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Providing a Place for Children

As public welfare was nonexistent and Jacksonville was struggling to recover from a fire that destroyed the city, many orphans accepted their likely fate of forever fending for themselves. Living in poverty, they received no education or assistance – until Rev. D.W. Comstock rallied community leaders to step up.

Rev. Comstock believed in the potential of these children – and the community. With a staff of two, Children’s Home Society of Florida opened its doors on November 17, 1902, to provide a “family” for the children who had nowhere else to go. Rev. Comstock and – soon after in 1910 – Marcus “Daddy” Fagg were on their side.

Since our founding, CHS has continued to grow and evolve to provide the right services and solutions to address the needs of children and families throughout the changing times ... to help more children realize their full potential.

Enacting Change

Throughout the early part of the 20th century, Daddy Fagg worked tirelessly to share our mission and garner support. Not only did he lead CHS’ efforts in philanthropy, but he also put the organization at the forefront in helping to create, pass and reform child labor and welfare laws still in effect today.

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Meeting the Evolving Needs

As we respond to evolving social needs, our services expand with each decade. Headquartered in Central Florida, more than 2,000 employees annually help 60,000+ children and family members cross bridges to success.

The heart of CHS has always been children. Protecting them in their darkest moments. Guiding and empowering them to reach their full potential. Building bridges so they can know success.

The needs of children and families will continue to grow, continue to evolve. And so will CHS. Because, though we’ve changed over the past century, our roots remain. We will continue to provide children with a strong foundation from which to grow.

With a national reputation, CHS has helped create legislation to protect children’s rights. We played an integral role in enacting Child Labor Laws, then drafted the Compulsory Education Law and rallied for the creation of the State Welfare Board and the agency that would become the Department of Children and Families. More recently, we assumed a lead role in the launch of community based care as Florida underwent a dramatic shift with the privatization of child welfare.

And we continue to do more. Driven to change the future of foster care, we are leading the nation in developing and implementing solutions that will transform the lives and futures of children. For years, CHS had adopted a mission statement of "Embracing Children. Inspiring Lives." to showcase this commitment.

We continue to fight for legislation protecting the rights of children and families, and we’re committed to doing right by kids, illustrated by our continuous accreditation by the Council on Accreditation since 1982.

2,000

Team members

60,000+

Children & family members served every year
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Each Year

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60,000+

Children and families cross bridges to success

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9,000+

Students realize their potential at Community Partnership Schools

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18,000+

Children and families build strong foundations for stable futures through early childhood programs

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Nearly 400

Foster families open hearts and homes to children

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600+

Children find families through adoption

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