nd Kids’ Tears is a public awareness campaign established by Kids Central in 2009 to draw attention to the epidemic of child abuse in the local counties of Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter.
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.
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.
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.
Specifically, to address the impact of domestic violence in Marion County, the Marion County Children’s Alliance recruited a family violence prevention coordinator to target the issue. Since 2005, the family violence prevention coordinator has worked in partnership with Kids Central to facilitate the Family Violence Prevention workgroup. The workgroup consists of representatives from a variety of social service, nonprofit and corporate agencies, …
Kids Central’s Education Program provides a collaborative approach for foster children in Circuit 5 (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties) to identify unmet needs affecting school performance. Kids Central’s Educational Liaison manages all aspects of the collaborative team around the child’s academic success. Further collaboration exists within the Circuit 5 judiciary system, as academic …
Healthy Start is a comprehensive program promoting optimal prenatal health and developmental outcomes for all pregnant women and babies in Florida. It is a free program that provides screenings for pregnant women and infants to identify those at risk of low birth weight, poor prenatal health and child abuse and neglect.
In 2013, Kids Central began a formal partnership with Lowell Correctional Institution and Advent Health Ocala in Marion County to divert children born to inmates from the formal child welfare system. All of Florida’s pregnant female inmates are transferred to Lowell Correction Center in Marion County. Lowell identifies expectant inmates and a Kids Central Family …
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 …Read
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.Read
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 …Read