Raising humans is hard. Find resources in your community that can help provide support to families in need on the front lines.
United Way of Central Florida – Lakeland
“United Way of Central Florida and local experts have identified seven initiatives to address our community’s most critical needs:
Early Childhood Education
George W. Jenkins End Hunger
Community Partnership School
and offers programs to meet these needs.
Top Buttons – Lakeland and Winter Haven
“Top Buttons is a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable and educational organization building self worth in young women. Through our online platforms, educational events, clothing boutiques, and program for teens in need, Top Buttons empowers young women with the resources they need to present their best self to the world without compromise.”
For girls 11-25.
1850 Olympian Way
One Hope United – Multiple Locations
“One Hope United recruits and trains foster parents and provides myriad supportive services to children and families. Foster parents can light a child’s path toward becoming a successful adult.Hundreds of abused, neglected or abandoned children need a stable, nurturing family where they can thrive. One Hope United works to strengthen families, relationships and communication to help children overcome adversity and look forward to a prosperous future.
Parents who foster children through One Hope United have our support every step of the way. We’re always just a phone call away. We offer:
- Ongoing training and development
- 24-hour staff support
- Financial reimbursement
- Support groups
- Respite care for personal time”
Children’s Home Society of Florida – Multiple Locations
CHS serves children and families involved in the child welfare system through dependency case management, early childhood court, foster homes, residential care, empowering parents, adoption, and independent living programs.
ECHO (Everyday Christians Helping Orphans) – Multiple Locations
“Everyday Christians Helping Orphans is a volunteer and donation based not for profit currently operating in Polk, Hardee and Highlands County Florida. We are designed to help provide services and necessities to children in foster, adoptive, relative and non relative care. We do this through our multiple ECHO Shops where caregiving families come every month to get items for the children in their care for FREE. This helps restore dignity to the children who are removed from their homes and a financial relief for those who open their doors.”
Heartland for Children – Bartow
Licensing agency: Contact Susan Ripley, Director of Licensing.
“Mission Statement: Improving safety, permanency, and well-being for all children in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.
Vision Statement: To eliminate child abuse and neglect in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties.”