Alternative Family Program (AFP) is based on the therapeutic foster home concept of trained sponsors who open their homes to no more than five adults or seniors with mental illness and welcome them into their families. With over 219 beds in 71 licensed care homes covering a 36 county area, sponsors provide 24-hour client supervision, care, and support in exchange for a monthly stipend.
Fort Myers Area
serving Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, & Lee Counties
serving Flagler, Volusia, Levy & Bradford Counties
serving Polk, Highlands & Hardee Counties
serving Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties
serving Pasco County
serving DeSoto, Manatee & Sarasota Counties
South Florida Area
serving Broward County
Tampa Bay Area
serving Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties
A welcoming home for those with mental illness
AFP was bestowed recognition by the American Psychiatric Association for significant achievement with seriously and persistently mentally ill adults, stating that the program was “an outstanding and important model for community mental health.”
“I am very satisfied with the services I have received here. I am very relaxed and content. We are treated like family.”
“I got to practice the skills that I have learned in the Step Program. I have learned steps to be more independent. I have learned to respect my caregiver and self. ”
“I moved in on November 2, 2006 into the best home that I have had in years. At Keith’s I have my own private room with a fish tank, something I have always wanted. I feel so lucky that I found this place.”
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