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An emergency in child welfare: supporting the frontline

March 8, 2022

It’s not a top headline or the latest public outrage. It’s a quiet crisis, but one that affects not only the quality of life for kids who enter the foster care system, but also the economic outlook for the entire state. Florida’s child welfare system is understaffed and overwhelmed. Imagine if your local police or […]

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Poverty exacts toll on children: Community Partnership Schools help change that | Opinion

March 7, 2022

Sad but true: Poverty is a reality far too many families face. Before children in poverty even step foot in a classroom, most are already playing catch-up. Too many begin kindergarten not ready for school and, by the time they reach fourth grade, 50% of those children will not be reading at grade level. Sadly, […]

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Alumni Answer the Call to Careers in Community Service

February 23, 2022

Volunteerism is vital to nonprofit organizations and their beneficiaries, and volunteers derive a sense of fulfillment from giving time and talent. Some occasionally volunteer, such as serving a Thanksgiving meal at a soup kitchen or participating in an annual cleanup event. Others donate their time more regularly, delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors or operating […]

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How Hillsborough’s Mort Elementary community partnership school passes the test | Column

February 21, 2022

Not far from bustling downtown Tampa and just west of University of South Florida, there is a transformative movement happening — one that is changing lives, strengthening families and rarely getting the attention it deserves. In Hillsborough, a county where 12 percent of the population lives in poverty, a startling 30.4 percent are at or […]

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From Surviving to Thriving Through Community Partnership Schools

February 18, 2022

“Counseling has helped me a lot. Its like all the rainy cloud above my head disappeared and its all sunshine now.” Sadie, a senior at one of our community partnership schools, was struggling so much in class that she was risking graduation. Her anxiety – primarily rooted in strained family relationships – was on overdrive […]

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Changing the World One Child at a Time | Jennifer’s My CHS Why

February 4, 2022

Different cultures believe the sunflower is a symbol of anything from positivity and strength to admiration and loyalty.  Jennifer Stenger, a Case Manager with Children’s Home Society of Florida, recently shared how sunflowers became a symbol of connection, commitment and success in her work to serve children. “When I met Amie*, she would not speak […]

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Finding confidence and support with CHS Healthy Families

February 2, 2022

“Healthy Families has helped me a lot — with information, diapers, things for my baby — it also helped me emotionally,” shares Serena, a mother of three. Serena was deep in financial stress felt alone with no one to turn to. She wanted to provide the best for her children, but she struggled to feel […]

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Mentoring Comes Full Circle at Eccleston Elementary

January 20, 2022

“I am a big advocate of mentoring because I grew up in the same populations I now serve. I know their struggle and can honestly say without my mentor, my life could have been completely different”  – Joshua Sharpe, Expanded Learning Coordinator, Community Mentor serving Eccleston Elementary Studies show mentoring promotes positive self-esteem and encourages […]

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Finding support as a family through Counseling

January 10, 2022

The COVID pandemic brought struggles and a sense of helplessness to many individuals and families, including the Blackburn family. Terrance, a single father of three, felt alone and struggled to provide the support and encouragement that his children needed. His children each faced their own challenges – inability to connect with people, coping with the […]

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Providing families a box of creativity across the state through Simply Amazing

December 20, 2021

“The [Simply Amazing] art boxes bring so much joy to children. It’s a great way to have parents bond with their children and also helps them work on developmental milestones along the way,” a CHS Healthy Families team member shares. “It’s fantastic to be able to provide all the materials a family needs to work […]

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