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CHS offers services for children and families in nearly every Florida community. We would be honored to serve your family - please see what services we offer in your community by clicking the boxes below.

Bay County, Calhoun County, Gulf County, Holmes County, Jackson County, and Washington County

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Early Steps

Families raising children ages 0-3 who have a developmental delay receive practical support, guidance, and connections to specialized therapies and care so they can empower their children to reach key milestones. We also coach parents to successfully advocate for their children’s needs and to navigate the complex systems that can provide critical services to their family. Our in-home specialists that help families through this journey have been in their shoes … each one was an Early Steps client before joining the team to guide other families through the unique challenges and rewards of raising children with developmental delays.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

 

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Leon County, Franklin County, Gadsden County, Jefferson County, Liberty County, Wakulla County, Madison County, and Taylor County

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Adoption

In some situations, children can never safely return home. When this occurs, we work diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for.

Post-Adoption Support

To help maintain family stability, we provide family therapy, case management services and support groups for families that have adopted child/ren through the foster care system.

Children’s Advocacy Center

In our warm, friendly center, children who have experienced abuse or neglect take the first step toward healing. Our center is a safe place for children to talk about what happened with compassionate, trained counselors and forensic interviewers. We also provide counseling, medical services and crisis intervention for kids and families affected by abuse or neglect.

Child Protection Team

Our Child Protection Team is sensitive to children’s physical and emotional pain and works closely with local officials to ensure children’s safety and help them begin healing. The Child Protection Team can provide medical diagnosis and evaluation (both onsite at the Children’s Advocacy Center  and at local hospitals), child and family psychosocial assessments, psychological evaluations, specialized and forensic interviews, and expert court testimony.

Early Steps

We help families with children ages 0-3 who have a developmental delay navigate the challenges and celebrate the milestones so they can help their child reach his or her full potential.

Counseling

Comprehensive counseling services empower children, teens, families and adults to work through and overcome roadblocks that may be holding them back from realizing their full potential. With an emphasis in Trauma Informed Care, CHS counselors are trained in Evidence-Based Practices, providing the best possible care to our community. Counseling is offered in homes, schools, offices and online via telehealth.

Community Partnership Schools

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Sabal Palm Elementary.

Dependency Case Management

Children unable to live safely at home find security, guidance and opportunity with CHS’ dependency case management program. Our first priority is their safety and well-being, and we also provide children with opportunities for counseling, tutoring and other educational activities, recreational activities, mentoring and more.

While we protect and nurture children, we work closely with their parents to help them work through the challenges that brought their family into the child welfare system. We connect parents with local resources – including substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, mental health services and more – and empower them to build upon their strengths to complete the steps required to bring their children safely back home.

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Broward County

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Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

View full location details here.

Citrus County, Hernando County, Lake County, and Sumter County

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Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

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Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County

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Adoption

When children in foster care are unable to safely return home, CHS works diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for. As children adopted from foster care often have unique needs or situations, we carefully recruit, train and support families who are eager to welcome home a child through adoption, just as we have since 1902.

Post-Adoption Support

Families that have adopted children from the foster care system often experience unique challenges and situations that may arise due to histories of trauma, instability and boundary difficulties. As trauma can manifest in challenging behaviors, we provide family therapy, case management services and support groups to help maintain family stability.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Early Head Start

Low-income families and those caring for a child in foster care receive practical guidance to become their child’s first teacher. Partnering with families to lay the foundation for children to enter Pre-K on track and ready to learn, Early Head Start provides one-on-one parenting support in the comfort of families’ homes, offering ongoing developmental and cognitive assessments to help prepare children for school. Families also have access to qualified professionals ready to help with questions about child-rearing, from proper nutrition or behavioral challenges to development and age-appropriate discipline. Additionally, we encourage families to develop supportive relationships with each other through regular CHS-sponsored social gatherings and community activities. Through Early Head Start, families build and strengthen their most important relationship: the one they have with each other.

Family Visitation Center

When children and families involved in the child welfare system are temporarily separated, it’s crucial that they build and maintain positive, healthy relationships for successful reunifications. Our Family Visitation Centers provide a safe, neutral environment for families to build and strengthen these relationships while CHS professionals provide mentoring and positive coaching to help nurture strong family bonds.

