Building Better Lives®

Kids Central, Inc. is the nonprofit organization serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. The agency develops and manages a comprehensive, community-based system of care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families. Kids Central is committed to promoting the welfare of expectant mothers, babies, children and young adults through prevention services, in-home care, foster care, and adoption.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston S. Churchill

This holiday season, you have an opportunity to join a circle of people caring for the abused and neglected children. 

By coming together, we can give vulnerable children  experiences which define giftchildhood-camp, music lessons, and field trips. In fact the child welfare system in Florida, sprung from the key tenet that every community is unique and it knows best what its children and families need.

The support of advocates like you have helped give a grandmother caring for her grandson a safe car seat, repair a mother’s stove, provide new school uniforms for children, and so much more. Every contribution, volunteer, and advocate come together to strengthen the families our nonprofit cares for.

Now is the time of year to take a look at ourselves and see what we can do for others. 

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Birth, Step, Foster, Adopt – It is all Family. Build yours with us.

I recently had the opportunity to conduct a Foster/Adoptive Parent Orientation for14317554_1100236250044860_1496516262389471928_nparticipants getting ready to begin Kids Central PRIDE classes starting their journey towards fostering and/or adoption.  Over 70 people attended; the largest orientation we have ever done at Kids Central. What a blessing to stand in front of so many people who have answered the call to care for Florida’s most vulnerable children – the abused, neglected or abandoned. Read the blog here.

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The month of May was National Foster Care Month. I love when the community recognizes the efforts and energy of families who are opening up their home and caring for young people who have been abused, abandoned, and neglected. Over the last almost seven years, Alicia and I have been privileged to welcome more than 30 children into our home. Seven of those young people have stayed with us and are now a part of our Forever Family. We like to call ourselves the #JohnsonDozen. I assure you, there is rarely a dull moment in our home! Read more


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