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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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

 

View full location details here.

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

Sabal Palm 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 Sabal Palm Elementary.

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Broward County

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

Orange County, Osceola County, and Seminole County

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education. Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

By addressing barriers to learning—poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and others – Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academic supports, health care, counseling, mentoring and more – right at the school. No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike; each one addresses needs unique to its community , allowing students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

Community Partnership Schools are proven to improve student behavior, increase academic gains and graduation rates, and enhance parental involvement. The model helps to provide the learning environments that offer equitable opportunities and success for all students.

In addition to being a founding partner of the Community Partnership SchoolsTM model – along with the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools – CHS is a core partner in 20 Community Partnership Schools:

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts – Miami/Dade County
C.A. Weis Elementary – Escambia County
Dodgertown Elementary – Indian River County
Eccleston Elementary – Orange County
Edward H. White Academy of Leadership – Duval County
Endeavour Elementary – Brevard County
Evans High School – Orange County
Homestead Middle School – Miami/Dade County
Howard Bishop Middle School – Alachua County
Jones High School – Orange County
Keystone Heights Sr. High School – Clay County
Manatee Elementary – Manatee County
Mort Elementary – Hillsborough County
OCPS Academic Center for Excellence – Orange County
Orange Park High School – Clay County
Sabal Palm Elementary – Leon County
Southridge High School – Miami/Dade County
South Woods Elementary School – St. Johns County
Wilkinson Jr. High School – Clay County
The Webster School – St. Johns County

Wraparound Services

Our wraparound process connects and supports youth who have health needs and their families with community-based services and other valuable resources. Families work with Wraparound Specialists and Family Partners using a team-based approach.

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.

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

View full location details here.

Volusia County, Flagler County, and Putnam County

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

View full location details here.

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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

 

Family Visitation Center

Provides a safe, neutral environment in which children and families build positive relationships.

Foster Parent Support

We provide training and support to foster families as they open their hearts and their homes to children in foster care.

Healthy Families

Provides support and guidance to help parents navigate the rollercoaster of parenting. We actively collaborate with families to empower parents to guide their children to reach milestones, learn confidence and prepare to enter kindergarten on track. Services offered prenatal-age 5.

SPARK of Duval

 

Targeted Case Management

Serving children aged 0-17 with behavioral or emotional difficulties, a mental health diagnosis (not a developmental challenge), or destructive behaviors, our program helps families work through tough challenges and reach goals, builds 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, Southwoods Elementary, Wilkinson Junior High, Orange Park High School and Keystone Heights Jr/Sr High.

View full location details here.

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

Community Partnership School

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education. Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

By addressing barriers to learning—poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and others – Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academic supports, health care, counseling, mentoring and more – right at the school. No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike; each one addresses needs unique to its community , allowing students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

Community Partnership Schools are proven to improve student behavior, increase academic gains and graduation rates, and enhance parental involvement. The model helps to provide the learning environments that offer equitable opportunities and success for all students.

In addition to being a founding partner of the Community Partnership SchoolsTM model – along with the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools – CHS is a core partner in 20 Community Partnership Schools:

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts – Miami/Dade County
C.A. Weis Elementary – Escambia County
Dodgertown Elementary – Indian River County
Eccleston Elementary – Orange County
Edward H. White Academy of Leadership – Duval County
Endeavour Elementary – Brevard County
Evans High School – Orange County
Homestead Middle School – Miami/Dade County
Howard Bishop Middle School – Alachua County
Jones High School – Orange County
Keystone Heights Sr. High School – Clay County
Manatee Elementary – Manatee County
Mort Elementary – Hillsborough County
OCPS Academic Center for Excellence – Orange County
Orange Park High School – Clay County
Sabal Palm Elementary – Leon County
Southridge High School – Miami/Dade County
South Woods Elementary School – St. Johns County
Wilkinson Jr. High School – Clay County
The Webster School – St. Johns County

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

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education. Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

By addressing barriers to learning—poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and others – Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academic supports, health care, counseling, mentoring and more – right at the school. No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike; each one addresses needs unique to its community , allowing students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

Community Partnership Schools are proven to improve student behavior, increase academic gains and graduation rates, and enhance parental involvement. The model helps to provide the learning environments that offer equitable opportunities and success for all students.

In addition to being a founding partner of the Community Partnership SchoolsTM model – along with the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools – CHS is a core partner in 20 Community Partnership Schools:

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts – Miami/Dade County
C.A. Weis Elementary – Escambia County
Dodgertown Elementary – Indian River County
Eccleston Elementary – Orange County
Edward H. White Academy of Leadership – Duval County
Endeavour Elementary – Brevard County
Evans High School – Orange County
Homestead Middle School – Miami/Dade County
Howard Bishop Middle School – Alachua County
Jones High School – Orange County
Keystone Heights Sr. High School – Clay County
Manatee Elementary – Manatee County
Mort Elementary – Hillsborough County
OCPS Academic Center for Excellence – Orange County
Orange Park High School – Clay County
Sabal Palm Elementary – Leon County
Southridge High School – Miami/Dade County
South Woods Elementary School – St. Johns County
Wilkinson Jr. High School – Clay County
The Webster School – St. Johns County

View full location details here.

Palm Beach County

Click here to make a referral to any program listed below.

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.

Bridges

Serving families with children ages 0-8 living in Lake Park, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach, we work with families to set and achieve personal and family goals, so they can build their own bridge toward success. The program’s workshops and one-on-one support provide a social atmosphere for community families, and parenting guidance to help parents succeed.

