We offer something few of our kids and families have known: hope.
You may already know us for Clair's House ... see how else we provide hope.
Too many children in our community understand just one thing: fear. They've suffered the brutalities of abuse, the pain of neglect. They've been let down time and time again. They've lost any sense of belonging. They don't know how to trust.
And then they're rescued from their living nightmares. Finally, there's a glimmer of light. There's Children's Home Society of Florida.
Hundreds of kids and teens come to us every year, hurt and confused by the past yet fearful and uncertain about the future. They rely on us for safety, healing, comfort and guidance. Many find acceptance and love with local foster families that have opened their homes to children in need.
But for some especially traumatized teenagers, traditional foster care isn't enough. They need more attention. More counseling. More support.
They find it at Clair's House, our safe haven for teen girls in foster care struggling to cope with their losses and traumas. Embraced by a nurturing “family,” the girls, ages 12 to 17, receive educational support, counseling, recreational opportunities, encouragement and direction.
As we help the girls heal from past traumas, we guide them toward futures of positive decision-making and opportunities to thrive. Some will eventually be able to return home safely, others may find a "forever family" through adoption.
But some will leave Clair's House at 18 to begin life on their own. So, while they're here, we guide them to set and reach educational goals, plan for careers and find safe housing. We also help them learn how to live independently, teaching skills from budgeting to house cleaning, and prepare them for responsibility and positive decision-making.
Help for kids with developmental delays
Families with children ages 0 to 3 who have developmental delays find hope and necessary services through our Early Steps program. Working with the family, our experienced professionals teach parents how to help their kids reach their fullest potential. We also provide necessary therapies and connections to local resources so kids can overcome obstacles and thrive with their families.
Hope for families in crisis
Crises happen. For some families, they happen a lot. And when kids in crisis are also struggling with mental health issues, things escalate fast.
Fortunately, we're here to help. Our experienced counselors understand how to compassionately work with families so they can overcome challenges, improve communication and learn how to appropriately handle stress, anxiety and other strong feelings.
When families need more intense counseling or care, we connect them with other resources and organizations that can best help them through their struggles. We advocate for our kids and families because they need us.
Our goal: to prevent abuse and neglect for more innocent kids, to break the vicious cycle in more Panama City area families.