Healthy Families-Child Abuse Prevention
One of the greatest threats to Florida’s children is abuse and neglect. Each year, an estimated 86,000 children are abused or neglected statewide. Annually, there are approximately 5,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Sarasota counties.
To help combat this problem, The Florida Center is part of the State’s Healthy Families Florida initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect before it starts. Services are offered to families prenatally or at the birth of the baby and are available until the child turns five.
Healthy Families is a free, voluntary home visiting program that gives families useful information on parenting and child development. Being a parent is an important and sometimes difficult job. We offer tools to make the job easier, by providing families the support they need to reach their goals and build a bright future for their children.
The program equips parents with the knowledge and skills they need to create stable home environments so their children can grow up healthy, safe, nurtured and ready to succeed in school and in life. It can cost Florida’s taxpayers over $72,709 a year to care for an abused child. Healthy Families prevents child abuse and neglect for $2,000 a year per child, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
The Florida Center serves approximately 800 families each year through the Healthy Families Sarasota, Healthy Families DeSoto/Hardee, and Healthy Families Charlotte programs. All programs are accredited by Prevent Child Abuse America/Healthy Families America. For More information about the Healthy Families-Child Abuse Prevention Program, see the contacts below:
Sarasota County: Email Debbie Keyso or calland 941-371-8820 x 1244
DeSoto/Hardee Counties: Email Deb Dekeulenaere or call 863-303-4021
Charlotte County: Email Linda Newman or call 941-629-6477