Our Mission

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.

Protecting Children

Child safety is of utmost concern. Through child abuse prevention programming, diversion services, and case management coordination. Kids Central puts the safety and well-being of children first.

Supporting Families

Kids Central understands the importance of a family unit. If safely possible, we work to keep families together and strive to bring them back together through case management coordination and diversion support services.

Engaging Communities

As the lead community-based care organization, the community’s support and commitment are integral to Kids Central’s mission. To build a child-centered community-based system of care, Kids Central assesses any gaps in available services, evaluates the needs of the community, and harnesses its strength.


A community where families are supported so children are nurtured, safe, healthy, and thriving.

Value Statements

Integrity: We are professional and honest in our working relationships, honor our commitments and hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and conduct.

Accountability: As stewards of the public’s trust, we are responsible, transparent and dependable in our actions.

Excellence: We strive for excellence in our work, seek ways to continuously improve and ensure staff and partners have the proper competencies and capacity to exceed customer expectations.

Empowerment: We empower staff, individuals, families, and communities by respecting their diversity, providing the information and authority necessary to make appropriate decisions, and ensuring they have a voice and choice in their future.

Collaboration: We engage community members, partners, stakeholders and service recipients in order to turn vision into action.

Innovation: We cultivate a learning, adaptable environment using feedback, data and innovative ideas to improve efficiencies, effectiveness and results.


Florida legislature privatized child abuse treatment and prevention. Formed in 2003, Kids Central is the lead nonprofit agency charged by the State of Florida to treat and prevent child abuse in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties.

Kids Central, Inc. is a community-based care lead agency contracted with the Department of Children and Families.