parents during a contentious separation.   All children, no matter what their family financial situation may be, should be able to stay connected to their parents when they need them the most.  Testimonials, such as Kristie’s, will allow countless others to see how KidSide and Family Court Services make a difference in the lives of children and parents during the most difficult and emotional time a family can experience.

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Announcing KidSide Partner Program and Founding Members

KidSide is excited to announce its KidSide Partner Program. This program was established to provide a platform for those donors who wish to provide substantial support to the work of KidSide year round. This program works toward narrowing the significant gap in funding that currently exists in providing critical assistance, counseling and other resources to protect children involved in antagonistic cases like high conflict divorce, and domestic abuse. Without these services, many kids from low-income families would continue to fall through cracks in the underfunded judicial system causing profound consequences in their lives and communities.

Among other benefits, our KidSide Partners’ support will be recognized at their respective annual commitment tier as follows:

Diamond ($25,000 and up)
Platinum ($20,000 – $24,999)
Gold ($15,000 – $19,999)
Silver ($10,000 – $14,999)
Bronze ($5,000 – $9,999)

The program provides for the ability to have multiple KidSide Partners at each tier.

We recognize this pandemic has had a significant economic impact in all forms. Therefore, we are extremely grateful to those who join the KidSide Partner Program this year as we acknowledge that such substantial support is extra important during these times.

With that said, we want to announce and give recognition to our founding KidSide Partners:

For more information, please reach out to Aileen Fernandez Mesa, President of KidSide at

Message from the Judiciary

Honorable Scott M. Bernstein, Circuit Judge
Administrative Judge
Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center

Family Court Judges are grateful to KidSide for all you do to keep Family Court Services afloat. Our Courthouse may be closed during this  pandemic, but Family Court Services is working harder than ever. Virtual meetings happen every day. Even virtual supervised visitation. We received this testimonial message about a recent visit:


On behalf of the entire Court System, thank you. We are so grateful for the work you make possible.
– Administrative Judge Scott M. Bernstei​​n

Just last month, amidst a national crisis during an already stressful moment in history, the Daily Business Review featured Judge Bernstein in a piece detailing his early beginnings as a champion of justice.  Click here to read the full piece honoring Judge Bernstein’s commitment to justice for all.

Join us for our Virtual KidSide Talent Show

Join KidSide and Family Court Services virtual talent show hosted by Judge David Young and Family Court Services, Erika Ruiz on August 15th to help raise much needed funds.   If you have a talented child in your life that would like to perform, have them submit an audition tape by August 5th to  We ask that all performers and audience members contribute through by making a one-time donation or, better yet, consider joining our Best Friends Leadership Campaign with a monthly sustainable gift.  With our engaging hosts and talented children, get ready for an entertaining experience for all!

Congratulations to Marck K. Joseph, Esq.

Marck K. Joseph, Esq.
The Joseph Firm PA

Congratulations to Marck Joseph, Esq., KidSide Board Member, on his recent placement to the Grievance Committee for the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Read all about this here.


Save the Date for the KidSide Virtual Judicial Reception in October

Mark your calendars for the KidSide Judicial Reception on October 22nd!

Thank You to our Virtual Event Hosts

KidSide thanks our virtual hosts, Patricia Young, Erika Ruiz & Family Court Services, and Aileen Fernandez-Mesa, Esq.

If you are interested in hosting a virtual event with your friends and/or colleagues to help raise funds for KidSide, please reach out to Marian Ortega at for additional details.

Become a KidSide Best Friend Today!

You can make a difference!  Join the KidSide Best Friends Leadership Campaign.

During this time of COVID-19, in person fundraising is not possible but the children served by Family Court Services are greatly impacted and need our help. We must do our best to ensure they do not sustain long term emotional harm.

By becoming a member of the KidSide Best Friends Leadership Campaign with a monthly sustaining gift, it allows Family Court Services to anticipate the on-going level of support they can provide children in need.   We need your support now more than ever so Family Court Services may continue to meet the needs of our community.

For more information and/or to join our Best Friends Leadership Campaign committee please contact Dana Cahn at

Do you have a birthday coming up?

Select KidSide, Inc., on Facebook for your birthday fundraiser!

Make a one-time donation below to support the work of Family Court Services by donating to KidSide.

Donate Now

Or you may make a contribution payable to KidSide, Inc. and mail to:

KidSide, Inc.
14261 SW 120 Street #103-552
Miami, FL 33186
Telephone:  (305) 908.1126


KidSide Partners

All proceeds will benefit KidSide, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports Family Court Services in its mission to provide services for those children most victimized by family conflicts. 

KidSide, Inc. is registered to solicit contributions with the State of Florida. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling (800) 435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State.