We owe it to kids to constantly do better. So we do.
CHS leads the nation in implementing innovative solutions to address the most pressing challenges facing children, families and communities.
Changing how we serve children in foster care
In partnership with top minds at Microsoft, CHS developed the award-winning, one-of-a-kind solution CaseAIM to improve outcomes for kids by changing the environment in which case managers work.
Our pay-for-success model, currently in pilot stage, is the first of its kind in Florida’s child welfare system. Promising improved outcomes for kids, we’ve invested in a proven strategy – and we’re the only child welfare organization in Florida implementing it.
Parents involved in the child welfare system who participate in our Early Childhood Court receive an abundance of support from a team dedicated to empowering them to achieve their goals. Families that complete the program often reunify within six to nine months.
Bridging the digital divide: Tech Success Florida
Bridging the gap between disadvantaged youth and the technology that can open doors to their future, Tech Success Florida— the only program of its kind — turns odds into opportunities.
Opening doors to success: Community Partnership Schools
Proven to improve academic achievement and lifelong success, Community Partnership Schools bring services right into the school, reaching students and families right where they’re at. A founding partner of the model in Florida, CHS is involved in nearly a dozen Community Partnership Schools.
Bringing hope through trauma-responsive care
Children and adults who have suffered traumatic events – from violence and abuse to military deployment, divorce and unemployment – receive personalized therapy from our trauma-informed counselors. Through this strategy, we change the way we serve, implementing best practices that prevent re-traumatization and promote resiliency.
Telehealth: Bridging the gap for children with Medicaid
Children receiving counseling through CHS can have video consultations with a licensed psychiatrist if they have a mental health diagnosis that may require medication in addition to therapy. Without the telehealth component, many children – particularly those receiving Medicaid – would languish on waiting lists for up to six months before their first appointment with a psychiatrist. Now, they can have their consultation often within a week.
Through our partnership with the Florida Institute of Technology, children in our Early Steps program can have video consultations with an Autism diagnostic specialist before they turn 3. With an extreme shortage of specialists in the Big Bend area – where we provide Early Steps – many children have gone without this critical consultation. Until now.