Creating Brighter Tomorrows: Ana Valencia is a Passionate Child Advocate

Ana Valencia, Child Advocate at Golisano Children’s Hospital

Ana Valencia is an incredibly compassionate Child Advocate at Golisano Children’s Hospital. With a heart as big as her smile, Ana is a champion for pediatric patients, ensuring they receive the support and care they need to thrive. She also helps guide families through the rollercoaster of emotions that come with a hospital stay.

During her high school years, Ana developed a deep-seated passion for helping others and making a difference in their lives. She often spent her free time volunteering at the hospital’s customer service department and working as a patient sitter, providing comfort and support to those in need. Driven by that passion for community service, Ana pursued a degree in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University.

After earning her degree, Ana accepted a position as a case manager with the Florida Department of Children & Families. It didn’t take long for Ana to realize she had found her true calling, as she loved making a positive impact in the lives of children and in the community. In her position, Ana played a critical part in providing assistance to families in need while advocating for children’s rights.

Now, as a Child Advocate at Golisano, Ana sees each day as an opportunity to shed light on the challenges and struggles children face. She strongly believes that by educating people and promoting collaboration, we can better understand and support children in our community. As a valued member of the Kids’ Minds Matter team, she is fully committed to making a positive impact on the lives of children by ensuring they feel heard, understood, and empowered.

When she is not working, you can find Ana spending her leisure time with her lively and playful canine companion, Milo. They love to explore the outdoors and often take long walks in the park. On lazier days, Ana and Milo enjoy cuddling on the couch. Apart from spending quality time with Milo, Ana finds peace and relaxation in cleaning and organizing her living space. She enjoys creating a tidy, cozy environment that helps declutter her mind and better focus on helping the people in her community.

Supporting Kids’ Minds Matter is a valuable way for you to make a positive impact in our community. Your contributions help fund crucial roles, like that of child advocates who are essential to promoting the well-being and rights of children, advocating for their best interests. Through your generosity, you support people like Ana, who help families and children access the necessary services and resources they need during challenging times. Your donations are more than just financial contributions; they are lifelines that help ensure that children and families have care and support to live happier, healthier lives.