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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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Welfare and foster care services go virtual during pandemic

September 7, 2020

Trauma support line available for all Floridians The pandemic is leading to changes for a local organization providing welfare and foster care to children in Central Florida. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic doctors and trauma specialists have expressed concern about the potential for abuse by parents and guardians. During a recent round table discussion Florida Governor Ron […]

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Five tips to emotionally prepare for back to school

September 3, 2020

Back to school can be a source of frustration and anxiety for students, parents and teachers amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC cautions returning to school after a public health emergency could present mental health challenges for children and teens resulting in behavioral problems, trouble concentrating and feelings of sadness, anger and fear. Whether kids are headed back […]

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Child adoptions increasing, but experts fear spike in abuse, neglect reports amid COVID-19

September 2, 2020

There was a silver lining that came from the government-mandated, stay-at-home order for Michael and Jen Schron: More time spent with their foster children. Siblings Nicholas and Noah, 10, and 5-year-old Natalia were separated and receiving out-of-home foster care in Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach when Michael and Jen Schron, of Kissimmee, met the […]

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Community Partnership Schools Offer Hope and Opportunities for Kids

August 27, 2020

Community Partnership School Newsletter | August 2020 Because of you, Community Partnership Schools Offer Hope and Opportunities for Kids From March 2020 – July 2020, our Community Partnership Schools: Distributed 287,000+ meals Completed 24,500+ outreach calls to support families struggling through the crisis Provided 7,800+ additional services including rent and utility assistance, Wi-Fi hot spots […]

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Wilkinson students to get shady reception when they return to class

August 19, 2020

Wilkinson Junior High students will be welcomed back to school with a new shady surprise. Social distancing at the school will mean the school’s highly coveted courtyard areas will have lower capacities, meaning more children could have been stuck in the sun if it weren’t for the school’s latest project. A new sun shade will […]

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