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Statewide agency takes action against Brevard County youth nonprofit after financial concerns arise

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — A Brevard County nonprofit known for helping youth faces program disruptions and a sheriff’s office probe.

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Concerns have been raised about the Crosswinds Youth Services’ financial accountability.

This could lead to the loss of some youth services, at least temporarily, until the issue is resolved.

Channel 9 has confirmed investigators are looking into an allegation of fraud in connection to Crosswinds Youth Services.

Crosswinds runs an emergency shelter for children and teens in Cocoa, among other resources.

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The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services, an association that works with nonprofits statewide, said in a statement that it took substantial action.

“The Florida Network took substantial action upon learning of Crosswind’s instability, breach of public trust, and lack of quality of care, that included allegations of poor governance and financial oversight. The Florida Network expects high standards from all of our contracted providers. Ensuring that youth receive the best care possible continues to be, and will always remain, our highest priority. We will be working with community leaders and local stakeholders to develop a plan to resume services as soon as safely possible, with accountability and transparency at top of mind. Our youth deserve nothing less.”

Channel 9 was unable to reach Crosswinds for comment Monday afternoon.

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