Raising humans is hard. Find resources in your community that can help provide support to families in need on the front lines.
Bridge A Life – Sarasota
Serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties
Executive Coordinator: Jody Jester
Foster to Foster at Heritage United Methodist Church – Clearwater
“Foster to Foster aims to provide foster families in the Countryside and surrounding communities with the essential things that they need to help their children thrive.”
Redeeming Love Foster Closet – Tampa
“Redeeming Love Foster Closet is a place for licensed foster parents to receive items free of charge to help them care for their foster children.”
Foster Kidz Closet – New Port Richey and Spring Hill
“…To help new foster placement families and children acquire gently used clothing and toys.”
Kidz Closet locations:
4134 Little Rd, New Port Richey, FL 34655
5310 Spring Hill Dr, Spring Hill, FL 34606
Element Church Foster Care Closet – Tampa
“Element Church is delighted to host a foster closet to support foster families by providing material and consumable goods to foster children free of charge.”
Camelot Community Care – Clearwater
“Camelot’s Child Welfare Case Management programs provide dependency and permanency services to children in state custody both in both out of home care and relative/non-relative placements. Certified Case Managers work alongside families to establish goals, creating plans to achieve the goals, providing services to meet needs identified in assessments, monitoring progress toward achievement of the goals, and closing cases when goals have been achieved.
In addition, they address the reasons that they entered the child welfare system with the ultimate goal of reunifying the child with the family. In some cases, the child may not be reunified with the family and in these cases; Camelot works to seek a permanent home for the child through other relatives or adoption. Each day, Camelot serves over 700 children in this program.”
Locations throughout North Central and Southwest Florida
Lutheran Services Florida – Tampa
“LSF helps communities build healthier, happier, and hope-filled tomorrows by impacting the lives of 1 in 50 Floridians through various services offered across the state. We seek to bring healing, hope and help to people in need of all walks of life regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and identity.
LSF is a non-profit organization transforming lives by ensuring safe children, strong families, and vibrant communities. Founded in 1982, LSF currently touches the lives of 1 in 50 Floridians every year through various programs, including early education, youth shelters, foster care, refugee and resettlement services, substance abuse mental health services, and adult guardianship. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, LSF has more than 60 programs throughout Florida and approximately 1,200 dedicated employees.”
Directions for Living – Tampa
“Our Prevention, Wellness, and Recovery services are centered on serving children, adults, and families in the Tampa Bay area who can benefit from enhanced or specialized programs for their needs.
In partnership with Central Florida Behavioral Health Network
Through case management, we provide recovery-based and individualized supports including assessment, linkage, advocacy, and monitoring for adults and children with a severe and persistent mental illness.”
Youth and Family Alternatives – Multiple Locations
“YFA works hard to find a loving and nurturing ‘forever family’ for each local foster child who is available to be adopted. Children of all ages who are available for adoption deserve a family that will provide a safe and stable environment for them, so they can reach their full potential.
In order to recruit the most appropriate adoptive family, Adoption Case Managers conduct a comprehensive Child Study of each child that is available for adoption. The primary goal is to always recruit adoptive parents that will meet the unique needs of each foster child.”
A Door of Hope – Pinellas Park
“At Door of Hope, our vision is to exemplify God’s love for foster children and families by providing a Christian home for every foster child and biblical counsel and supportive services through our partnership with the Christian community.”
West Florida Foster Care Services, Inc.
West Foster Florida Care Services walks future foster families through the licensing process through the 5 Steps Licensing Process:
- Start the Conversation
- Register for Orientation
- Register for PPT Class
- Assigned to a Licensing Specialist
- Placement of Child(ren)
Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives – Multiple Locations
“Eckerd Connects recruits, trains and supports individuals to provide temporary care, love and nurturing to children 0-18 years of age.
In addition to serving as the legal guardian for children, foster parents also serve as mentors who actively help parents improve their ability to safely care for their children. In some cases, foster families may adopt children when the children cannot return to their biological family.
In some locations, Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is available for children and teens ages 3-18 in need of extra care and attention as they await adoption or reunification. Services include basic living and social skills training, educational support and mental health counseling as needed.”