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Programs

Kids Central accepted the responsibility to better lives of children by taking a community approach to the welfare of children and families. In order to achieve the vision of minimizing the number of children in care who require Kids Central supervision, a vast array of community diversion resources is maintained. This offers Child Protective Investigators a wide range of effective diversion and intervention services to the families they serve. This community approach allows Kids Central and its partners to put family support services in place without separating the family and admissions to the child welfare system can be avoided.

As a key component of Family Preservation, Kids Central utilizes internal and contracted diversion programs to divert families from the formal child welfare system. In addition, Kids Central acts as a catalyst to identify, coordinate, and promote development of additional diversion programs in the circuit while effectively monitoring and providing services for those families in need. The reduction of diversion cases can be attributed to the implementation of Safety Methodology with the Department of Children and Families. The only families qualifying for diversionary services are the families that are deemed “safe” but with the risk being “high or very high.” The diversion cases that are “low risk” are referred to a community provider.

Each case identified for diversion receives at least one evidenced-based service provided to them voluntarily. The key to diverting these families from the dependency system relies on service being timely, appropriate and flexible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child or children within the family’s home. A total of 614 cases were diverted to contracted and community-based service providers for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The following diversion services are offered by Kids Central, or its contracted providers to prevent children from being removed from their home after a call was received at the Florida Abuse Hotline.

Baby Sleep Basics

Baby Sleep Basics is a prevention program funded by Kids Central. The program is available to expectant and new mothers in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. Through an educational session, mothers will learn about SIDS and the safest way to put babies to sleep.

Classes are held monthly or as needed on a case-by-cases basis. Attendees who meet specific income level requirements will receive a complimentary pack ‘n’ play.

In order to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in the third trimester of pregnancy or have a child under 12 months of age;
  • Have no pack and play, crib, or have a crib that is broken;
  • Meet the federal poverty guidelines; and,
  • Live in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, or Sumter County.

Referrals are accepted from local agencies such as Healthy Start, Healthy Families, Health Department, as well as self-referrals. If you would like a referral form please click HERE.

For more information, call Kimberly O’Laughlin at 352-387-3549

Educational Advocacy

A data exchange system and policies and procedures for professionals and caretakers have been developed to further increase awareness and identify areas of focus needed by all. Ongoing training is being provided to schools, child welfare professionals, caregivers, biological parents, foster parents, and judiciary professionals. Through data exchange and intensive collaboration, professionals and caretakers become knowledgeable and connected to all academic, medical and mental health service provisions to drive the students’ academic success.

The Educational Liaisons work diligently to advocate for almost 700 school-aged children in Circuit 5. Kids Central’s multi-faceted solution to improving educational outcomes for youth in foster care includes:

  1. Creation of specific policies, procedures and protocols to promote cross-system collaboration that addresses barriers to confidentiality and ensures that appropriate services are provided to students in foster care;
  2. Implementation of an automated, web-based data ex- traction and reporting system to facilitate information sharing;
  3. Collocation of educational facilitators in the targeted school districts;
  4. Designation of a point person from each school to serve as the primary contact and advocate for students in foster care;
  5. Provision of comprehensive training and education to stakeholders;
  6. Improved coordination and provision of necessary educational and support services to children and families; and
  7. Enhanced engagement and involvement of parents and caregivers in the educational process.

For more information, contact Michelle Mongeluzzo at 352-873-6332 or mailto:Michelle.Mongeluzzo@KidsCentralinc.org

Family Behavioral Therapy

Family Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based practice model for the treatment of substance abuse. Substance misuse is the number one reason for children to be removed from their caregivers in Circuit 5, and during 2014-15 fiscal year, 1,493 cases, or 37.78%, involved verified findings for substance misuse. FBT demonstrated effectiveness in achieving outcomes related to drug and alcohol use, depression, family relationship problems, employment and/or school problems, and conduct disorder symptoms. The California Evidenced-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare rated the program “High” for child welfare system relevance.

