A Child's Life

"You're the only family I have ever had. I know that with a little hard work, I can do this."           

- Jen, a teen who found safety at Hansen House

Help more kids


Greater Lakeland

Every year, we help more than 1,200 kids and families in Highlands, Hardee and Polk Counties.

We're determined to create brighter futures for our children. And we succeed.  We change lives.  We help create families ... families like Ron and Violet's.

Ron and Violet's kids

Ron and Violet

Ron and Violet have hearts to help kids.  They open their home to our kids and, most importantly, they open their hearts. They give hurting kids the greatest gift of all: Hope. Read more about how Ron and Violet have grown their forever family through adoption. 

Our community

Already know us for Hansen House? See what else we do to change lives.

Step up. Give today and turn a child's life around. 

Contribute to help renovate Hansen House or donate to help youth exiting the foster care system in Greater Lakeland.

Find out how you can get involved.

Advocate. Take a stand on issues that affect kids' lives.

Welfare Of Children

Every hour of every day, a terrified child relies on the wisdom, decisions and dedication of a child welfare professional. That dedication is often what makes the difference.

The people who choose a career in child welfare work in a daunting field with incredible challenges, but they refuse to give up. They know vulnerable, hurting, frightened children depend on them. And so they persevere.


Though it is my honor to recognize and advocate for these professionals every day, I was especially happy to do so on May 11, which was Child Welfare Professionals Recognition Day, when the state pays tribute to Florida’s unsung heroes. Read More...

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article20956077.html#storylink=cpy

Local contacts

Main phone: (863) 413-3126
1010 E. Rose Street | Lakeland, FL 33801

Eliza McCall-Horne
Executive Director

Janet Caramello
Philanthropy Director

Ellen Boczarski
Charitable Giving Director

David Acevedo
Children's Advocacy Center
(863) 519-3900

News and events

Save the date! Our 2015 Turning Lives Around event will be on Friday, October 23.

Legoland is offering discounted tickets to all of our Children's Home Society of Florida friends and family! For a really limited time, you can buy a ticket for just $30. Plus, $15 of every ticket sold is donated to benefit kids in our community.

To get this great deal - and help kids while you're at it! - you must purchase your ticket(s) through this secure page created especially for our friends. But act fast - this link is only good for a limited time!

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