Foster Parent Recruitment & Support

CHS recruits, trains and supports foster parents excited to open their hearts and homes to children who need a safe place to stay during their time in foster care. In addition to providing stability and care to children, foster parents are important members of the team that works to support the entire family as they work toward reunification or another appropriate goal. In addition to orientation and ongoing trainings, CHS provides foster parents with connections to support groups, community activities and other resources that can help them in their journey. We recruit and support traditional foster homes, medical foster homes to care for children who have more severe medical needs, and therapeutic foster homes to care for children who have more severe behavioral or emotional needs.

Perinatal

First-time parents in Central Florida learn to develop solid, healthy foundations as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting young children. Through one-on-one professional support, parenting classes and a special “mom shop” only for Perinatal participants, families receive personalized guidance and mentoring to build upon their strengths and form strong bonds with their children. Additionally, peer group meetings and social activities encourage parents to connect with and learn from others experiencing similar challenges and joys so families can create lasting support systems.

Targeted Case Management

Families raising children 0-17 who have behavioral or emotional difficulties, a mental health diagnosis, or destructive behaviors receive professional support to navigate local systems and resources that will provide the services and care necessary to bring peace and stability into the home. In partnership with our targeted case managers, families learn to work through tough challenges, reach family goals, build strategies to handle challenging behaviors and situations, and manage stress and frustrations.

Community Partnership Schools

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Eccleston Elementary,  Evans High School, Jones High School and OCPS Academic Center for Excellence.

Wraparound Services

Children and teens struggling with mental health challenges find support, services and connections to other valuable community-based programs so they can find hope, help and pathways toward brighter futures. Our wraparound specialists and family partners work together and closely with youth and their families to identify the right services, and our team-based approach assures families that their voices are heard and that an entire network of support is available to help meet their needs.

Dependency Case Management

Children unable to live safely at home find security, guidance and opportunity with CHS’ dependency case management program. Our first priority is their safety and well-being, and we also provide children with opportunities for counseling, tutoring and other educational activities, recreational activities, mentoring and more.

While we protect and nurture children, we work closely with their parents to help them work through the challenges that brought their family into the child welfare system. We connect parents with local resources – including substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, mental health services and more – and empower them to build upon their strengths to complete the steps required to bring their children safely back home.

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Marion County, Polk County, Highlands County, and Hardee County

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Adoption

When children in foster care are unable to safely return home, CHS works diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for. As children adopted from foster care often have unique needs or situations, we carefully recruit, train and support families who are eager to welcome home a child through adoption, just as we have since 1902.

Children’s Advocacy Center

Children who have experienced abuse or neglect take their first step toward healing in our warm, friendly Children’s Advocacy Center. Our center is a safe place for children to talk about what happened with compassionate, trained counselors and forensic interviewers. Through the Children’s Advocacy Center, we can help protect children from reliving their experience in multiple interviews, as our partnerships and use of technology make it possible for necessary parties, including law enforcement, to use the single interview to help determine appropriate next steps. We also provide counseling, medical services and crisis intervention for kids and families affected by abuse or neglect.

Child Protection Team

When children have experienced abuse or neglect, our Child Protection Team helps them through the difficult journey toward healing. Our team is sensitive to children’s physical and emotional pain and works closely with local officials to ensure children’s safety and to connect them with appropriate services to help them work through their trauma. The Child Protection Team can provide medical diagnosis and evaluation (both onsite at the Children’s Advocacy Center and at local hospitals), child and family psychosocial assessments, psychological evaluations, specialized and forensic interviews, and expert court testimony.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Healthy Families

Raising a baby is stressful – even more so when you don’t have a strong support system or positive parental role models. Through Healthy Families, parents receive encouragement, practical guidance, tools and resources in the comfort of their own homes as they partner with CHS to help their children realize their full potential. During voluntary weekly sessions, parents learn how to help their children reach key developmental milestones – and how to know if their child may be experiencing delays. Healthy Families also coaches overwhelmed parents on how to handle everyday stress, how to make their homes safe for infants and small children, and how to positively engage with their children, including the teaching of age-appropriate discipline. Among families that complete the program, nearly 100% remain free from abuse or neglect, and they also continue to pursue personal and family goals.

