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.

Kids Central Corporate Office Relocation

Kids Central Corporate Office New Address:
901 Industrial Drive, Suite 200, Wildwood, FL 34785

Kids Central Corporate office is moving. We are relocating from Ocala to Wildwood. The newaddress will be: 901 Industrial Dr. Suite 200, Wildwood, FL 34785, located right off of SR 44 next to the Russell Stover store. Moving to Wildwood allows us to be more centrally located for all five counties we serve: Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter.

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.

 How Faith Calls us to Care for Children in Need

A few years ago, I asked a group of foster parents at a conference why they became12644784_1206389502724179_2110189937083923640_n foster parents.  The answers I received did not surprise me, as so many of them echoed my own reason. The majority I spoke to on that afternoon told me that they felt called by God to look after His children.  For them, and like so many others, foster parenting was simply answering God’s call, and to live a life of faith that demonstrated God’s love for all. Read the rest of Dr. DeGarmo’s blog here.

 3 Reasons You Should Consider Becoming a Foster Parent


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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