Success Stories

Reunification: The Journey

By: Barbara Myshrall What image comes to mind when you think of child welfare? Is it dark images of children being taken from their parents because they can’t safely care for them? Parents with drug addictions, domestic violence issues and unsafe living conditions? Or do you picture foster parents who help to heal and care …

Equine Experience: Riding, Caring, & Healing at MTRA

As of today, the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association has worked with over 30 children who are living in foster care. The program provides a recreational and therapeutic activity allowing children to build relationships, confidence, leadership, self-esteem and many other life skills through a relationship with a horse. This is accomplished through once a week hour …

A New Heart

When 57-year-old Joyce went for her annual routine check-up at the physician’s office, she was not expecting to hear bad news. She was only concerned about paying her co-pay. You see, Joyce, lives on a very low, fixed income which doesn’t provide much room for medical co-pays and extra expenses or groceries. Joyce shared how …

Two All Pro Dad Hall of Fame Award Winners – The Johnson and Campos-Pinto Families

Pro Football Hall of Famer, Tony Dungy, and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) recognized six exceptional foster families in Florida by presenting them with their organizations’ joint inaugural Hall of Fame Award on May 3 at a luncheon in Tampa. “This is quite an honor for me to recognize these special families …

All Pro Dad Hall of Fame Award Winner – The Johnsons

All Pro Dad recognized foster families with awards presented at the 1st Annual Florida Foster Family Hall of Fame Luncheon with Tony Dungy in Tampa. The Johnson family, a foster/adoptive family licensed by Kids Central, was nominated for the Hall of Fame award for their outstanding ability to provide a stable and supportive environment. Not …

A Bright Future

It can be easy to focus on the negatives in life. Things do not always go our way, and we are faced with the choice to let those negative things define us or move past them and make our life better than we thought possible. Jesse, an Independent Living youth, is proof of the latter. She …