A Child's Life
Realities for former foster youth:

33% will be on the streets within three years
66% are high school dropouts
50% are unemployed
60% will have babies within four years

We offer something else: HOPE




Every year, we help more than 10,000 kids and families in Northeast Florida. We're determined to create brighter futures for our children. And we succeed.  We change lives.  We create families ... like Lenny and Candie's. 

Lenny and Candie

Forever families created through adoptionLongtime foster parents Lenny and Candie have cared for special-needs children for more than a decade. Some, says Lenny, you just plain fall in love with.

“They’re wonderful kids with a misfortune that isn’t any fault of their own. They know they could’ve been left someplace,” Lenny says. “Now they’re home. Now they have a family.” Find out how Lenny and Candie grew their special family through adoption.

Our community

See how we change lives.

Step up. Give today and turn the life around for a child in need. 

Become an advocate.  
Take a stand on issues that affect kids' lives.


We have many opportunities for individuals and groups. We're always looking for help, from working with our kids to beautifying our campus. Get involved now!

Upcoming events

Join us on August 19 for Generations Italiano, a family style dinner in partnership with GastroJax, at the Art Institute of Jacksonville.

32nd Annual Caring Chefs Event
Sunday, October 25


Can we serve you?

Facing an unplanned pregnancy?

Expecting a baby and need guidance and support?

Is your child struggling with a mental health diagnosis?

Struggling to cope with stresses of raising small children?

Overwhelmed with family challenges?

Is your family on the verge of crisis?

Are you caring for a teen who's pregnant

Is your child struggling to cope with life's challenges? Could counseling help?

Can't find the service you're looking for? You may wish to view all services offered in your area by using the MyFlorida 211 website.

Local contacts

Main number: (904) 493-7744
Fax: (904) 348-2818 
3027 San Diego Road | Jacksonville, FL 32207

Kymberly Cook
Executive Director

Foster care inquiries: (904) 493-7711

Adoption inquiries: Kimberly.Fore@chsfl.org

Specific career questions?

Meet our local board.

Donations and special events

Courtney Weatherby-Hunter
Philanthropy Director

Myra Simmons Martinez
Charitable Giving Director

Andrea Dezso
Resource Development Specialist

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