Parenting is tough in the best of circumstances. Once you add in the trauma that has battered many foster children, the tough job of parenting as a foster parent becomes even more difficult. Then when you add in the problems raised by a broken foster care legal system placing the burden of court hearings and disputes raised by the desperation of a broken home and family and a very tough job becomes next to impossible.
But there is help out there! One huge problem is finding the help that you need.
Our goal is to provide one site that lets you connect and learn what you need. Our resources and links offer support, training, services and education to foster parents in our area, the Tampa Bay region and even beyond. Foster parenting is a journey; let us help you on that journey.
Tampa Bay Organizations:
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
The Y has a great program for licensed foster families and The Idlewild Foundation will fund it for the whole family
Contact Orchid Lewis for details and she will connect you with the Y.
Contact: Orchid Lewis
Address: PO Box 1632, Clearwater, FL
Telephone: (727) 688-5328
Address: 13310 North 53rd Street, Suite 200 Tampa, FL 33617
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization seeking to ensure that every foster child, regardless of personal or financial circumstances, has the opportunity to celebrate their birthday and receive a present!
Telephone: (813) 504-3353
Tampa Bay foster closets:
Garage 517 for teenage boys
Open in Lutz, Florida
The Junior League of Tampa
Address: 87 Columbia Dr., Tampa, FL
If you are an individual in need of diapers, please contact Champions for Children Telephone: (813) 673-4646
Licensing organizations in Hillsborough County
Licensing agencies include:
Camelot Community Care
Medical Center, Community Service/Non-Profit
1410 Tech Blvd, Tampa · (813) 635-9765
Tammy Davis – Board Chair
Children’s Network of Hillsborough, LLC
3350 Buschwood Park Dr., Suite 200, Tampa · (813) 855-4435
Terri Balliet, President/Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (646) 400-2600
State and National Organizations
Foster Care Alumni of America
Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA) is a national non-profit association based in Alexandria, VA. It was founded by and is managed by foster care alumni, people who have fostered. It exists to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care. FCAA allows foster parents to get to know each other and to share information that may help.
National Foster Parent Association
This organization and its website supports foster parents providing resources and information helping foster parents succeed and thrive, supporting the well-being of the children and youth in foster care.
Back to School Resources from Create a Family
Create a Family is a national organization devoted to strengthening foster, adoptive, and kinship families with expert-based, trauma-informed resources and trainings. Click here for resources for Back to School.