Family Behavior Therapy includes up to 20 intensive treatment sessions and lasts 4 – 6 months. The model combines behavioral contracting with contingency management. FBT involves the parent along with at least one significant other as a cohabiting partner. When therapy is initiated in homes, the therapist assumes primary responsibility for the adults and the recovery coach serves as a peer leader who encourages, motivates and assists the parent with establishing and/ or strengthening his or her recovery. This combination of having a therapist and recovery coach is referred to as the Family Behavior Therapy Team.

The child-focused treatments are designed to increase the reinforcement value of children, thereby decreasing their risk of child neglect and increasing the desire of parents to spend more time in activities with the children. Several positive parenting treatments are included to teach parents how to differentially reinforce desired behaviors and manage noncompliant behaviors.

FBT is provided by three service providers to serve Kids Central’s families. In Citrus, Hernando and Marion Counties, The Centers provides FBT, and in Lake and Sumter Counties, LifeStream Behavioral Center provides FBT.

Family Connections

Wraparound services continue to receive a great deal of attention. Family Connections is a multi-faceted, community-based service program that works with families in their homes and in the context of their neighborhoods. Family Connections offers linkage and referral, case management, in-home intervention, and service plans using an evidenced-based family assessment.

The goal of Family Connections is to help these families meet the basic needs of their children and reduce the risk of child neglect. Nine practice principles guide Family Connections interventions: community outreach, individualized family assessment, tailored interventions, helping alliance, empowerment approaches, strengths perspective, cultural competence, developmental appropriateness, and outcome-driven service plans. Individualized family intervention is geared to increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and target child safety and wellbeing outcomes.

Family Connections is based on several core components including:
• Extensive outreach and engagement
• Emergency and concrete service provision
• Utilization of a comprehensive family assessment
• Development of outcome-driven service plans
• Change focused interventions n Advocacy/service facilitation
• Multi-family activities
• Service plan evaluation

Family Connections is provided by two service providers to serve Kids Central’s families. In Citrus and Marion Counties, The Centers provides Family Connections, and in Hernando, Lake, and Sumter Counties, Life Stream provides Family Connections.

Family Group Decision Making

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is an effective model of practice which addresses the needs and incorporates the strengths of families in relation to child safety, permanency and wellbeing.

The FGDM approach considers family strengths, family engagement, and informed family decision making as core values when working with children and families. FGDM empowers families to take an active and leadership role in developing plans and making decisions to promote the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of their children.

The FGDM service models are considered best practice approaches to serving the needs of families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system. Utilizing a model that supports family involvement over the entire course of the case, as opposed to a one-time event, truly demonstrates actualization of a family-centered, empowerment focused paradigm. Family Group Decision Making is provided by Devereux in Circuit 5.

Family Resource Centers - Neighborhood Projects

The Neighborhood Projects involve residents, families, and resources from the community to assist families to reach their full potential. The goal is to strengthen families and build strong neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Projects each have a Community Facilitator who works with community residents within an asset-based community development framework to create more support resources for families; to increase access to services by engaging community partners in the coordination of services; and to bring services closer to the people who need them. Staff also works to enhance resources by reducing duplication and encouraging community partners to work together to address local needs. All of the services and activities are endorsed by community residents but guided by research on the development of protective factors in parents and/or developmental assets of youth.

Kids Central Neighborhood Projects are a network of neighborhood-based resource centers. They were created to engage families in services that promote family wellbeing, safety, and health. The projects involve residents, families, and resources from the community to assist families to reach their full potential. The goal is to strengthen families and build strong neighborhoods.

What is offered:

  • GED Resources
  • Job Searches
  • Social Service Referral
  • Trainings and Workshops
  • ACCESS Florida Application Site
  • Family Support Services

For more information, visit a Family Resource Center or contact Jessica Cole at mailto:Jessica.Cole@KidsCentralinc.org

Healthy Start

Every baby deserves a healthy start, and every expectant mother deserves support. Kids Central helps expectant mothers as the managing organization for the statewide Healthy Start program in Hernando, Lake and Alachua Counties. Screenings for this free program are available to all pregnant women and families with babies up to age 3. Other resources for expectant mothers include our Baby Sleep Basics classes and our pregnant inmate diversion program. We are dedicated to helping every baby and family be healthy and happy.

