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Caregiver Well-being to Prevent Child Abuse

April is National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Unfortunately, child abuse happens every day in our community. By addressing it, we can help others become aware and ask questions. It is through real-life conversations that we increase awareness and therefore prevention. Particularly in the field of child abuse prevention, addressing caregiver needs related to…

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The Need for Foster Parents

As I review what’s happening in our state about fostering children, I see many requests from Community Based Care providers mentioning how great this need is. I read many articles of wonderful experiences families experience when they choose to foster and possibly even adopt. I see and hear wonderful stories within our own agency Families…

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The Importance Of Foster Parents

Families First of Florida believes that foster care is about more then a child “doing their time”.  It is about creating life time relationships for these children: people they can trust to give them guidance and safety.  We understand that we heal from the supportive relationships. Even if the home is temporary, the relationship is…

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Encouraging Bonding and Healthy Attachment

When children come into foster care, we learn that many of them have had limited opportunities to develop healthy bonds and attachments to their primary caregivers. Many of our children in care have experienced unhealthy relationships in which their feelings were not properly mirrored by their caregivers; or have experienced relationships with their caregivers where…

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Children and Teens Need Loving Foster Homes

Foster homes, and the parents who provide a safe and nurturing environment for kids in foster care, are in desperate short supply. More than 3500 children and teens have been removed from their biological parents due to abuse or neglect in Hillsborough County. And there are just not enough foster parents to provide a temporary…

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

It is a national effort carried on by activists, community leaders, and national and local organizations, to raise awareness about dating abuse, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating abuse among young people. The National Resource Center on…

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Why Should You Become A Foster Parent With Families First of Florida?

There are many people out there that have toiled over the idea of becoming a foster parent. You feel like you may have something positive to offer to a child in your community. People like you and I become foster parents every week for several different reasons. Do some of the reason below sound like…

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5 Steps in becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent

So, you have been contemplating becoming a foster parent, and you are not sure where to start. Families First of Florida has defined the first five steps on how to get to your goal of supporting and helping youth in need of a family. We recommend you attend Eckerd Connects’ Foster Parent Orientation Night. This…

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New Year’s Resolutions with Kids

The new year offers a fresh start for us all—kids included! New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to teach children about setting goals and sticking to them. Both of which can be challenges for everyone! If you haven’t done so already for 2018, sit down with your children and help them make a New…

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10 New Year Resolutions for Foster Care

Families First of Florida recognizes that not everyone can become a foster parent, everyone can help a child in foster care in some way, and in some fashion. With more children in foster care now than in years past, the foster care system in the United States is in need of attention, and in some…

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Impacting Lives, Strengthening Families

Traumatic experiences make a significant impact on how people cope, learn and interact with others. Families First of Florida’s experienced mental health clinicians provide best practice mental health services with the goal of helping those in our care grow and develop, despite their obstacles.