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Help for Adoptive Parents

Many people recall their childhoods as a time of play, learning, and growth. But for hundreds of local children, this critically formative time has brought the suffering of abuse, abandonment, neglect and trauma. They have a great need for caring homes now to love them, nurture them and show them a more positive way of life.

Adoptive parents become the legal parents to a child, providing a forever family. Both foster and adoptive parenting are vitally important and change the world—one child at a time.

Adoption is the legal process of becoming the parent to a child.  It includes all of the rights and responsibilities of being a parent and includes the duty to protect the child and the responsibility to provide the child with food, shelter, education and health care, including the authority to consent to surgery or other extraordinary medical care in an emergency.

Kids Central is dedicated to supporting local adoptive children and parents. Below is a variety of resources for adoptive parents.

Important Phone Number Contact List

Contact

Adoption Coordinator – JuaNita White
Post Adoption Coordinator – Vilma Caban
Post Adoption Support Specialist – Nancy Rodriguez

Contact Numbers

(352) 387-3457
(352) 387-3432
(352) 387-3431

Post-Adoption Support

Adoption Support Services
Adoption is a lifelong journey. The Adoptive Parent Support Groups provide the needed support after the adoption is finalized.

  • Training on special needs and crisis intervention
  • Advocacy and support for school-related problems
  • Support for birth family connections
  • Linkage to community services
  • Adoption assistance

The goal of Adoption Parent Support is to let you know You Are Not Alone.

Post-Adoption Coordination Services
Post-Adoption Coordination services are available to all adoptive parents until their adopted child turns 18 years old.

For more information or to RSVP to support group, please contact Vilma Caban, Post-Adoption Coordinator, by emailing Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or Sharon Gibbs, Director of Family Preservation, by emailing Sharon.Gibbs@KidsCentralinc.org .

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Citrus County

Held the first Monday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
New Covenant Grace Fellowship
2991 E Thomas St.
Inverness, FL 34453

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Hernando County

Please contact Vilma Caban for more information on the Adoptive Parent Support Group in Hernando County. She can be reached via email at Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or via phone at (352) 873-6332.

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Lake County

Held the fourth Monday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Liberty Baptist Church
11043 True Life Way
Clermont, FL 34711

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Marion County

Held the second Thursday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
10670 SE Maricamp Road
Ocala, FL 34471

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Sumter County

Please contact Vilma Caban for more information on the Adoptive Parent Support Group in Sumter County. She can be reached via email at Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or via phone at (352) 873-6332.

Additional Adoptive Parent Information and Forms

Below is a list of commonly needed forms for adoptive parents.

If you need to update your address, bank information or other details, please contact Nancy Rodriguez at (352) 387-3431 or Nancy.Rodriguez@KidsCentralinc.org .

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Help for Adoptive Parents

Many people recall their childhoods as a time of play, learning, and growth. But for hundreds of local children, this critically formative time has brought the suffering of abuse, abandonment, neglect and trauma. They have a great need for caring homes now to love them, nurture them and show them a more positive way of life.

Adoptive parents become the legal parents to a child, providing a forever family. Both foster and adoptive parenting are vitally important and change the world—one child at a time.

Adoption is the legal process of becoming the parent to a child.  It includes all of the rights and responsibilities of being a parent and includes the duty to protect the child and the responsibility to provide the child with food, shelter, education and health care, including the authority to consent to surgery or other extraordinary medical care in an emergency.

Kids Central is dedicated to supporting local adoptive children and parents. Below is a variety of resources for adoptive parents.

Important Phone Number Contact List

Contact

Adoption Coordinator – JuaNita White
Post Adoption Coordinator – Vilma Caban
Post Adoption Support Specialist – Nancy Rodriguez

Contact Numbers

(352) 387-3457
(352) 387-3432
(352) 387-3431

Post-Adoption Support

Adoption Support Services
Adoption is a lifelong journey. The Adoptive Parent Support Groups provide the needed support after the adoption is finalized.

  • Training on special needs and crisis intervention
  • Advocacy and support for school-related problems
  • Support for birth family connections
  • Linkage to community services
  • Adoption assistance

The goal of Adoption Parent Support is to let you know You Are Not Alone.

Post-Adoption Coordination Services
Post-Adoption Coordination services are available to all adoptive parents until their adopted child turns 18 years old.

For more information or to RSVP to support group, please contact Vilma Caban, Post-Adoption Coordinator, by emailing Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or Sharon Gibbs, Director of Family Preservation, by emailing Sharon.Gibbs@KidsCentralinc.org .

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Citrus County

Held the first Monday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
New Covenant Grace Fellowship
2991 E Thomas St.
Inverness, FL 34453

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Hernando County

Please contact Vilma Caban for more information on the Adoptive Parent Support Group in Hernando County. She can be reached via email at Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or via phone at (352) 873-6332.

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Lake County

Held the fourth Monday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Liberty Baptist Church
11043 True Life Way
Clermont, FL 34711

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Marion County

Held the second Thursday of month – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
10670 SE Maricamp Road
Ocala, FL 34471

Please make sure you RSVP to Vilma Caban by emailng Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or calling (352) 873-6332.

Complimentary childcare provided. 

Adoptive Parent Support Group in Sumter County

Please contact Vilma Caban for more information on the Adoptive Parent Support Group in Sumter County. She can be reached via email at Vilma.Caban@KidsCentralinc.org or via phone at (352) 873-6332.

Additional Adoptive Parent Information and Forms

Below is a list of commonly needed forms for adoptive parents.

If you need to update your address, bank information or other details, please contact Nancy Rodriguez at (352) 387-3431 or Nancy.Rodriguez@KidsCentralinc.org .

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