Building Better Lives®

TOFK linkKids 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.

Together with involvement from the communities we serve, Kids Central is Building Better Lives® and strengthening families in our part of the Sunshine State.

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Kids Central Partners to Prevent Drownings

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1–19. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents. In an effort protect Marion County’s children and reduce the number of drownings, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County and Kids Central, Inc. are partnering to provide summer swimming lessons to Marion County children and teens. Learn more.

A Night with Michael Jackson

It is not every day you get to see Cirque du Soleil featuring Michael Jackson hits. When the show came to Gainesville and Kids Central was given free tickets for the local families we serve, that is exactly what happened. Over 50 kids and adults had the opportunity to see the “immersive musical experience”, as the website describes it.

One such family who had the chance to go was the Burnham family. The Burnham family includes mom and dad, Melissa and Craig, and their eight kids. Melissa happens to be a huge fan of Cirque du Soleil and was really excited when she got the email from Joy Foreman at Kids Central about the tickets. It was short notice, only a day in advance, but the family of 10 still made it work, unbeknownst to the kids. Melissa and Craig decided it would be a surprise for their eight kids, three biological and five adopted. Read the entire story. 

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