Children & Family Services

 

Our Services

Our goal is to strengthen Florida families by protecting children from abuse and neglect, ensuring children are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. Varied services work together to ensure a safety net of wraparound support aimed at keeping families together and adults living independently whenever possible.

These services are offered on a referral basis.

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Child Welfare Case Management

Child Welfare Case Management provides protective supervision for children referred by the Florida Abuse Hotline and Child Protective Investigators.  Community-based services are provided in-home and in alternative placements with relatives, non-relatives and licensed foster care settings to ensure safety, well-being and permanency, including adoption, for an active caseload of over 2,000 children.  This project is part of the statewide privatization of state protective services.

Contact Information
Hillsborough County

225 West Busch Blvd,
Tampa FL 33612
P:  813.790.7900

 

Osceola County

111 E. Monument Ave., 6th Floor
Kissimmee, FL  34741
P:  727.254.6809

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Community Assistance & Life Liaison Program (CALL)

The Community Assistance and Life Liaison program (CALL) is a program led by Gulf Coast JFCS in partnership with St. Petersburg Police Department. A team of clinical staff and community navigators are dispatched to non-violent, non-criminal calls to provide a therapeutic, wrap-around response.  The CALL program responds to intoxication, drug overdose, mental health crisis, suicide intervention, truancy, homeless complaints, and neighborhood disputes.

Contact Information

In case of emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
Your request will be routed as needed by St. Petersburg Emergency dispatchers.

Contact information for general program inquiries:

14041 Icot Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33760
P: 727.479.1800

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Diversion & Prevention Programs

Diversion/Prevention Programs provide family intervention and support provides intensive in-home family preservation services and community outreach with the goal of keeping at-risk children “safe at home.”  The program helps the family to identify, and problem solve regarding those issues that lead to abuse and neglect; to learn about, practice, and develop proficiency in strategies to avoid, deal with, or overcome those issues; and to teach and model with the family regarding how to utilize community resources effectively and to their best advantage.  Families at-risk of having their children removed from the home due to abuse/neglect are referred to the program by Child Protection Investigators.

Contact Information

Hillsborough County
P: 813.210.4079
F: 813.375.3987

Pasco County
P: 727.210.8526
F: 727.816.7811

Osceola/Orange Counties
P: 407.615.0695
F: 407.343.4305

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Family Reunification Services

Family Reunification Services designed to complement case management services in Hillsborough County by providing intensive in-home family engagement through case management and therapeutic services to ensure a safe and permanent reunification of the child and family.  Services are designed to respond to individual situations that may include mental health issues of parents and/or their children, substance abuse, and/or significant threats or a recent occurrence of domestic violence in the home.  These events impact the family’s ability to provide a safe environment for the child.

Contact Information

Hillsborough County

3550 West Waters Ave,
Tampa FL 33614
P: 813.915.7105

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Family Services Initiative

Family Service Initiative (FSI) provides navigation services for families in Pinellas County, including access to information, support, and resources, to assist in regaining family stability.

System Navigators work collaboratively with the family to assess, identify, and prioritize a family’s barriers and needs to strengthen family stability. Provide services by developing family-centered, strength-based and needs-driven, Family Support Plans, with family participation.

For families with emergent needs, provide financial resources to the family so that stability is achieved in a 7-10 day service delivery.   For families with more complex needs, provide effective system navigation within a 30-day service delivery.  For families needing truancy navigation, focus on reducing school absences and preventing (further) involvement in the truancy court system.

Contact Information

14041 Icot Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33760
P: 727.888.HELP

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Family Skill Builders

Family Skill Builders (FSB) program designed to reduce child abuse, neglect, family conflict, and child behavior problems.  Improvements to family functioning and protective factors are made by providing in-home therapeutic interventions, case management, parenting education, crisis stabilization, and support.  Services are available to families with children ages 0–17 years who reside in Broward County.  All direct services are provided in-home and/or community settings at times that are “family-friendly,” including evenings, weekends, and holidays with 24/7 staff availability in the event of a crisis.   FSB program referral sources include Broward Sheriff’s Office – Child Protective Investigations Section and Broward Schools.

Contact Information

5400 South University Dr.
Suite 508
Davie, FL 33328
P: 954.252.6413
Crisis Number: 866.517.6593

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Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos

Good Afternoon Friends and Amigos (GAFA) is an after-school program providing tutoring and homework assistance to scholars from Kindergarten to 3rd grade.  Parents/caregivers of participating students are involved in their development and family activities.  Resources are provided to parents/caregivers to help meet identified needs as well as home visitation. Scholars in Kindergarten through third grade may be enrolled at identified elementary schools in Hillsborough County.

Contact Information

14041 Icot Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
P: 813.460.5057

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Healthy Youth Transitions

Healthy Youth Transitions prepares youth ages 15-22 for living in their community and targets youth who are “aging out” of foster care.  Our program targets adjudicated youth, youth in protective supervision, and adjudicated youth in relative and non-relative caregiver living arrangements with significant behavioral and emotional difficulties who require extensive support and individualized services to transition successfully to adulthood and independence. Through the use of a team approach, program staff advocate, and coach youth in independent living skills. 

Contact Information
201 N.E. 40th Court
Oakland Park, FL 33334
P: 954.630.4181
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Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco

The Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco is a program of Gulf Coast JFCS that connects children in foster care with their forever families through adoption. In addition to featuring children, we recruit and support families interested in adoption.

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Kinship Support Program

Kinship Support Program is designed to complement case management services by providing direct support to non-licensed caregivers (relatives and non-relatives) of children in the Hillsborough County child welfare system.   Services provided in the caregivers’ homes and local communities.  The program utilizes direct family involvement to develop an individualized support plan to address necessary services such as case management, caregiver benefit assistance, crisis intervention, and peer support.  Support services are designed to strengthen and stabilize kinship placements to maintain children, requiring out-of-home placement, with their “family” versus licensed foster care.

Contact Information

Hillsborough County

3550 West Waters Ave
Suite 250
Tampa FL 33614
P: 813.459.1601

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Teen Parent Engagement Program

Teen Parent Engagement Program is a leadership program for teen parents. Our primary strategies are a diverse mix of outreach, recruitment, engagement, home visitation, education, screening, mentoring, and case management. On-going engagement activities include training comprised of a two-day group retreat, monthly group workshops, varied mentorship experiences, and in-home visits. In-home visits include case management, developmental screenings, and parenting education.

Contact Information

3550 West Waters Ave
Suite 250
Tampa FL 33614
P: 813.915.7103

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Testimonials

“Love this program. I can tell if something is wrong with my friends. If they are depressed, I can try and do something for them. I have learned a lot. Thank you.” –  Seventh Grade Student


“Love this program. I can tell if something is wrong with my friends. If they are depressed, I can try and do something for them. I have learned a lot. Thank you.” –  Seventh Grade Student

Violence Prevention Program

Violence Prevention Program is an evidence-based intervention offered in nine Pinellas County middle schools to decrease disruptive, aggressive, bullying behavior and substance abuse while simultaneously introducing, practicing and role-playing pro-social behaviors that improve academic performance and overall student success.

Contact Information

14041 Icot Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33760
P: 727.479.1804

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Young Adult Transitional Program

Young Adult Transitional Program in Broward County provides support and assistance to young adults ages 16-24, who have serious emotional/behavioral issues or substance abuse and/or persistent mental illness, with the goal of successful transition into adulthood. 

Contact Information
201 N.E. 40th Court
Oakland Park, FL 33334
P: 954.630.4181
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