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Keeping Families Together after Domestic Violence

October 25, 2022

We need to talk about the relationship between domestic violence and Florida’s foster care system. It may not shock you to learn that reports of child abuse and neglect often go hand-in-hand with findings of domestic violence. But when a family is in crisis and a child’s safety is at risk, the chaos and trauma […]

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After Ian, we showed compassion. Let’s keep it up | Commentary

October 20, 2022

Sometimes the worst brings out the best. But imagine if the best of humanity shone all the time … if the heart of humankind extolled the compassion and generosity we’re seeing now, in the wake of Ian. Earlier this week, I walked into my office to find bags upon bags of diapers, wipes, paper products, […]

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National Estate Planning Awareness Week | Oct. 17-23

October 18, 2022

Is Your Estate Plan ready for the next Hurricane or Emergency? It’s Never too Early! Make important plans for those you care about during National Estate Planning Awareness Week, October 17-23. Who: Everyone 18 years or older needs a plan, not just the elderly or wealthy. What: Important documents include a Will, Power of Attorney […]

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Important Self-Care Tips | Emotional Wellness Month

October 18, 2022

Although the holiday season brings tremendous joy and togetherness, it can also bring stress and enormous pressure triggering significant mental health challenges. Prioritizing self-care is an effective way to reduce stress, improve well-being and help find peace in challenging situations. Putting mental wellness on the backburner may cause irritability, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, extreme […]

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Licensed child clinical social worker explains rise in young mass shooters following recent shooting by 15-year-old in North Carolina

October 18, 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Six of the nine deadliest U.S. mass shootings since 2018 were committed by people 21 or younger, which according to researchers is a shift from trends in the earlier decades. The shooting in North Carolina Thursday night resulted in the deaths of five people including an off-duty police officer is just the latest in a […]

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CHS Supporting Communities Affected by Hurricane Ian

October 14, 2022

In the weeks since Hurricane Ian made landfall, our communities in Southwest Florida are still reeling from the impact. The devastation in Fort Myers was at a level that no one anticipated or expected. Parts of the city still don’t have power and essential resources like water and diapers are still hard to find. Many […]

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Halloween Safety | Tips for Families

October 10, 2022

Whether spooky or sweet, celebrate Halloween safely with your family this year. If you’re trick-or-treating , remember to stay safe by staying seen: carry glow sticks or flashlights use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers Remind kids to stay in groups […]

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Seminole County nonprofit keeps families together, out of foster care 100% of the time

September 23, 2022

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Nonprofit Healthy Families Seminole at the Children’s Home Society (CHS) of Florida, which works to keep families together and children out of foster care, has seen a 100% success rate this year. Terry and Vedrana Conklin and their 15-month-old son, Lincoln, are living proof. Vedrana lost her job right after COVID […]

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Hurricane Season is here. Stay prepared and informed.

September 21, 2022

It is officially hurricane season! It is extremely important to stay prepared and informed during this time of year. Our Children’s Home Society of Florida Hurricane Preparedness webpage has key information available to you at all times. Below you will find some key reminders for you and your family. Identify important contacts and keep them […]

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Help Me Grow Alachua offers free assessments and resources to help children thrive

September 16, 2022

As new research shows more babies and toddlers may be experiencing developmental delays, it can be a daunting time for new parents anxious about their little ones’ progress. Strikingly, over the past two years, assessments revealed lower than average scores on tests of early learning that include language and motor skills such as standing and walking. Though […]

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