Myths Keeping Children from Finding Forever Homes

Original story by Rita Soronen, the president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation. Adapted by Kids Central for Florida’s system. Foster care and group homes have been the topic of many news stories lately. While we absolutely should continue to improve the system, we should also be working harder to ensure that the approximately …

Open Your Heart and Your Home

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 Open Your Heart, a Citrus County event aimed at recruiting foster and adoptive parents for Kids Central. Taking place at the Crystal River Church of God on May 9th, Open …

A Day at “The Hill”

It started out bright and sunshiny, but the weather was positively wintery! The chilly 32 degrees at 8am greeted Rosey Moreno-Jones and a team of Kids Central staff and volunteers. They began feeding, grooming and tacking up her beautiful semi-retired Arabian show horses for KCI foster families to enjoy. The families would participate in a …

Not SCARY After All

Stubborn, determined, driven, tech savvy, caring, and hurt are some of the qualities of our most misunderstood population who needs help: TEENS. Teenagers get such a bad rap, when in reality they, just like the younger children Kids Central cares for, have been abused, neglected or abandoned. They didn’t ask to be mistreated and most …

A Night with Michael Jackson

It is not every day you get to see Cirque du Soleil featuring Michael Jackson hits. When the show came to Gainesville and Kids Central was given free tickets for the local families we serve, that is exactly what happened. Over 50 kids and adults had the opportunity to see the “immersive musical experience”, as …

Local Website Honors Foster Mothers Who Pick Up the Pieces of Children’s Broken Lives

A website that serves adults over the age of 50 in Lake, Marion, and other surrounding Counties honored local foster moms over the age of 50. Read the story here. “Life is so complex out there. It’s gotten so rough for some of the children,” says Bobbi of St. Petersburg, a foster mother with 31 …