Prevention Programs

Kids Central is a statewide leader in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Our innovative programs provide targeted, short-term assistance to give families the support they need to remain healthy, happy, and whole. These efforts help stop abuse and neglect before they start – to the benefit of the entire community.

Kids Central believes investing in families upfront, before a call to the abuse hotline, reduces the likelihood the children will be abused or neglected and need help later. Under the leadership of John Cooper, Kids Central is focused on the identification of research-based and results-driven prevention and diversion programs.

Strengthen Families

The prevention of child abuse and neglect before it starts is the best hope for improving the lives of children and families. Strengthening families and preventing child abuse requires a shared commitment of individuals and organizations in every community. In only the last year, Kids Central served over 14,000 children in child abuse prevention programming.


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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KCI 2024 Company Retreat

The Kids Central staff had an amazing time at our annual company retreat! We had fun connecting with old friends, making new friends, and playing team-building games. During the retreat, we had a chance to recognize all the incredible staff who have been with Kids Central for the past 1 -15 years. We were also …

HALO Awards 2024: Disco Ball

HONORING EXCELLENCE IN FOSTER CARE Break out your bellbottoms, polish those platform shoes, and get ready to boogie — Kids Central is hosting the biggest disco bash this side of the ’70s!  Shake your groove thing to classic hits as we honor the far-out foster parents who make a difference every day. It’ll be an …


Our annual Home for the Holidays adoption event was once again held at the Marion County Courthouse. Nineteen children found their forever home in this joyous celebration! Congratulations to each and every family and child!