Healthy Start programs offer universal risk screenings for all Florida pregnant
women and infants to ensure early care is directed to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes. Services provided are client-centered, risk-based, voluntary and free with no waiting lists. Initial risks are determined by the prenatal or infant Healthy Start screen completed by the medical provider. Learn More

Kinship Caregiver

Kids Central links caregivers with much-needed services and support. This includes our Kinship Care program, which assists relatives who are caring for relative children but who are not their own biological children. We understand that families come in many shapes and sizes, and by providing the right services at the right time we help diverse families thrive.

To meet the need of the over 14,000 children cared for by relatives in Circuit 5, a comprehensive Kinship Program was created. Kids Central’s Kinship Care support services are part of multi-level prevention programming designed to keep children with family members in safe, nurturing homes. Kinship families are served in and out of the formal child welfare system. The program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the area.

Currently, the Kinship Program provides the following services: monthly support groups, continuation groups, resource direction, ACCESS Florida Assistance, Family Team Coaching, Family Finding, legal services, case management, intergenerational activities, in-home services, educational advocacy, holiday assistance, community navigators and peer mentoring.

Call Tawnya Drent at 352-873-6332 to learn more or receive help.

Nurturing Parenting Programs®

Nurturing Parenting Programs® (NPP) is a set of evidence-based curricula for prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. This in-home parenting program uses a strength-based, research- derived approach designed to ensure families receive the education and tools they need to replace negative patterns with new, positive, nurturing patterns, thus honoring the emotional, physical and spiritual health of the young ones in their care. The philosophy and approach of NPP incorporates the protective factors and aligns with the missions of Kids Central and Devereux Kids.

The program is family-centered, age-specific, assessment- based, and proven. It focuses on five parenting constructs: age-appropriate expectations, empathy, the use of alternatives to corporal punishment, proper family roles, and the empowerment and independence of children. Referrals are received both through the Department of Children and Families and case management entities, and services are provided by Devereux Kids. Children must reside in the home with the parents. Parenting sessions are held in the home on a weekly basis for a minimum of 12 sessions and a maximum of 20 weeks.

Permanency Roundtable

Kids Central Inc. partnered with Casey Family Programs in December 2011 to implement Permanency Roundtable (PRT) Staffings in Circuit 5. Information contained on this website was developed from information provided during trainings and consultation from Casey Family Programs. For additional information and resources visit the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.

A Permanency Roundtable Staffing is an internal staffing conducted for children in foster care that have no permanency options available. Many of these children have spent months or even years lingering in foster care. The purpose of the PRT is to expedite permanency and ensure that all options have been exhausted. PRT also ensures that the child has permanent connections in their life. Throughout the staffing, participants offer creative ideas and develop a plan for the child to achieve permanency.

Permanency Roundtable is a structured two hour staffing that includes six phases (Welcome, Case Presentation, Clarify and Explore, Brainstorm, Create Permanency Action Plan, Debrief) and five specific participants (Case Manager, Case Manager Supervisor, Facilitator, Scribe and Master Practitioner). After the initial PRT, a follow up meeting is held every 30 days until permanency is achieved.

Pregnant Inmate Diversion

In 2013, Kids Central began a formal partnership with Lowell Correctional Institution and Munroe Regional Medical Center in Marion County to divert children born to inmates from the formal child welfare system. All of Florida’s pregnant female inmates are transferred to Lowell Correction Center in Marion County. Lowell identifies expectant inmates and a Kids Central Family Preservation Specialist assists the mother with identifying temporary or permanent caregivers available to safely care for the infant. Historically, these babies were born and then placed in foster care or put up for adoption after the parents’ rights were terminated. This unfunded program saves Florida millions of dollars and places children with family members.

Resource Center

Kids Central’s corporate facility is home to a Resource Center created to assist clients served by Kids Central or partnering agencies. Families receive assistance after a request is made by a staff member from Kids Central or one of its contracted case management agencies.  The center is filled with new and gently-used donated items, including housewares, furniture, linens, clothing and food pantry.  All of the items are passed on to clients at no charge. The Resource Center is not open to the public; all requests must be made by staff.

