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Protecting kids: Residential Care

Sometimes, children have endured such severe abuse or neglect that they are best served in a group home setting, staffed around-the-clock by dedicated, compassionate, highly trained professionals. Other times, children are part of a large sibling group, and a group home may be the best option.

Our residential homes provide more than safety. They offer counseling, nurturing and encouragement as kids and teens work through intense pain that brought them into our care.

We also provide opportunities for kids to participate in several activities, from horseback riding to art classes and everything in between.

Additionally, teens receive guidance and education as they approach their 18th birthday and prepare to exit foster care on their own – independently and ready for success.

Tree House:
Provides immediate safety for children ages 2 to 11 who need emergency shelter. Offered in Tallahassee.

St. Marks Emergency Shelter
Provides immediate safety for children ages 2 to 17 who need emergency shelter. Offered in Tallahassee.

Teen Parent Program at Buckner Place
Provides safety and guidance to teen moms and their babies; empowers young moms to care for themselves and their children so they may become independent families. Offered in Jacksonville.

Independent Living Apartments at Buckner Place
Provides safe, stable housing for young adults ages 18 to 23 who have exited foster care without families and for teen moms exiting the Teen Parent Program. Provides guidance, encouragement and support as residents prepare for independence and adulthood. Offered in Jacksonville.

Destiny House
Provides a safe haven for teen girls as they prepare for adulthood. Offered in DeLand.

Brian’s House
Provides safety and guidance for teen boys as they prepare for adulthood. Offered in DeLand.

Sunshine House
Provides a nurturing home for kids ages 5 to 12 who receive additional support in their journeys toward healing. Offered in DeLand.

Hacienda Girls Ranch
Provides a safe haven for girls ages 12 to 17 as they prepare for adulthood. Founded by GFWC Florida and offered in Melbourne.

Jimmie Smith Transitional Living Cottages
Provides safe, stable housing for young women ages 18 to 23 who have exited foster care without families. Provides guidance, encouragement and support as residents prepare for independence and adulthood. Offered in Melbourne.

Faine House
Provides safe, stable housing for young adults ages 18 to 23 who have exited foster care without families. Provides guidance, encouragement and support as residents prepare for independence and adulthood. Offered in Orlando.

Joshua House
Five homes across 11 acres provide healing and care to children ages 6 to 17. Offered in Lutz.

Safe Place Shelters
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.

WaveCREST: Serves youth in Fort Pierce

Safe Harbor: Serves youth in Palm Beach County.

Youth who need a Safe Place Shelter can go to any fire station, library or business with the yellow “Safe Place” sign. Youth can also text SAFE and their location to 69866 to find a Safe Place.

Nelle Smith
Provides a safe haven for girls ages 13 to 17 as they prepare for adulthood. Offered in West Palm Beach.

I. Lorraine Thomas Emergency Home for Children
Provides safety and stability to children ages 0 to 12, with a special focus on large sibling groups. Offered in Fort Lauderdale.

We offer this in the following regions:

Additional Resources

Video

Faine House Informational Video

A descriptive story of the problems facing teenagers out of foster care in Central Florida.

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