Florida Department of Children and Families: DCF works hard to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency, click here.
ACCESS Florida: Food, cash, and Medicaid assistance programs, click here.
Florida Abuse Hotline: Accepts reports of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Call 1-800-96-ABUSE or click here.
Children’s Home Society: Working to end the need for foster care as we know it by keeping more families safe, strong and together. Call 321-397-3000 or click here.
Parent HelpLine: Parents Anonymous Inc. runs a National Parent Helpline (1.855.4A.PARENT) for parents who need help or parenting advice. To learn more. click here.
Children’s Advocacy Center Osceola: Provides services free of charge to all victims of child abuse and neglect and their non-offending family members, click here.
Embrace Families: Child welfare services that offer case management and other prevention services, click here.
Guardian Ad Litem: Responsible caring adult volunteer, appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interest of a child suspected to be a victim of parental abuse, neglect, or abandonment. To learn more, click Orange, Osceola or Seminole.
Osceola County Christian Ministry Center: Provides an array of services free of charge to the homeless and working poor in Osceola County, click here.
Osceola County Human Services: Provides low-income families with assistance programs and referrals to services designed to improve the health and well being of residents, click here.
Community Hope Center: A program-based project that impacts the low-income, poverty level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County, click here.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network: created to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events, click here.
Educational Support to Homeless Students: Public school districts in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties have programs designed to provide services to address the challenges children and youth experiencing homelessness face when enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. To learn more, click Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County.
MyMoney: Weekly texts improve your family’s financial knowledge. Text “MyMoney” to 898211, click here.
Catholic Charities of Central Florida: Provides financial assistance with rent, lot rent, mortgage, and utilities. This program also offers financial management counseling and resources to encourage self-sufficiency, click here.
Coalition for the Homeless: Mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness, click here.
Orlando Union Rescue Mission: One of Central Florida’s oldest and largest homeless service providers, click here.
Covenant House: Dedicated to serving youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need, click here.
H.O.M.E.: Osceola-based Helping Others Make the Effort provides housing and supportive services to homeless families, click here.
Domestic Abuse Assistance
Division of Victim Services: The Florida Attorney General’s Division of Victim Services not only serves as an advocate for crime victims and victims’ rights, it also administers a compensation program to ensure financial assistance for innocent victims of crime, click here.
Harbor House of Central Florida: Seeks to eliminate domestic violence in Central Florida by providing safety, shelter, empowerment, education and justice, click here.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: Information, crisis intervention, safety planning, resources, and hope to anyone affected by domestic violence and abuse, click here.
Help Now of Osceola: Provides safety, empowerment, and healing for survivors of domestic violence and influence social change in the community, click here.
Described and Captioned Media Program: Provides media designed for students with disabilities, click here.
- Teaching independence with daily routines – English
- How to help your child have a successful bedtime – English
- How to help your child have a successful morning – English | Spanish
- Manage time and understand expectations – English
- Transition smoothly between places and activities – English | Spanish
- Plan activities to reduce challenging behavior – English | Spanish
- Visual schedules and expectations – English | Spanish
- Making life easier: Bedtime and nap time – English | Spanish
- Making life easier: Running errands – English | Spanish
- Making life easier: Diapering – English | Spanish
Child Abuse Prevention
- Recognizing child abuse: What parents should know, click here
- Advice for new moms and dads, click here
- 10 ways to help prevent child abuse, click here
- 12 alternatives to lashing out at your child, click here
- “Home Alone” child tips, click here
- Protecting your toddler at home, click here
- Helping your child to be successful at school, click here
- Shopping with your children, click here