Please email kim.avera@kidscentralinc.org or call (352) 387-3519 for more information on referring a family.

attend an event

Programs

Kids Central accepted the responsibility to better lives of children by taking a community approach to the welfare of children and families. In order to achieve the vision of minimizing the number of children in care who require Kids Central supervision, a vast array of community diversion resources is maintained. This offers Child Protective Investigators a wide range of effective diversion and intervention services to the families they serve. This community approach allows Kids Central and its partners to put family support services in place without separating the family and admissions to the child welfare system can be avoided.

As a key component of Family Preservation, Kids Central utilizes internal and contracted diversion programs to divert families from the formal child welfare system. In addition, Kids Central acts as a catalyst to identify, coordinate, and promote development of additional diversion programs in the circuit while effectively monitoring and providing services for those families in need. The reduction of diversion cases can be attributed to the implementation of Safety Methodology with the Department of Children and Families. The only families qualifying for diversionary services are the families that are deemed “safe” but with the risk being “high or very high.” The diversion cases that are “low risk” are referred to a community provider.

Each case identified for diversion receives at least one evidenced-based service provided to them voluntarily. The key to diverting these families from the dependency system relies on service being timely, appropriate and flexible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child or children within the family’s home. A total of 614 cases were diverted to contracted and community-based service providers for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The following diversion services are offered by Kids Central, or its contracted providers to prevent children from being removed from their home after a call was received at the Florida Abuse Hotline.

Baby Sleep Basics

Baby Sleep Basics is a prevention program funded by Kids Central. The program is available to expectant and new mothers in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. Through an educational session, mothers will learn about SIDS and the safest way to put babies to sleep.

Classes are held monthly or as needed on a case-by-cases basis. Attendees who meet specific income level requirements will receive a complimentary pack ‘n’ play.

In order to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in the third trimester of pregnancy or have a child under 12 months of age;
  • Have no pack and play, crib, or have a crib that is broken;
  • Meet the federal poverty guidelines; and,
  • Live in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, or Sumter County.

Referrals are accepted from local agencies such as Healthy Start, Healthy Families, Health Department, as well as self-referrals. If you would like a referral form please click HERE.

For more information, call Kimberly O’Laughlin at 352-387-3549

Educational Advocacy

A data exchange system and policies and procedures for professionals and caretakers have been developed to further increase awareness and identify areas of focus needed by all. Ongoing training is being provided to schools, child welfare professionals, caregivers, biological parents, foster parents, and judiciary professionals. Through data exchange and intensive collaboration, professionals and caretakers become knowledgeable and connected to all academic, medical and mental health service provisions to drive the students’ academic success.

The Educational Liaisons work diligently to advocate for almost 700 school-aged children in Circuit 5. Kids Central’s multi-faceted solution to improving educational outcomes for youth in foster care includes:

  1. Creation of specific policies, procedures and protocols to promote cross-system collaboration that addresses barriers to confidentiality and ensures that appropriate services are provided to students in foster care;
  2. Implementation of an automated, web-based data ex- traction and reporting system to facilitate information sharing;
  3. Collocation of educational facilitators in the targeted school districts;
  4. Designation of a point person from each school to serve as the primary contact and advocate for students in foster care;
  5. Provision of comprehensive training and education to stakeholders;
  6. Improved coordination and provision of necessary educational and support services to children and families; and
  7. Enhanced engagement and involvement of parents and caregivers in the educational process.

For more information, contact Michelle Mongeluzzo at 352-873-6332 or mailto:Michelle.Mongeluzzo@KidsCentralinc.org

Family Behavioral Therapy

Family Behavior Therapy is an evidence-based practice model for the treatment of substance abuse. Substance misuse is the number one reason for children to be removed from their caregivers in Circuit 5, and during 2014-15 fiscal year, 1,493 cases, or 37.78%, involved verified findings for substance misuse. FBT demonstrated effectiveness in achieving outcomes related to drug and alcohol use, depression, family relationship problems, employment and/or school problems, and conduct disorder symptoms. The California Evidenced-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare rated the program “High” for child welfare system relevance.

Family Behavior Therapy includes up to 20 intensive treatment sessions and lasts 4 – 6 months. The model combines behavioral contracting with contingency management. FBT involves the parent along with at least one significant other as a cohabiting partner. When therapy is initiated in homes, the therapist assumes primary responsibility for the adults and the recovery coach serves as a peer leader who encourages, motivates and assists the parent with establishing and/ or strengthening his or her recovery. This combination of having a therapist and recovery coach is referred to as the Family Behavior Therapy Team.