CINS/FINS

Serving families with children who are defiant, truant, and/or struggle with behavioral challenges,  we empower children and teens aged 6-17 to positively build upon their strengths and coach their family through tough topics as an additional layer of support.

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 Visitation Center

Provides a safe, neutral environment in which children and families build positive relationships.

MODEL Mentoring

This program connects kids aged 6-12 who live in a single-parent household in Palm Beach County with mentors. Youth will be matched with a positive adult mentor who will build self-esteem, teach the importance of respecting authority and empower them to achieve educational goals.

Project 18 Mentoring

This program empowers teens in foster care in Palm Beach County. Youth aged 13-21 who live in Palm Beach County qualify for the program. Teens are connected with an adult mentor in the community who help them prepare for the next stage in their life by providing encouragement and guidance.

Safe Place Shelter

Provides emergency shelter, counseling and basic necessities to youth ages 10 to 17 who are in crisis. May also serve as an immediate short-term safe haven for children and teens in foster care.

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program

This evidence-based youth development program build teens’ self-esteem and encourages healthy decision-making to improve students’ educational success, life and leadership skills, and behaviors and relationships.  The program helps teens develop healthy behaviors and life skills, while giving them a sense of purpose.

View full location details here.

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

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education. Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

By addressing barriers to learning—poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and others – Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academic supports, health care, counseling, mentoring and more – right at the school. No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike; each one addresses needs unique to its community , allowing students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

Community Partnership Schools are proven to improve student behavior, increase academic gains and graduation rates, and enhance parental involvement. The model helps to provide the learning environments that offer equitable opportunities and success for all students.

In addition to being a founding partner of the Community Partnership SchoolsTM model – along with the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools – CHS is a core partner in 20 Community Partnership Schools:

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts – Miami/Dade County
C.A. Weis Elementary – Escambia County
Dodgertown Elementary – Indian River County
Eccleston Elementary – Orange County
Edward H. White Academy of Leadership – Duval County
Endeavour Elementary – Brevard County
Evans High School – Orange County
Homestead Middle School – Miami/Dade County
Howard Bishop Middle School – Alachua County
Jones High School – Orange County
Keystone Heights Sr. High School – Clay County
Manatee Elementary – Manatee County
Mort Elementary – Hillsborough County
OCPS Academic Center for Excellence – Orange County
Orange Park High School – Clay County
Sabal Palm Elementary – Leon County
Southridge High School – Miami/Dade County
South Woods Elementary School – St. Johns County
Wilkinson Jr. High School – Clay County
The Webster School – St. Johns County

View full location details here.

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.

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

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Infant Mental Health by 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

Thousands of Florida students arrive to school each day with more than a backpack – they carry baggage beyond their years: hunger, homelessness, poverty, exposure to violence, mental health struggles, inadequate health care and more. They carry so much weight that they simply cannot focus on their education. Often times, these students and their families simply lack access to the opportunities their neighbors and peers may have. For these students, it’s not about raising the ceiling — it’s about raising the ground floor.

Through a long-term partnership with the school district, a college or university, and a health care provider, CHS leads community collaboration to bring resources and opportunities to students and families.

By addressing barriers to learning—poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and others – Community Partnership Schools bring together high-quality academic supports, health care, counseling, mentoring and more – right at the school. No two Community Partnership Schools are exactly alike; each one addresses needs unique to its community , allowing students to focus on their education and future success. But all share a similar model – one with proven methods for accountability and outcomes.

Community Partnership Schools are proven to improve student behavior, increase academic gains and graduation rates, and enhance parental involvement. The model helps to provide the learning environments that offer equitable opportunities and success for all students.

In addition to being a founding partner of the Community Partnership SchoolsTM model – along with the University of Central Florida and Orange County Public Schools – CHS is a core partner in 20 Community Partnership Schools:

Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts – Miami/Dade County
C.A. Weis Elementary – Escambia County
Dodgertown Elementary – Indian River County
Eccleston Elementary – Orange County
Edward H. White Academy of Leadership – Duval County
Endeavour Elementary – Brevard County
Evans High School – Orange County
Homestead Middle School – Miami/Dade County
Howard Bishop Middle School – Alachua County
Jones High School – Orange County
Keystone Heights Sr. High School – Clay County
Manatee Elementary – Manatee County
Mort Elementary – Hillsborough County
OCPS Academic Center for Excellence – Orange County
Orange Park High School – Clay County
Sabal Palm Elementary – Leon County
Southridge High School – Miami/Dade County
South Woods Elementary School – St. Johns County
Wilkinson Jr. High School – Clay County
The Webster School – St. Johns County

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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.

Stop Now and Plan (SNAP)

 

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.

 

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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

Provides a safe, neutral environment in which children and families build positive relationships.

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

Provides support and guidance to help parents navigate the rollercoaster of parenting. We actively collaborate with families to empower parents to guide their children to reach milestones, learn confidence and prepare to enter kindergarten on track. Services offered prenatal-age 5.

Healthy Start

Provide home visiting to improve maternal and infant health outcomes by ensuring access to prenatal and infant health services and providing additional services to reduce risk factors. Florida Hospitals offer the screening to all new parents at the time of delivery.

M-Power House Street Solutions Team

We provide culturally sensitive outreach, prevention and education to the community and youth at risk. We increase runaway and homeless youths’ safety, well-being and self-sufficiency through linkage, service planning, after-care development and follow-up services.  We also provide screenings and assessments to identify at-risk youths’ needs, and we have temporary housing available on a limited basis.

Nurturing Parenting Classes

Provides on-site parenting course utilizing evidence-based curriculum. Classes are open and free to the community.

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.

Weis Elementary 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 Weis Elementary.

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