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Volusia County, Flagler County, and Putnam County

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Mobile Response Team

If a child, teen or young adult under the age of 25 in Putnam County experiences a crisis, our Mobile Response Team responds within an hour to provide a risk assessment and safety plan. Within 72 hours, we provide crisis counseling and referrals to local resources that can help them work through challenges that led to the crisis.

Healthy Start

Through compassionate, professional, encouraging support, Healthy Start serves pregnant women – many who suffered abuse or neglect as children, struggle with substance dependencies, have a limited support system, and/or struggle financially – and continues to provide parental education and guidance until baby turns 3. In the comfort of families’ own homes, we provide support as moms learn to care for themselves and their developing babies during pregnancy, referrals to childbirth classes, connections to community resources – including counseling and substance abuse treatment, as necessary – support and resources for moms to secure safe sleeping arrangements for baby, developmental screenings and ongoing encouragement, education, and resources so families can create safe, strong foundations.

Foster Parent Recruitment & Support

CHS recruits, trains and supports foster parents excited to open their hearts and homes to children who need a safe place to stay during their time in foster care. In addition to providing stability and care to children, foster parents are important members of the team that works to support the entire family as they work toward reunification or another appropriate goal. In addition to orientation and ongoing trainings, CHS provides foster parents with connections to support groups, community activities and other resources that can help them in their journey. We recruit and support traditional foster homes, medical foster homes to care for children who have more severe medical needs, and therapeutic foster homes to care for children who have more severe behavioral or emotional needs.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

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Baker County, Clay County, Duval County, Nassau County, and St. Johns County

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Acute Intervention Team

This on-call team of trauma-informed counselors provides life-saving treatment for kids experiencing a mental health crisis or on the verge of placement disruption. Counselors remain on call from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. to bring care and understanding to families during their toughest challenges – day or night.

Transitional Trauma Team

To reduce the trauma impact on children and their parents during removal, CHS has mobilized a specialized on-call team of counselors to accompany Child Protective Investigators—The Transitional Trauma Team (TTT). The counselors’ single goal is to minimize any additional trauma for the child and family during and beyond their journey through the child welfare system.

Post-Adoption Support

To help maintain family stability, we provide family therapy, case management services and support groups for families that have adopted child/ren through the foster care system.

Buckner Place

Our Teen Parent Program and Buckner Place in Jacksonville provides safety and guidance to teen moms and their babies as we empower young moms to care for themselves and their children so they can become independent families.

Counseling

Comprehensive counseling services empower children, teens, families and adults to work through and overcome roadblocks that may be holding them back from realizing their full potential. With an emphasis in Trauma Informed Care, CHS counselors are trained in Evidence-Based Practices, providing the best possible care to our community. Counseling is offered in homes, schools, offices and online via telehealth.

Family Life Education

 

Family Services Planning Team

When youth experience severe behavioral or mental health challenges that threaten to interfere with the stability of their family or foster home placement, our Family Services Planning Team links families with services to help keep children stable in their home (or foster home) and out of more intensive residential treatment centers. Our multidisciplinary group of professionals, including case managers and local community providers, works to provide both traditional and non-traditional approaches, such as therapeutic mentorship, behavioral analysis services and other specialized therapies catering to both the mental health and social needs of children and families.

Family Visitation Center

When children and families involved in the child welfare system are temporarily separated, it’s crucial that they build and maintain positive, healthy relationships for successful reunifications. Our Family Visitation Centers provide a safe, neutral environment for families to build and strengthen these relationships while CHS professionals provide mentoring and positive coaching to help nurture strong family bonds.

Foster Parent Support

CHS recruits, trains and supports foster parents excited to open their hearts and homes to children who need a safe place to stay during their time in foster care. In addition to providing stability and care to children, foster parents are important members of the team that works to support the entire family as they work toward reunification or another appropriate goal. In addition to orientation and ongoing trainings, CHS provides foster parents with connections to support groups, community activities and other resources that can help them in their journey. We recruit and support traditional foster homes, medical foster homes to care for children who have more severe medical needs, and therapeutic foster homes to care for children who have more severe behavioral or emotional needs.

