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Homeless and abused kids in Pensacola-area getting more hope and more help

August 19, 2022

The homeless youth in our community can be hard to spot. “You typically don’t see them on the side of the road holding a sign,” said Leah Harrison, Children’s Home Society of Florida senior director of development and advancement. Harrison said many young people without homes will perpetually couch surf, drifting between different residences. Harrison […]

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Children’s Home Society of Florida wants to erase obstacles faced by families | Opinion

August 19, 2022

Sometimes it’s the statistics that drive me, the numbers I can’t seem to shake. For instance, did you know that one out of every seven children struggle with a developmental delay? Yet only 15% of those one in seven receive early intervention services. It’s heartbreaking to think that families in our community may not know […]

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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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