The child-focused treatments are designed to increase the reinforcement value of children, thereby decreasing their risk of child neglect and increasing the desire of parents to spend more time in activities with the children. Several positive parenting treatments are included to teach parents how to differentially reinforce desired behaviors and manage noncompliant behaviors.

FBT is provided by three service providers to serve Kids Central’s families. In Citrus, Hernando and Marion Counties, The Centers provides FBT, and in Lake and Sumter Counties, LifeStream Behavioral Center provides FBT.

Family Connections

Wraparound services continue to receive a great deal of attention. Family Connections is a multi-faceted, community-based service program that works with families in their homes and in the context of their neighborhoods. Family Connections offers linkage and referral, case management, in-home intervention, and service plans using an evidenced-based family assessment.

The goal of Family Connections is to help these families meet the basic needs of their children and reduce the risk of child neglect. Nine practice principles guide Family Connections interventions: community outreach, individualized family assessment, tailored interventions, helping alliance, empowerment approaches, strengths perspective, cultural competence, developmental appropriateness, and outcome-driven service plans. Individualized family intervention is geared to increase protective factors, decrease risk factors, and target child safety and wellbeing outcomes.

Family Connections is based on several core components including:
• Extensive outreach and engagement
• Emergency and concrete service provision
• Utilization of a comprehensive family assessment
• Development of outcome-driven service plans
• Change focused interventions n Advocacy/service facilitation
• Multi-family activities
• Service plan evaluation

Family Connections is provided by two service providers to serve Kids Central’s families. In Citrus and Marion Counties, The Centers provides Family Connections, and in Hernando, Lake, and Sumter Counties, Life Stream provides Family Connections.

Family Group Decision Making

Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) is an effective model of practice which addresses the needs and incorporates the strengths of families in relation to child safety, permanency and wellbeing.

The FGDM approach considers family strengths, family engagement, and informed family decision making as core values when working with children and families. FGDM empowers families to take an active and leadership role in developing plans and making decisions to promote the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of their children.

The FGDM service models are considered best practice approaches to serving the needs of families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system. Utilizing a model that supports family involvement over the entire course of the case, as opposed to a one-time event, truly demonstrates actualization of a family-centered, empowerment focused paradigm. Family Group Decision Making is provided by Devereux in Circuit 5.

Family Resource Centers - Neighborhood Projects

The Neighborhood Projects involve residents, families, and resources from the community to assist families to reach their full potential. The goal is to strengthen families and build strong neighborhoods. The Neighborhood Projects each have a Community Facilitator who works with community residents within an asset-based community development framework to create more support resources for families; to increase access to services by engaging community partners in the coordination of services; and to bring services closer to the people who need them. Staff also works to enhance resources by reducing duplication and encouraging community partners to work together to address local needs. All of the services and activities are endorsed by community residents but guided by research on the development of protective factors in parents and/or developmental assets of youth.

Kids Central Neighborhood Projects are a network of neighborhood-based resource centers. They were created to engage families in services that promote family wellbeing, safety, and health. The projects involve residents, families, and resources from the community to assist families to reach their full potential. The goal is to strengthen families and build strong neighborhoods.

What is offered:

  • GED Resources
  • Job Searches
  • Social Service Referral
  • Trainings and Workshops
  • ACCESS Florida Application Site
  • Family Support Services

For more information, visit a Family Resource Center or contact Jessica Cole at mailto:Jessica.Cole@KidsCentralinc.org

Healthy Start

Every baby deserves a healthy start, and every expectant mother deserves support. Kids Central helps expectant mothers as the managing organization for the statewide Healthy Start program in Hernando, Lake and Alachua Counties. Screenings for this free program are available to all pregnant women and families with babies up to age 3. Other resources for expectant mothers include our Baby Sleep Basics classes and our pregnant inmate diversion program. We are dedicated to helping every baby and family be healthy and happy.

