Family Resources Toll Free Help Lines by Topic
Health and Nutrition Services
Toll-free number to apply for food stamps, Medicaid, and temporary cash assistance. Additional information also available online at www.myflfamilies.com/Service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash.
American Academy of Pediatrics
A new website for families at Healthychildren.org offers trustworthy, up-to-the-minute health care information and guidance for parents/caregivers along with interactive tools and personalized content. Additional information is also available online at www.aap.org.
Provides free to low-cost comprehensive health coverage for children from birth through age 18. Florida KidCare covers everything from basic check-ups all the way through hospitalizations, in addition to vision, dental and prescriptions. Most families pay $15 - $20 a month in premiums to cover all of their children. Many pay nothing at all. Additional information is also available online at www.floridakidcare.org.
TTY Line: 1-877-316-8748
Family Health Line of Florida
Assists pregnant women in accessing prenatal care and substance abuse treatment during pregnancy and provides information on helpful community resources. All calls are confidential and are answered by trained counselors who are available: 8:00am-11:00pm, Monday through Friday, and 10:30am to 6:30pm weekends. Closed on holidays. http://211bigbend.net/contact-family-health-line-counselor.html
PPD Moms (Post Partum Depression)
A volunteer-led organization providing support services to women and their families struggling with the effects of postpartum depression (PPD) or related mood disorders. Each of the peer support moms on call have been trained by leaders in this field and are networked by the Postpartum Support International group. By calling 800-PPDMOMS new moms who think they may be suffering from PPD can obtain a risk assessment. If they need more help it can and will be sent to them.
La Leche League
24 hour toll-free breastfeeding helpline provides telephone counseling, referral and extensive information on breast feeding. Additional information available online at www.lalecheleague.org.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care. Available 8:00am to5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Additional information is also available online at www.doh.state.fl.us/family/WIC.