A Kid's Place provides residential services to children from birth to age 17, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and to provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical, and psychological needs of the child. Our primary focus is to keep sibling groups together in a safe, stable, home-like environment until a more permanent placement can be provided.
A Kidís Place is a unique program designed to support the foster care system by providing state of the art residential care for siblings. Until June, 2009, a sibling group of 2-3 or more children sheltered due to abuse, neglect or abandonment were often separated and sent to different foster families or group homes depending on availability, the child's age, or special needs of the child. Studies that evaluate the outcome of separating siblings have determined that it is more detrimental to split siblings than it is to separate them from their parents. We knew it was time to do things differently.
Why I Volunteer - Carolyn Summers - Pantry volunteer for 5 years
A Kid's Place was developed and built from what started as a group discussion in the community involving a group of concerned individuals, Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, the Department of Children and Families, Hillsborough Kids, Inc., YMCA, Child Abuse Council, Hillsborough County School District, Hillsborough County Children's Services, the Children's Board, and other community leaders. Working in partnership, a task force was formed to discuss and resolve the many issues regarding child welfare services in our communities.
A Kid's Place was designed as a solution to many of these issues and is a model program in the child welfare system, adhering to and exceeding best practices in this field.
Additional community initiatives include an Education Initiative, providing children with tools and resources to achieve academic success, a Holiday Gift Drive and the Safety Net Program which provides temporary support to Foster Children and Foster Families in crisis.
Development of public support and awareness is done solely through volunteers, the Board of Directors and private philanthropy. Fundraising events include the A Kid's Place Golf Classic, "Home is Where the Heart Is" Holiday Stroll, our annual luncheon, "Be a Hero" and our Black Tie Gala.