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Jocelyn Telson

Jocelyne, a native of Haiti, has devoted her life to public service. After receiving both a Law degree and a Masters in Social Work, she spent over 35 years working in various NY city and state agencies - Foster Care and Adoption Services and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Through it all, Jocelyne never lost her strong attachment to her country Haiti. Upon moving to Florida in January 2010 to reunite with her son Donald, Jocelyne learned about FPDI and the wonderful work being done by the founder Mica de Verteuil. She enthusiastically became a Board member. She endeavors to continue to help children in Haiti who are striving for an education and ultimately to learn a trade. She believes that the success of the Paradis des Indiens schools is a strong testimony of the dedication of all involved.

Upon her retirement, Jocelyne has continued to devote her time and enthusiasm to Haitians in need. Using her expert understanding of State and Federal Agency processes, Jocelyne has guided multiple Haitian Community Organizations in their quest for grants to help Haitians struggling in New York. She has been a Board Member of “Haitian-Americans United for Progress Inc.”, a not for profit organization, helping Haitians in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. She has also conducted Social Evaluations of Haitian children for placement in NYC Public Schools and has facilitated legal adoptions of Haitian children.