Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights – Everyone has seen the movie that brings back memories of their adolescent years. This is a time when you’re 17 years old and all you’re thinking about is the high school football game or the school dance, pep rallies, or what college you want to apply too. These are the typical …

Local Case Manager Awarded National VERONICA Award by the Superstar Foundation

Child welfare case managers lead very stressful, busy lives caring for society’s most vulnerable children and families. Every family on their caseloads has unique complexities and considerations, making it even more important to recognize exceptional work. Additional coverage at Daily Commercial. Kelly Thompkins, a caseworker in the Tavares office of the Children’s Home Society, is a …

What Can a Haircut do for Someone?

By Melissa Casto, MA Haircuts are very personal, at any age, and most people take a great deal of time planning their next haircut or hair style.  Going to the barber or to the salon is something that most people enjoy doing. For some children living in relative caregiver homes getting a haircut is a luxury …

Kids Central Stakeholder Update

Dear Stakeholders, I want to update our partners and community leaders on an important change occurring at Kids Central. During this fiscal year, Kids Central will collaborate with our CMAs to restructure case management services in Circuit 5 (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties). To improve services and outcomes for children and families, we …

When Things Are More Than Things

Take a moment to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Imagine that you are a grandparent to three wonderful kids, ages 3, 6 and 9. One day, they show up on your doorstep with three tiny little plastic bags. Your daughter-in-law quickly explains she can’t take care of them and leaves. You look inside their …

Florida Sterling Council and Governor Scott Recognizes Kids Central with Governor’s Sterling Award

Kids Central was named one of seven Governor’s Sterling Award winners. The prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award will be bestowed at the 2015 Governor’s Sterling Award Banquet at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes on Friday, June 5, 2015. Kids Central is the community-based child welfare lead agency for Florida’s Judicial 5th Circuit serving Citrus, Hernando, …