We offer something few of our kids and families have known: hope.
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Too many children in our community understand just one thing: fear. They've suffered the brutalities of abuse, the pain of neglect. They've been let down time and time again. They've lost any sense of belonging. They don't know how to trust.
And then they're rescued from their living nightmares. Finally, there's a glimmer of light. There's Children's Home Society of Florida.
Hundreds of kids and teens come to us every year, hurt and confused by the past yet fearful and uncertain about the future. They rely on us for safety, healing, comfort and guidance. Many find acceptance and love with local foster families that have opened their homes to children in need.
But for some especially traumatized kids, traditional foster care isn't enough. They need more attention. More counseling. More support.
I. Lorraine Thomas Children's Home
They find it at the I. Lorraine Thomas Children's Home, our safe haven for boys ages 13 to 17 who hav been removed from their homes after suffering severe abuse or neglect. Embraced by a nurturing “family,” the boys receive therapy, guidance and support as they heal from their pain.
What happens next?
While we care for kids, we also work with their parents to overcome challenges that once threatened the children's safety. Over time, moms and dads learn how to practice positive parenting, and family connections begin to strengthen.
Through counseling, parenting groups and services in the home, families become strong and stable. And, many times, kids can safely return home.
Hope for families in crisis
Crises happen. For some families, they happen a lot. And when kids in crisis are also struggling with mental health issues, things escalate fast.
Fortunately, we're here to help. Our experienced counselors understand how to compassionately work with families so they can overcome challenges, improve communication and learn how to appropriately handle stress, anxiety and other strong feelings.
When families need more intense counseling or care, we connect them with other resources and organizations that can best help them through their struggles. We advocate for our kids and families because they need us.
Our goal: to prevent abuse and neglect for more innocent kids, to break the vicious cycle in more Broward County families.