We offer something few of our kids and families have known: hope.
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.
What happens next?
While we care for kids, we also work with their parents to overcome challenges that once threatened the children's safety. Through counseling, parenting groups and services in the home, families become strong and stable. And, often, kids can safely return home.
Hope for families in crisis
Crises happen. For some families, they happen a lot.
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.
Kids struggling to heal from severe trauma find help through our Trauma Recovery Initiative, an intensive counseling program that works in collaboration with several leading organizations and universities. Our experts understand how to guide children through their journeys of healing.
Starting fresh: Helping families raise safe, healthy kids
Being a parent can be really overwhelming! Especially if you were raised in an abusive home. Or if you're in a violent relationship. Or battling an addiction.
So we offer our Healthy Families program to help new parents struggling with the demands and responsibilities of raising small children. Dedicated professionals coach moms and dads through trying times and teach positive parenting, healthy ways to handle stress and more.
Our goal: to prevent abuse and neglect for more innocent kids, to break the vicious cycle in more local families.