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Featured Foster Family: Martine Michel

April 29, 2022

Martine Michel may not have taken the route she intended, but she ended up exactly where she needed to be; a foster parent that has provided a loving and supportive home for 16 kids in the past two years. Martine initially wanted to start a group home. She said it has always been a passion […]

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Featured Foster Family: Rose & Melanie Williams

April 29, 2022

Growing up in the foster care system, Rose Williams knew she wanted to give back to children in need. Her and her wife, Melanie, decided that the best way to do that was to become foster parents. “I always chose that I would always do better than the way that my parents were,” said Rose. […]

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Featured Foster Family: Berlyn and Elias Reese

April 29, 2022

Berlyn and Elias Reese have been providing a loving home for children in need since 1989. Their love for children is what inspired them to begin their fostering journey. After 60 kids, Berlyn lost count of how many they’ve had in their home and believes they’ve taken care of well over 100 children by now. […]

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month | How you can help

April 20, 2022

Last year, 1,578 children who were impacted by allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect in the Greater Lakeland area received care from our local Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). With April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, it’s important to highlight the resources in our community that are helping prevent child abuse and neglect. […]

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An emergency in child welfare: supporting the frontline

March 8, 2022

It’s not a top headline or the latest public outrage. It’s a quiet crisis, but one that affects not only the quality of life for kids who enter the foster care system, but also the economic outlook for the entire state. Florida’s child welfare system is understaffed and overwhelmed. Imagine if your local police or […]

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Changing the World One Child at a Time | Jennifer’s My CHS Why

February 4, 2022

Different cultures believe the sunflower is a symbol of anything from positivity and strength to admiration and loyalty.  Jennifer Stenger, a Case Manager with Children’s Home Society of Florida, recently shared how sunflowers became a symbol of connection, commitment and success in her work to serve children. “When I met Amie*, she would not speak […]

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Forever Families | The Edwards

November 18, 2021

The 2021 holiday season will be especially bright for the Edwards family as they spend it together as an official forever family. Michael Edwards adopted siblings Neveah and Jayden from foster care earlier this year. Like many children in foster care, Neveah and Jayden experienced heartbreak and uncertainty in their search for stability. They moved […]

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Thank you Miss. Sandi: Parents as Partners Support Group

November 17, 2021

When April became a mom, she never dreamed her family could be wrapped up in the child welfare system. But without a positive parenting role model, April found herself repeating a cycle she herself endured as a child — and she knew she needed help. With Children’s Home Society of Florida’s (CHS) Parents as Partners […]

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Adoption Success | Officially a Family of Nine

November 8, 2021

November is National Adoption Month – the perfect time to give thanks for adoptive families and shine a light on the children still waiting to find their forever homes. Michael and Savanna recently finalized the adoption of their twins – making this their first holiday season as an official family of nine! But this isn’t […]

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Adoption Success | The Eidukas Family

November 8, 2021

After years in foster care, Liam and Nate finally have a forever home for the holidays. At just three and six-years old, Liam and Nate have spent most of their lives in foster care. Like many children in the child welfare system, their journey to adoption came with heartbreaking losses and the fear of uncertainty. […]

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