Healthy Start programs offer universal risk screenings for all Florida pregnant
women and infants to ensure early care is directed to those families where there is the best chance of preventing or minimizing adverse outcomes. Services provided are client-centered, risk-based, voluntary and free with no waiting lists. Initial risks are determined by the prenatal or infant Healthy Start screen completed by the medical provider. Learn More

Kinship Caregiver

Kids Central links caregivers with much-needed services and support. This includes our Kinship Care program, which assists relatives who are caring for relative children but who are not their own biological children. We understand that families come in many shapes and sizes, and by providing the right services at the right time we help diverse families thrive.

To meet the need of the over 14,000 children cared for by relatives in Circuit 5, a comprehensive Kinship Program was created. Kids Central’s Kinship Care support services are part of multi-level prevention programming designed to keep children with family members in safe, nurturing homes. Kinship families are served in and out of the formal child welfare system. The program continues to evolve to meet the needs of the area.

Currently, the Kinship Program provides the following services: monthly support groups, continuation groups, resource direction, ACCESS Florida Assistance, Family Team Coaching, Family Finding, legal services, case management, intergenerational activities, in-home services, educational advocacy, holiday assistance, community navigators and peer mentoring.

Call Tawnya Drent at 352-873-6332 to learn more or receive help.

Nurturing Parenting Programs®

Nurturing Parenting Programs® (NPP) is a set of evidence-based curricula for prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. This in-home parenting program uses a strength-based, research- derived approach designed to ensure families receive the education and tools they need to replace negative patterns with new, positive, nurturing patterns, thus honoring the emotional, physical and spiritual health of the young ones in their care. The philosophy and approach of NPP incorporates the protective factors and aligns with the missions of Kids Central and Devereux Kids.

The program is family-centered, age-specific, assessment- based, and proven. It focuses on five parenting constructs: age-appropriate expectations, empathy, the use of alternatives to corporal punishment, proper family roles, and the empowerment and independence of children. Referrals are received both through the Department of Children and Families and case management entities, and services are provided by Devereux Kids. Children must reside in the home with the parents. Parenting sessions are held in the home on a weekly basis for a minimum of 12 sessions and a maximum of 20 weeks.

Permanency Roundtable

Kids Central Inc. partnered with Casey Family Programs in December 2011 to implement Permanency Roundtable (PRT) Staffings in Circuit 5. Information contained on this website was developed from information provided during trainings and consultation from Casey Family Programs. For additional information and resources visit the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.

A Permanency Roundtable Staffing is an internal staffing conducted for children in foster care that have no permanency options available. Many of these children have spent months or even years lingering in foster care. The purpose of the PRT is to expedite permanency and ensure that all options have been exhausted. PRT also ensures that the child has permanent connections in their life. Throughout the staffing, participants offer creative ideas and develop a plan for the child to achieve permanency.

Permanency Roundtable is a structured two hour staffing that includes six phases (Welcome, Case Presentation, Clarify and Explore, Brainstorm, Create Permanency Action Plan, Debrief) and five specific participants (Case Manager, Case Manager Supervisor, Facilitator, Scribe and Master Practitioner). After the initial PRT, a follow up meeting is held every 30 days until permanency is achieved.

Pregnant Inmate Diversion

In 2013, Kids Central began a formal partnership with Lowell Correctional Institution and Munroe Regional Medical Center in Marion County to divert children born to inmates from the formal child welfare system. All of Florida’s pregnant female inmates are transferred to Lowell Correction Center in Marion County. Lowell identifies expectant inmates and a Kids Central Family Preservation Specialist assists the mother with identifying temporary or permanent caregivers available to safely care for the infant. Historically, these babies were born and then placed in foster care or put up for adoption after the parents’ rights were terminated. This unfunded program saves Florida millions of dollars and places children with family members.

Resource Center

Kids Central’s corporate facility is home to a Resource Center created to assist clients served by Kids Central or partnering agencies. Families receive assistance after a request is made by a staff member from Kids Central or one of its contracted case management agencies.  The center is filled with new and gently-used donated items, including housewares, furniture, linens, clothing and food pantry.  All of the items are passed on to clients at no charge. The Resource Center is not open to the public; all requests must be made by staff.

Please email kim.avera@kidscentralinc.org or call (352) 387-3519 for more information on referring a family.

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