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.


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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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In Due Time

Have you ever noticed that a Volkswagen Beetle can turn around on a dime, but tractor trailers require a lot more space and time to make the same turn? When a mom who is deep in substance abuse has her child taken away, she is much like the tractor trailer. It takes time to get …

19th Annual Break the Silence on Violence

The FVP Workgroup and CCASA consists of representatives from a variety of social service and community agencies who work together to address and reduce family violence and substance abuse. These are both issues we must be vigilant in addressing in our community.

The Miracle of Motherhood

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 for abused and …