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A Constant Community

July 29, 2022

Education, in all its forms, is an invaluable asset. When approached correctly, an academic education encourages the curiosity, confidence and critical thinking that help a child blossom into a citizen ready to take on the world. Beyond that, an emotional education that develops soft skills helps parents in need provide for and support their families […]

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Central Florida counties struggle to place foster children aged 13-17

July 21, 2022

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — Allison Merritt and her husband Clay Merritt have two grown children, so for the last decade, they have been welcoming foster children into their Palm Coast home. “Try to provide them some normalcy, a family atmosphere and stuff like that,” Clay Merritt said. Right now, the couple is caring for an […]

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Wilkinson joins elite UCF Community Partnership School certification

June 22, 2022

MIDDLEBURG – The challenge was daunting for officials at Wilkinson Junior High and the Children’s Home Society of Florida, but nothing as daunting as the challenges too many families in the Middleburg and Clay Hill areas face. Together, they committed to working tirelessly for two years to show how the school would benefit from being […]

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Escambia County school navigators so successful, program may continue after funding stops

June 22, 2022

The Escambia County School District’s navigator program has proven to be so successful that Superintendent Tim Smith believes the district will try to keep a scaled-down version of the program going, even after the federal funding that pays for it runs out. This past school year, 32 “navigators” from the Children’s Home Society were placed […]

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Children’s Home Society launches a teddy bear drive to help comfort kiddo clients

June 13, 2022

The Childen’s Home Society of Florida has launched a teddy bear drive to help its young clients. The campaign hopes to collect a total of 500 stuffed animals during the month of June. The Society’s Vice President of Government Relations Summer Pfieffer said a cuddly toy can be a crucial part of the process of […]

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School counselors seeing more signs of student anxiety, depression in wake of pandemic

June 9, 2022

At the height of the pandemic, it was obvious to mental health professionals who specialize in working with Escambia County children that social strains from COVID-19 were taking a toll on their patients. But local licensed professional counselors and clinical social workers didn’t come to understand the full weight of the situation until the kids returned […]

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May showcases importance of foster families in Volusia

May 19, 2022

National Foster Care Appreciation Month in May shines an important light on families and professionals helping children and youth in foster care find safety, stability and success. Although foster families are needed for children of all ages, teenagers are especially in need of homes. Natalie Monzon, public relations specialist for the Children’s Home Society of […]

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CHS Announces Jane Adams as New Board Member

May 12, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has appointed Jane Adams to its statewide Board of Directors. Adams is the former Vice President of University Relations for the University of Florida, where she was responsible for government relations, public relations, marketing and external relations at the national, state and local levels. She retired from the university […]

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CHS Announces Alex Ralicki as New Board Member

May 11, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has appointed Alex Ralicki to its statewide Board of Directors empowering children and their families to find – and pursue – opportunities for success and happiness throughout Florida. Ralicki is a Wealth Manager and Accountant for Ralicki Wealth Management & Trust. After 7 years serving on CHS’ local advisory […]

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Soundside Splendor raises record $350,000 for Children’s Home Society

May 6, 2022

Children’s Home Society of Florida’s annual Soundside Splendor fundraiser returned to the Portofino Island Resort on Pensacola Beach on Sunday to raise a record $350,000 for children and families throughout Pensacola and the Panhandle. More than 400 community members and child advocates joined Honorary Event Chairs Jim and Ann Neal to help raise funds and awareness for […]

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