End Kids’ Tears: Plant a Pinwheel

The Florida Child Abuse hotline received 12,354 reports of child abuse in Circuit 5 during 2013. Over 4,000 children were verified victims of child abuse, neglect, and abandonment in Circuit 5 – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties during 2013. Typically, child abuse and domestic violence occur behind closed doors making it a social ill …

Community Member Donates to Independent Living Youth

In December Hannah Rios, Independent Living (IL) Supervisor was contacted by a community member inquiring about how he could help teens that have aged out of foster care. He understood IL and wanted to specifically assist those youth that were working on their college education. Three youth were identified who were first year college students …

The Loss of an Infant

The death of a child is tragic. The death of an infant in a preventable accident is even more tragic.  Marion County has suffered another accidental suffocation death. According to, a family member was holding the baby on her chest and fell asleep. During the night she rolled over on the baby and the …

New Law goes into Effect

New Law In Effect, Prompts Call for more Central Florida Foster Parents Youth Who Now Turn 18 in Foster Care Eligible to Remain in Foster Care Program as Young Adults Orlando, Florida, (1/8/14) – The Florida Department of Children and Families along with partner Community Based Care Organizations (foster care and adoption related agencies) across …

Godspeed On Your Return

On January 2nd, the Ocala Star Banner published the article, Soldier is half a world away, about the Davis family. Army Specialist Andrew “Andy” Davis is stationed near Kabul, Afghanistan. Mentioned in the article is the Davises’ service, not only over seas, but here at home as foster/adoptive parents. After reading the touching article, Kids …

More Than Shoes

By: Nicole Pulcini Mason On December 20th, I put on a comfortable pair of shoes and prepared for a long day on my feet. It’s been years since I was required to be on my feet all day for work, but today wouldn’t really be a day of work. Yes, I would be officially working, …