Foster Care

Paying It Forward

When Shannon Daily, house parent at the Arnette House, was teaching a Life Skills class to foster youth in the Independent Living (IL) program, she never imagined the reaction she would elicit from one of the girls. A few months before Christmas 2013, during a normal Life Skills class, Shannon taught a lesson entitled, Your …

Will You Open Your Heart?

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 Hernando County event aimed at recruiting foster and adoptive parents for Kids Central, Inc. Taking place at the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill on …

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 …

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 …

A Day in the Life of Santa

A day in the Life of Santa, Day-10: Last night I played what will arguable is the second hardest Christmas event of this year, and one that is usually the hardest I face annually: The Lake and Sumter Families foster parent association. The children arrive with both trepidation and excitement. From hearing Leesburg Fire Department’s …

Inside Perspective

Hello, my name is Lakesha G. I am 16 years old and currently in foster care. I would like to share what care really is with outsiders. Foster care is not what people portray it to be. Foster care is a place where kids come if they’ve been abandoned, abused or neglected. For example, if …