Healthy Families

Raising a baby is stressful – even more so when you don’t have a strong support system or positive parental role models. Through Healthy Families, parents receive encouragement, practical guidance, tools and resources in the comfort of their own homes as they partner with CHS to help their children realize their full potential. During voluntary weekly sessions, parents learn how to help their children reach key developmental milestones – and how to know if their child may be experiencing delays. Healthy Families also coaches overwhelmed parents on how to handle everyday stress, how to make their homes safe for infants and small children, and how to positively engage with their children, including the teaching of age-appropriate discipline. Among families that complete the program, nearly 100% remain free from abuse or neglect, and they also continue to pursue personal and family goals.

SPARK of Duval

With goals of preventing teen pregnancy and empowering youth to realize their full potential, SPARK provides youth ages 11-17 with personalized mentoring for a full year, as well as safe-sex education, health referrals, access to community resources and guidance in setting life goals.

Targeted Case Management

Families raising children 0-17 who have behavioral or emotional difficulties, a mental health diagnosis, or destructive behaviors receive professional support to navigate local systems and resources that will provide the services and care necessary to bring peace and stability into the home. In partnership with our targeted case managers, families learn to work through tough challenges, reach family goals, build strategies to handle challenging behaviors and situations, and manage stress and frustrations.

Community Partnership Schools

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Edward H. White Academy of Leadership, The Webster School, South Woods Elementary, Wilkinson Junior High, Orange Park High School and Keystone Jr/Sr High.

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Alachua County, Bradford County, Columbia County, Dixie County, Gilchrist County, Hamilton County, Lafayette County, Levy County, Madison County, Suwanee County, Taylor County, and Union County

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Community Partnership School

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Howard W. Bishop Middle School.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

View full location details here.

Miami-Dade County

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Adoption

When children in foster care are unable to safely return home, CHS works diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for. As children adopted from foster care often have unique needs or situations, we carefully recruit, train and support families who are eager to welcome home a child through adoption, just as we have since 1902.

Healthy Families

Raising a baby is stressful – even more so when you don’t have a strong support system or positive parental role models. Through Healthy Families, parents receive encouragement, practical guidance, tools and resources in the comfort of their own homes as they partner with CHS to help their children realize their full potential. During voluntary weekly sessions, parents learn how to help their children reach key developmental milestones – and how to know if their child may be experiencing delays. Healthy Families also coaches overwhelmed parents on how to handle everyday stress, how to make their homes safe for infants and small children, and how to positively engage with their children, including the teaching of age-appropriate discipline. Among families that complete the program, nearly 100% remain free from abuse or neglect, and they also continue to pursue personal and family goals.

Family Preservation and Stabilization

Families in crisis related to domestic violence, homelessness, substance abuse and other difficult situations, as well as those who have already become involved in the foster care system, participate in an intensive 24-week program as they learn to create safe, strong family foundations and healthy relationships. Throughout the program, families receive home visits, developmental screenings for children, and educational opportunities for parents and children.

Telehealth

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth.

Community Partnership Schools

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Homestead Middle School and Southridge High School.

Dependency Case Management

Children unable to live safely at home find security, guidance and opportunity with CHS’ dependency case management program. Our first priority is their safety and well-being, and we also provide children with opportunities for counseling, tutoring and other educational activities, recreational activities, mentoring and more.

While we protect and nurture children, we work closely with their parents to help them work through the challenges that brought their family into the child welfare system. We connect parents with local resources – including substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, mental health services and more – and empower them to build upon their strengths to complete the steps required to bring their children safely back home.

View full location details here.

Palm Beach County

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Adoption

When children in foster care are unable to safely return home, CHS works diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for. As children adopted from foster care often have unique needs or situations, we carefully recruit, train and support families who are eager to welcome home a child through adoption, just as we have since 1902.

Post-Adoption Support

Families that have adopted children from the foster care system often experience unique challenges and situations that may arise due to histories of trauma, instability and boundary difficulties. As trauma can manifest in challenging behaviors, we provide family therapy, case management services and support groups to help maintain family stability.

Bridges

Families living in Lake Park, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach find support, connections and resources to raise safe, healthy children who are eager to enter school ready to learn. Offered to families with children ages 0-8, Bridges provides a safe, judgment-free environment for parents to set and achieve personal and family goals, and to connect with other families to develop strong community support systems. Through group sessions and one-on-one support, we also guide parents through challenges that accompany colic, tantrums, bullying and more. Additionally, we teach families how to access local resources, from quality childcare and medical services to stable housing and assistance with utilities.

