Camelot Community Care Helping Florida's Children and Families
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- For a child, a loving and safe home environment can be the foundation for a successful future. But, so many children are in need of just such a home.
This month, The Florida Department of Children and Families reported nearly 1,500 new foster-care homes were licensed in the past year. Even with the increase, a total of 4,700 homes in the state support fewer than half of the children in need.
That's where Camelot Community Care steps in to help, they're a child welfare agency serving more than 5,000 children and families across the state of Florida. Karis Turner, Camelot's Development Director, and Mona Terry, the Executive Director of the Ocala office, stopped by TV20's Morning Edition to explain how children in North Central Florida are in need of more foster families.
Camelot Community Care is a 501c3 non-profit child welfare and behavioral health agency with a mission is to develop and provide services which enable children and families to realize their own potential. Every day Camelot serves over 5,000 children and families across the state of Florida.
Children served are almost exclusively victims of abuse and neglect and have either been previously removed from their families or are in danger of being removed.
Programs in Marion, Alachua and surrounding counties include Therapeutic Foster Care, In-Home Counseling, Outpatient Counseling, Assessment, Psychiatric Services, Intensive Reunification Services, Family Services Planning Teams, and DJJ Services. Terry says Alachua, Marion, and their surrounding counties are in desperate need of Therpeutic foster parents.
Therapeutic Foster Parents are specially trained and licensed. The goal of the Therapeutic Foster Care is to enable a child to manage and work towards resolution of his or her emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric problems in a supportive, individualized, loving and nurturing home. Without Therapeutic foster care, children who have suffered severe trauma, may wind up in deeper end services, lengthening their stay in foster care and costing tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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