Foster or Adoption?

In the communities of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion or Sumter County, Florida, approximately 1,600 children are living in crisis every day. Kids Central recruits, trains, licenses, and supports foster parents and children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Resource parents provide nurturing, temporary homes to children during their greatest moment of need. Resource parents provide a loving refuge until the child is able to return home or transition to a permanent living arrangement. Kids Central’s caring foster parents are everyday heroes who make lifelong difference in just a short time.


Give The Gift Of A Family

Many people recall their childhoods as a time of play, learning, and growth. But for hundreds of local children, this critically formative time has brought the suffering of abuse, abandonment, neglect, and trauma. They have a great need for caring homes now to love them, nurture them and show them a more positive way of life.

Foster and adoptive parents respond with compassion and love to fill this need. Foster parents provide caring temporary homes to children in need, creating a lifelong impact in a relatively short period of time. Adoptive parents become the legal parents to a child, providing a forever family. Both foster and adoptive parenting are vitally important and change the world—one child at a time.

Is Fostering Or Adoption Right For You?

Ask yourself the following questions to help decide if becoming a foster or adoptive parent is right for you. Will you be able to:

  • Love and care for a child with a challenging background and sometimes difficult behavior?
  • Help the child develop a sense of belonging and security in your home—whether on a temporary basis or as a permanent family member?

What Are The Requirements To Foster Or Adopt?

Foster and adoptive parent candidates must:

  • Be a Florida resident age 21 and older;
  • Be financially stable;
  • Be able to provide appropriate sleeping arrangements
  • Be able to provide support, care and stability

Importantly, foster and adoptive parents don’t have to be young, wealthy, or a married couple with a stay-at-home caregiver. The most important requirements are a heart for children and a willingness to make a difference for life…

Become a part of our community of care

Complete the information request form or

call us at 352-873-6332


To Help

At Kids Central, our mission of service, excellence, and caring is reflected in everything we do. We are dedicated to achieving measurable, positive outcomes for children and families in the Central Florida communities we serve. Please join us in creating brighter futures for children and families.

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