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Family Means Forever

October 30, 2020

Melody can describe her kids with just a few words. “They are so silly”, she says with a smile. Melody and Bert have always loved children and even with five biological children of their own, they knew they had room in their heart for more. “We decided to look closer into adoption after we learned […]

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To CHS: Thank you. From: the Blanco Family

October 19, 2020

These words fall short: THANKS … It has been a pleasure to get the support you have given us from such a distinguished program, CHS’ Early Head Start Program. Feeling the trust and support that other people provide is something that motivates a lot and more when people are trained in the area and when […]

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Barbie takes on racism in new video released by toy company

October 16, 2020

Toy manufacturer, Mattel Inc, is making a statement with a recent vlog. In the video blog post, The iconic toy figure Barbie is sending a message to children about how to tackle racism and be a white ally. Experts says the most important thing for parents to do is to have honest conversations and be […]

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Laundry center, clothing exchange helps students in need in Clay County

October 14, 2020

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – Chronic absences due to a lack of clean clothes can take a devastating toll on a student’s overall success in school. By removing access barriers to learning, the Community Partnership Schools model is helping more Clay County children realize their full potential. Ernest Hamilton, the Florida Regional Executive Director for Children’s […]

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First Coast Connect | World Mental Health Day

October 8, 2020

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Andry Sweet, CHS President & CEO spoke with WJCT’s Melissa Ross about the impact of pandemic on mental health and CHS’ work to increase access to mental health care throughout Florida. at the 37:00 minute mark to hear more: WJCT.ORG

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Featured Foster Parent: Cheryl Miller

October 2, 2020

A child’s joy and wonder around the holidays, s’mores by a campfire and family bike rides around the neighborhood  — these are a few of Cheryl Miller’s favorite things about being a foster parent. Cheryl loves to give the children in her home happy memories and positive, family-grounded experiences. She recognizes that each child has […]

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Josh’s Journey

September 29, 2020

After struggling for a while with my family and not getting along with my parents, I was sent to the Wave Crest Shelter in Fort Pierce. I stayed there for around 43 days and started to feel hopeless and was just about ready to give up on myself and my life. To think my parents […]

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Children’s Home Society sees increase in helpline calls from families amid pandemic

September 20, 2020

“I’m afraid,” said one caller. “I’m depressed,” said another. “I’m lonely,” said one more. Many of the teens, young adults and parents who contact the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s helpline ask counselors to confirm whether such statements are signs of mental health issues. Some then ask whether they should seek professional help. With stress, anxiety, and depression on the rise amid the […]

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A Partnership to benefit Ed White Academy of Leadership students

September 15, 2020

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida and the Children’s Home Society of Florida partner up to benefit students at Ed White Academy of Leadership, A Community Partnership School. Ernie Hamilton, the Regional Executive Director of the Children’s Home Society of Florida, and Tiarra Wells-Young, the ESE Lead Teacher at Ed White join Melanie […]

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Don’t let our kids slip through the cracks

September 8, 2020

In the midst of the COVID crisis, I fear one of our most vulnerable populations is slipping through the cracks: homeless and runaway youth. Sometimes referred to as “invisible youth,” these young people have nowhere to call home. Many have run away from turbulent situations, and others simply abandoned. It’s certainly not the life any […]

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