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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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Overcoming New Parent Stress with CHS Healthy Families

July 12, 2022

When you’re a new parent, it can be overwhelming, confusing and, sometimes a bit scary. Catherine related to these feelings because she was an expecting mother dealing with a lot of life changes all at once. “My husband and I found out we were pregnant weeks after leaving the military. We came to a quick […]

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5 Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students this Summer

June 23, 2022

Are you a high school student looking to volunteer? Do you need community service hours? Children’s Home Society of Florida has opportunities for you! Whether you have an hour a week or a few hours each month, here are five volunteer opportunities for you. Create Positive Affirmation Jars for Kids 💌 Negative thinking patterns can […]

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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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Reunification Highlight: Jacqueline Perez

June 15, 2022

For National Reunification Month, we want to shed light on the work and commitment  parents put into getting their children back home. When children enter the child welfare system, the goal for CHS is to help families overcome challenges so they may bring their children home safely. Reunification is possible once a home is deemed […]

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National Reunification Month Employee Highlight

June 14, 2022

For National Reunification Month, we want to recognize the people and efforts that help families stay together. It’s a celebration of the year-round work by parents, family members, social workers, and the community to reunify children with their families. At CHS, employees work closely with families to achieve the goal of reunification. Employees like Sandi […]

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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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Reunification Highlight: Misty

June 2, 2022

“Silence is definitely different inside your home when your children are not there,” said Misty. With June being National Reunification Month, we want to highlight all of the families who have overcome challenges to successfully bring their children back home safely. Misty is one of those success stories. She had her 5 children removed from […]

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Water Safety Tips

May 27, 2022

Living in the sunshine state means spending the summer months with loved ones by the pool or at the beach. Water can provide fun activities everyone, but it can also pose dangers for children. To keep water activities fun and safe for all, it’s important to establish safety practices to prevent drowning. Here are some […]

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If you’re a doer, be a good one

May 6, 2022

I didn’t know what an engineer was until I was in college. I knew what a nurse did, because my mom was a nurse. It wasn’t until college that I had access to the worlds beyond that of my home or the small town I grew up in. I’m not alone. Throughout Florida, thousands of […]

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