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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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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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Fostering in the New Year

My name is Karen Bebnowski and I am the Director of Program Development and Marketing for Families First of Florida, LLC. The New Year provides opportunities for reflection, especially for me. I have been able to a foster and adopt children in ‘the system’; as well as be raised by my own parents who also…

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A Forever Home for the Holidays

A loving family around the holidays is the best gift we can give to our children, including those in foster care. Recently, one of our most deserving kids received the forever family he has so truly desired. JJ’s Christmas wish came true when, Peggie Hargrove his foster parent of 2 years, made him a permanent…

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Foster Care & The Holidays

Families First of Florida has been serving children in therapeutic foster care since 2000.  We understand how difficult this time of year can be for foster children, their families and the foster parents who are caring for them. If you have ever wondered what foster care and the holidays is like, Dr. John N. DeGarmo,…

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Family Mentor Model

Families First of Florida uses a unique model for our therapeutic foster care program to better support both the children and the families they reside with.  Our tag line is Foster Hope for a reason, because we believe all people are on a life journey and the course of treatment is part of that journey. …

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Families First of Florida Expanding Therapeutic Foster Care!

We are so excited about our renewed commitment to our Therapeutic Foster Care program. The Tampa Bay Area desperately needs foster homes for children who are unable to safely reside with their families or origin. With renewed energy and a sense of urgency, Families First of Florida wants to help meet this need. Carolanne Patriaco…

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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.