Family Development - A Caregiver's Guide

Family Resources - Toll Free Help Lines by Topic

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4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
To get involved, call your Local County Extension office.

Parents Anonymous
Self-help groups serving abused children and parents under stress. Available 11:00am to 8:00pm, Monday through Friday. Additional information is also available online at
1-855-4APARENT (427-2736)

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
Volunteers support families under stress and single parents by working with children in need of additional attention and friendship. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional information is also available online at

National Center for Victims of Crime
Working with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center for Victims of Crime provides direct services and resources to victims of crime across the country; advocates for laws and public policies that secure rights, resources, and protections for crime victims; delivers training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals serving victims of crime; and fosters cutting-edge thinking about the impact of crime and the ways in which each of us can help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Available 8:30am to 8:30pm (ET), Monday through Friday. Additional information is also available online at

Suncoast Center, Inc.
A program whose mission is to prevent and reduce the impact of exposure to violence on young children ages birth through 6 years. Provides information and education on children’s exposure to violence, referrals to community resources, consultation services and training in addition to providing direct services to children and families where violence has occurred to families living in Pinellas County. Services are private, confidential and free of charge. Additional information is also available online at

Florida Circle of Parents
Circle of Parents® is a mutual support and self-help program for parents based on a framework of shared leadership, mutual respect, shared ownership and inclusiveness. Additional information also available online at
850-921-4494 ext. 107

Children’s Home Society
Redirects a teen’s troubled life onto a new path of hope, provides a safe harbor for a child suffering from abuse and reverses crisis situations so lives are changed for the better. Available by phone 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Additional information also available online at

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to school district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Additional information also available online at

Florida Military Family & Community Covenant
Tel: (850) 421-4499

Florida Network of Youth and Family Services
Tel: (850) 922-4324

Florida Afterschool Network
The mission of FAN is to provide unified leadership to advocate for the development, enhancement and sustainability of innovative, high quality afterschool programs and policies statewide.
(850) 222-1340

Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Boys and Girls Club of America
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. Boys & Girls Clubs offer programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Community-Based Care
Community-Based Care is a comprehensive redesign of Florida’s Child Welfare System. It combines the outsourcing of foster care and related services to competent service agencies with an increased local community ownership of service delivery and design. This innovative statewide reform increases accountability, resource development, and system performance. To find your local Community-Based Care Lead Agency visit the following link: