Support forFoster Families

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:

Idlewild Baptist Church
Telephone: (813) 264-1515
Website: www.idlewild.org
Address: 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL

The Idlewild Foundation
Telephone: (813) 264-8713
Website: www.idlewildfoundation.com
Address: 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd, Lutz, FL

A Door of Hope
Telephone: (727) 322-7640
Website: www.adoorofhope.com/
Address: P.O. Box 3164, Pinellas Park, FL 33780

Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives – Multiple Locations
Telephone: (727) 456-0600
Website: www.eckerd.org
Address: 8550 Ulmerton Rd, Suite 130, Clearwater, FL

Florida Wait No More
Telephone: 1-800-232-6459 (1-800-A-FAMILY)
Website: www.waitnomore.org
Email: WaitNoMore@fotf.org

Fostering Hope
Address: PO Box 1632, Clearwater, FL
Telephone: (727) 688-5328

Florida 1.27
Address: 13310 North 53rd Street, Suite 200 Tampa, FL 33617
Telephone: 813.563.5127
Website: www.florida127.org/

Finally Home Christian Adoption Services
Website: www.finallyhomecas.com/
Telephone: (888) 445-8060
Email: lsmith@finallyhomecas.com

Celebrate Birthdays
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!
Website: www.celebratebirthdays.org
Telephone: (813) 504-3353
Email: info@celebratebirthdays.org

 

West Florida Foster Care Services
Telephone: 813-386-1838
Website: www. wffcs.org/
Address: 23110 State Road 54, #515, Lutz, FL 33549

Tampa Bay foster closets:

Redeeming Love Foster Closet At Northside Bible Church
Website: www.facebook.com/RedeemingLoveFC/
Telephone: (813) 563-0272
Address: 405 Hayes Road, Lutz, FL
Email: redeeminglovefc@gmail.com

Fostering Change Foster Closet
Website: www. fosteringchangecloset.com/
Telephone: (813) 421-1958
Address: 10207 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL

Garage 517 for teenage boys
Soon to be open in Lutz, Florida.

Loft 181 for teenage girls
Website: www. www.loft181.com/
Telephone: (813)245-9397
Email: loft181@yahoo.com

Empty Closets at Temple Terrace United Methodist Church
Website: wffcs.org/hours/
Telephone: 813-988-4141
Address: 5030 E Busch Blvd, Temple Terrace, FL

Plato’s Closet (sells gently used clothing)
Website: www.platoscloset.com/locations/tampa-fl
Telephone: 813-289-3333
Address: 3924 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL

4 Goodness Sake
Website: www.facebook.com/4goodnesssakefostercloset/
Telephone: (814) 431-3123
Address: Ruskin, Florida

Fostering Hope Kidz Closet
Website: www.fosteringhopeflorida.org/kidz-closet.html
Telephone: 352-701-0001
Addresses: 4134 Little Road New Port Richey Fl. and 5310 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill FL

Diaper Bank
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

Element Church Foster Care Closet – Tampa
Address: 2702 Causeway Center Dr.
Tampa Florida 33619
Telephone: (813) 620-3770
www.iamelement.org/doorofhope

Foster Florida
They have a link to an Amazon Wishlist with purchases sent directly to them
Telephone: (352) 448-5846
Website: fosterflorida.org/connect/
Address: PO Box 358386
Gainesville, FL 32635

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:

A Door of Hope, Inc.
8900 US Hwy 19N PO Box 3164
Pinellas Park, FL 33780
Godly Daniel, Executive Director
Telephone: 727-744-7383 Cell
Email: godlydaniel@adoorofhope.com
Website: www.adoorofhope.com

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
Phone: 727-593-0003
Fax: 727-595-0735
Email: https://camelotcommunitycare.org/about-camelot

West Florida Foster Care Services
Mailing Address: 23100 State Road 54 #515
Lutz, FL 33549
Telephone: 813-386-1838
Executive Director – Kevin Miller

Children’s Home, Inc/Children’s Home Network
Community Service/Non-Profit
10909 Memorial Hwy, Tampa · (813) 855-4435
Website: https://www.childrenshomenetwork.org/

Irene K. Rickus, MS, LMHC, President/Chief Executive Officer
Email: irickus@childrenshomenetwork.org
Telephone: (813) 864-1501

Neika Berry, Vice-President of Central Operations
Email: nberry@childrenshomenetwork.org
Telephone: (888) 920-8761

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.

ourPartners

Idlewild Baptist Church
The Idlewild Foundation
Upward Bound Ministries