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20 Ways to Fight Boredom This Summer

Families First of Florida values family connection. We see any activity that engages the family a perfect opportunity for our foster families. Summer is just around the corner, and children will soon have a lot more time on their hands. As the lazy days of summer start to settle in, a common complaint from children…

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National Foster Care Month

With May being National Foster Care Month, Families First of Florida recognizes the importance of every child being raised in a family setting. All children have the right to feeling safe, contributing to and belonging in a family structure. Families First of Florida knows how supporting each other as we raise children from the foster…

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Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is violence that includes “physical violence, sexual violence, stalking and psychological aggression (including coercive tactics) by a current or former intimate partner” (Breiding, Basile, Smith, Black, Mahendra, 2015). It can also include financial manipulation (Goldenberg, Stephenson, Freeland, Finneran, Hadley, 2016). Intimate partner violence is a term that has developed to encompass…

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

What if society was able to stop child abuse before it started? What would the world look like? Would there be no need for the child welfare system or protection for youth. Overall, we would be out of a job. Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is hope. April is National Child Abuse Prevention…

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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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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.