CINS/FINS

Families raising children ages 6-17 who are defiant, truant and/or struggle with behavioral challenges receive tools and practical support, as well as connections to additional resources – including counseling – that can empower them to work through difficult situations. With an underlying goal to prevent entry or re-entry into the juvenile justice system, CHS professionals also coach families through tough topics as an additional layer of support.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Family Visitation Center

When children and families involved in the child welfare system are temporarily separated, it’s crucial that they build and maintain positive, healthy relationships for successful reunifications. Our Family Visitation Centers provide a safe, neutral environment for families to build and strengthen these relationships while CHS professionals provide mentoring and positive coaching to help nurture strong family bonds.

MODEL Mentoring

This program connects kids ages 6-12 who live in a single-parent household with mentors. During their mentoring relationship, positive adult role models help youth build self-esteem, teach the importance of respecting authority and empower them to achieve educational goals.

Project 18 Mentoring

Palm Beach County teens in foster care find positive guidance with an adult mentor in the community who helps them prepare for the next stage in their life. Mentors provide teens with encouragement, guidance and practical advice on everything from building healthy relationships to completing job applications.

Safe Place Shelter

Through our Safe Place emergency shelters, youth ages 10-17 who are in the midst of a crisis find immediate safety, counseling and basic necessities. During their temporary stay with CHS, we also work with their families to access support, therapy and other local resources that can help them address the crises they’ve experienced. Occasionally, our emergency shelters may also serve as a short-term safe haven for children and teens in foster care.

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program

Through TOP, teens learn to develop healthy behaviors and relationships, begin to understand the importance of positive decision-making, and gain life and leadership skills. During their program involvement, teens’ self-esteem increases as they find a sense of purpose

Dependency Case Management

Children unable to live safely at home find security, guidance and opportunity with CHS’ dependency case management program. Our first priority is their safety and well-being, and we also provide children with opportunities for counseling, tutoring and other educational activities, recreational activities, mentoring and more.

While we protect and nurture children, we work closely with their parents to help them work through the challenges that brought their family into the child welfare system. We connect parents with local resources – including substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, mental health services and more – and empower them to build upon their strengths to complete the steps required to bring their children safely back home.

SafeHarbor Emergency Shelter

Through our Safe Place emergency shelters, youth ages 10-17 who are in the midst of a crisis find immediate safety, counseling and basic necessities. During their temporary stay with CHS, we also work with their families to access support, therapy and other local resources that can help them address the crises they’ve experienced.

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Brevard County

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Early Head Start

Low-income families and those caring for a child in foster care receive practical guidance to become their child’s first teacher. Partnering with families to lay the foundation for children to enter Pre-K on track and ready to learn, Early Head Start provides one-on-one parenting support in the comfort of families’ homes, offering ongoing developmental and cognitive assessments to help prepare children for school. Families also have access to qualified professionals ready to help with questions about child-rearing, from proper nutrition or behavioral challenges to development and age-appropriate discipline. Additionally, we encourage families to develop supportive relationships with each other through regular CHS-sponsored social gatherings and community activities. Through Early Head Start, families build and strengthen their most important relationship: the one they have with each other.

Targeted Case Management

Families raising children 0-17 who have behavioral or emotional difficulties, a mental health diagnosis, or destructive behaviors receive professional support to navigate local systems and resources that will provide the services and care necessary to bring peace and stability into the home. In partnership with our targeted case managers, families learn to work through tough challenges, reach family goals, build strategies to handle challenging behaviors and situations, and manage stress and frustrations.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Community Partnership School

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Endeavour Elementary.

