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 it.
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:
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
Soon to be 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
Eckerd allows CHN to be licensed and to license 3 other agencies to license people to be foster parents. The 4 licensing agencies are:
Camelot Community Care
Medical Center, Community Service/Non-Profit
1410 Tech Blvd, Tampa · (813) 635-9765
Ron Schultz – Chairman of the Board
Mike DiBrizzi – Chief Executive Officer
4910-D Creekside Drive
Clearwater, FL 33760
West Florida Foster Care Services
Mailing Address: 23100 State Road 54 #515
Lutz, FL 33549
Executive Director – Kevin Miller
Children’s Home, Inc/Children’s Home Network
10909 Memorial Hwy, Tampa · (813) 855-4435
Irene K. Rickus, MS, LMHC, President/Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (813) 864-1501
Neika Berry, Vice-President of Central Operations
Telephone: (888) 920-8761
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.