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The one thing 2020 got right

July 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic created new challenges for families adopting children from foster care this year with courthouse closures, disrupted schedules and a shift from in-person to virtual adoption ceremonies. Despite these hurdles, 157 children in Central Florida were welcomed into their forever families through adoption this year with CHS — exceeding the adoption team’s goal. Families […]

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Mentoring Matters : Amarni and Michael

July 24, 2020

“Hi, my name is Amarni and I’m from Jamaica. I came here when I was 10. I got taken away from my mom a month later and went through the foster care system for eight years. At the end — when I was 17 turning 18 — I met my mentor. He is the coolest […]

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Frankie’s Essay

July 23, 2020

Frankie and his family are survivors of domestic violence. As the Coronavirus spread across Frankie’s local community, he noticed many people were experiencing anxiety – something he has been coping with since his abuse. He told his counselor with the Children’s Home Society of Florida he wanted to help others understand and overcome their anxiety […]

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Children’s Home Society Family Support Warm Line offers free and confidential telehealth counseling

July 20, 2020

Our CHS warm line is making a difference throughout Florida, and we’re honored to share it with the world. Recently, Ashley Meissner, a Licensed Clinical Program Supervisor in Jacksonville, shared our impact and resource with News4Jax. View the segment by clicking below: Originally posted by: News4Jax

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Children’s Home Society of Florida is providing free telehealth counseling for people struggling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic

July 15, 2020

Press Release: In response to the extraordinary number of people struggling with anxiety, depression, grief and trauma in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) has launched the Family Support Warm Line. The free service provides immediate access to confidential telehealth counseling to help individuals and families navigate these difficult […]

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Howard Bishop Middle School officials hope to avoid a “summer slide” exacerbated by COVID-19.

July 10, 2020

Struggling students often find themselves falling further behind their peers in the summer, a phenomenon educators call the “summer slide.” Now they’re worried it will be exacerbated by a “COVID slide,” after children were sent home from schools months early. To keep students at Howard Bishop Middle School from falling further behind than they ordinarily […]

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Doing GOOD for Families During COVID-19

July 10, 2020

In January, mom was promoted to Assistant Manager. She was so excited, she called me to share the good news. In March, mom was laid off due to COVID-19. It was heartbreaking. A single mom with three children, she was struggling to put food on the table. Our Community Partnership School team at Howard Bishop […]

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Children’s Home Society of Florida appoints new regional executive director in Northeast Florida

July 6, 2020

Jacksonville, Fla. (July 6, 2020) — Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS), the state’s largest provider of services to children and families, has named Ernest Hamilton its new regional executive director serving Greater Northeast Florida. Overseeing the First Coast, Gainesville and down through Volusia County, Hamilton will lead operations and business development, focusing on CHS’ […]

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Grad Spotlight: Joshua Oberes

June 22, 2020

“CHS helped to open my mind and helped me when considering what I should do [with my future] and what I can do to impact the people around me.” For Joshua, who was homeschooled until his freshman year, attending Edward H. White Academy of Leadership, A Community Partnership School was a bit of a “culture […]

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We can prevent another COVID-19 crisis if we work together

June 14, 2020

Through all the trials and tribulations of the COVID-19 crisis, one word has reverberated through this community: Together. Shining moments of good have brought us together to provide support, protection and comfort to those who need it most – our elderly, our young, our immune suppressed, our health care workers and others deemed at greatest […]

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