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Charlotte County, Collier County, Hendry County, Glades County, and Lee County

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Healthy Families

Raising a baby is stressful – even more so when you don’t have a strong support system or positive parental role models. Through Healthy Families, parents receive encouragement, practical guidance, tools and resources in the comfort of their own homes as they partner with CHS to help their children realize their full potential. During voluntary weekly sessions, parents learn how to help their children reach key developmental milestones – and how to know if their child may be experiencing delays. Healthy Families also coaches overwhelmed parents on how to handle everyday stress, how to make their homes safe for infants and small children, and how to positively engage with their children, including the teaching of age-appropriate discipline. Among families that complete the program, nearly 100% remain free from abuse or neglect, and they also continue to pursue personal and family goals.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Independent Living

As teens in foster care approach their 18th birthday – the day they exit foster care – it’s critical that they understand how to navigate independence, as few have strong support systems that will continue beyond foster care. CHS helps teens prepare for the next stage of their lives by teaching basic life skills such as budgeting, personal hygiene, how to find reliable transportation and housing, how to pursue educational and employment opportunities, and more.

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Desoto County, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, and Sarasota County

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Early Learning Centers Support Team

Families with children ages 0-5 who have experienced trauma and/or who have difficultly regulating their emotions receive weekly trauma-informed counseling sessions to help wade through tough behaviors, including excessive tantrums, biting and hitting, aggression and more. In partnership with early learning centers throughout Pinellas County, we offer these services at no cost to families who have children enrolled in those centers, and counselors can meet with families at the center, in the comfort of their home or even online. Throughout the program, caregivers learn to create strong, positive bonds with their babies and toddlers as they learn practical guidance to deal with difficult behaviors.

Targeted Case Management

Families raising children 0-17 who have behavioral or emotional difficulties, a mental health diagnosis, or destructive behaviors receive professional support to navigate local systems and resources that will provide the services and care necessary to bring peace and stability into the home. In partnership with our targeted case managers, families learn to work through tough challenges, reach family goals, build strategies to handle challenging behaviors and situations, and manage stress and frustrations.

Counseling

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth. Additionally, children receiving counseling through CHS may also receive telepsychiatry services, if appropriate, which can potentially eliminate a six-month waiting list for psychiatric treatment.

Community Partnership School

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Manatee Elementary and Mort Elementary.

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Martin County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, and Indian River County

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Adoption

When children in foster care are unable to safely return home, CHS works diligently to find the right family ready to provide the forever home they’ve been waiting for. As children adopted from foster care often have unique needs or situations, we carefully recruit, train and support families who are eager to welcome home a child through adoption, just as we have since 1902.

Child Protection Team

When children have experienced abuse or neglect, our Child Protection Team helps them through the difficult journey toward healing. Our team is sensitive to children’s physical and emotional pain and works closely with local officials to ensure children’s safety and to connect them with appropriate services to help them work through their trauma. The Child Protection Team can provide medical diagnosis and evaluation (both onsite at the Children’s Advocacy Center and at local hospitals), child and family psychosocial assessments, psychological evaluations, specialized and forensic interviews, and expert court testimony.

CINS/FINS

Families raising children ages 6-17 who are defiant, truant and/or struggle with behavioral challenges receive tools and practical support, as well as connections to additional resources – including counseling – that can empower them to work through difficult situations. With an underlying goal to prevent entry or re-entry into the juvenile justice system, CHS professionals also coach families through tough topics as an additional layer of support.

Teen Life Choices

Working with youth along the Treasure Coast to encourage abstinence as the best—and only surefire—way to prevent pregnancy, the program uses a life-like doll programmed to act like a baby to teach teens what it’s like to be a sole provider for an infant. Students in St. Lucie County qualify.

WaveCREST

Through our Safe Place emergency shelters, youth ages 10-17 who are in the midst of a crisis find immediate safety, counseling and basic necessities. During their temporary stay with CHS, we also work with their families to access support, therapy and other local resources that can help them address the crises they’ve experienced. Occasionally, our emergency shelters may also serve as a short-term safe haven for children and teens in foster care.

Telehealth

Children, teens, adults and families receive individualized, trauma-informed counseling with therapists who help them learn and practice coping techniques, find and build upon strengths, and work through significant challenges that may include trauma, a history of abuse or neglect, grief, depression, anxiety, family challenges and more.

CHS eliminates access barriers to mental health treatment by providing counseling services in homes, in schools, in offices and online through telehealth.

Safe Space Shelters

Through our Safe Place emergency shelters, youth ages 10-17 who are in the midst of a crisis find immediate safety, counseling and basic necessities. During their temporary stay with CHS, we also work with their families to access support, therapy and other local resources that can help them address the crises they’ve experienced. Occasionally, our emergency shelters may also serve as a short-term safe haven for children and teens in foster care.

