4 of My Passions: Faith, Family, Foster Care, and Football!

It is such an honor to be a part of the Kids Central team. In addition to being a foster and adoptive parent myself, I work to assist with the recruitment of quality foster and adoptive parents to join us in caring for children and families in our community. I am thankful for the opportunity …

Entertaining Angels

Hebrews 13:2 – Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. What do these words mean and how do they pertain to the mission of fostering and adopting children through our Florida Department of Children and Families? As a recruiter for Kids Central, the nonprofit organization charged with …

Two + Two + Two = Six!

Family:  Joseph & Alexandria, Lake County, married for 5 years Joseph and Alexandria learned about children from foster care who are available for adoption from a family member who works in social services. Until that time, they were unaware of the number of children in their community who were in need of loving families to …

Local Lake County Family Recognized as an Angel in Adoption™

at National Event in Washington, D.C. Lake County, Florida – The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) honored David and Melanie Stimmell as Angels in Adoption™ at an awards ceremony on October 6 and gala on October 7 in Washington, D.C. The Stimmell family was honored for their dedication and service to the care of …

November, National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month, and we’ve been busy here at Kids Central. What does this month mean for Kids Central and children it serves in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit?  It means the staff work tirelessly to recruit new foster parents and potential adoptive parents to care for the children residing in foster homes in …

Meet and Greet the Fosters!

Open Your Heart … and your home to change lives forever. Not just the lives of others, but yours as well.  That’s the message behind Meet and Greet the Fosters, a Citrus County event aimed at recruiting foster and adoptive parents to care for the most vulnerable children. Nearly 2,000 children have been removed from …