Foster Care

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 …

Students in Foster Care Honored for Successes

The Ocala Star Banner featured the Independent Living Graduation Event. Thank you Andy Fillmore for coming out and recognizing the hard work of these youth. To read the article and view pictures from the event click here. Eighteen young adults who believed in themselves and graduated from educational programs over the last year, some after nearly a …

Extended Foster Care Bill Helps Older Teens Further their Education

The Daily Commercial based out of Lake County did an article featuring one of the teens that will benefit from extended foster care. Thank you Theresa Campbell for this feature and taking time to speak with Lakesha. To visit the article click here. Lakesha Griffin is smiling with a sense of relief these days. The …

Critical Need for Extended Foster Care Housing

A bill extending foster care to older youth was signed last May by Governor Rick Scott. Senate Bill 1036, sponsored by Senator Nancy Detert, was renamed Nancy C. Detert Common Sense and Compassion Independent Living Act. Under the new bill, young adults in the child welfare system have the option to remain in foster care …

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 …