Transitional Living Programs

Our Transitional Living Programs provide safe, stable housing for young adults ages 18-23 who have exited foster care without families and for those who may otherwise be homeless. In addition to housing, we provide life skills training, educational and employment support and guidance, and connections with local resources as residents prepare for successful independence and adulthood.

DJJ Prevention Services

Youth who have been involved with law enforcement (received a civil citation for misdemeanor charges in lieu of going through the judicial system or have been arrested and offered alternative sanctions) are eligible for this 12 or 16-week evidence-based life skills program. This prevention program offers youth an alternative path and provides them with life skills, individual assessments, service plans, and community service to help prevent further involvement with the Department of Juvenile Justice and help them realize their full potential.

Dependency Case Management

While we protect and nurture children, we work closely with their parents to help them work through the challenges that brought their family into the child welfare system. We connect parents with local resources – including substance abuse counseling, parenting classes, mental health services and more – and empower them to build upon their strengths to complete the steps required to bring their children safely back home.

Community Partnership School

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Dodgertown Elementary.

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Escambia County, Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, and Walton County

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Adoption Support Team

Provides family therapy and case management services for adoptive families, and connects adoptive families with supportive resources and peer groups. Also provides sibling visits to siblings separated through foster care and supervised parent/child visits for children in foster care.

CHS First

Through CHS FIRST, we provide intensive in-home intervention and preservation services to families in crisis.

Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program

Comprehensive counseling services empower children, teens, families and adults to work through and overcome roadblocks that may be holding them back from realizing their full potential. With an emphasis in Trauma Informed Care, CHS counselors are trained in Evidence-Based Practices, providing the best possible care to our community. Counseling is offered in homes, schools, offices and online via telehealth.

Family Visitation Center

When children and families involved in the child welfare system are temporarily separated, it’s crucial that they build and maintain positive, healthy relationships for successful reunifications. Our Family Visitation Centers provide a safe, neutral environment for families to build and strengthen these relationships while CHS professionals provide mentoring and positive coaching to help nurture strong family bonds.

Gulf Corp

Our Gulf Corp program places young adults in conservation crews to learn life skills as they help restore the Panhandle’s Gulf Coast.

Healthy Families

Raising a baby is stressful – even more so when you don’t have a strong support system or positive parental role models. Through Healthy Families, parents receive encouragement, practical guidance, tools and resources in the comfort of their own homes as they partner with CHS to help their children realize their full potential. During voluntary weekly sessions, parents learn how to help their children reach key developmental milestones – and how to know if their child may be experiencing delays. Healthy Families also coaches overwhelmed parents on how to handle everyday stress, how to make their homes safe for infants and small children, and how to positively engage with their children, including the teaching of age-appropriate discipline. Among families that complete the program, nearly 100% remain free from abuse or neglect, and they also continue to pursue personal and family goals.

Healthy Start

Through compassionate, professional, encouraging support, Healthy Start serves pregnant women – many who suffered abuse or neglect as children, struggle with substance dependencies, have a limited support system, and/or struggle financially – and continues to provide parental education and guidance until baby turns 3. In the comfort of families’ own homes, we provide support as moms learn to care for themselves and their developing babies during pregnancy, referrals to childbirth classes, connections to community resources – including counseling and substance abuse treatment, as necessary – support and resources for moms to secure safe sleeping arrangements for baby, developmental screenings and ongoing encouragement, education, and resources so families can create safe, strong foundations.

M-Power House Street Solutions Team

Through culturally sensitive outreach, CHS provides education, support and resources to runaway and homeless youth, connecting them with services that can help them find safety and stability.

teenspace

Our teenspace program provides group instruction for pregnant and parenting students. Participating youth receive home-visiting services with a focus on literacy and child development.

Youthworks

Our YouthWorks program provides flexible services to teens at-risk of dropping out of school, as well as those who’ve already dropped out. The program services help them finish their high school educations and transition into employment.

Community Partnership Schools

Through extended and expanded services right at school, we offer  comprehensive support and services including parent and community engagement, extended after-school activity and access to primary healthcare. This is offered to all students at Weis Elementary.

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