Jacksonville young lawyers brighten holidays for children in foster care

One of our many generous community partners, the Young Lawyer's Section (YLS) of the Jacksonville Bar Association, was in the news this week. This organization of Jacksonville attorney, 35 years old or younger or attorneys who have been in practice fewer than five years, does great things for this community, and especially through its partnership with … Continue reading Jacksonville young lawyers brighten holidays for children in foster care

Who are our partners?

Family Support Services is proud to provide many services to our community including licensing and monitoring foster homes, finding adoptive families for children in care, working with teens to prepare them for adulthood and assisting with preventative services and counseling that help keep children in their homes with their families. Because we follow a community-based … Continue reading Who are our partners?

What is FSS?

Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) is the lead non–profit agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. Through community-based care, FSS provides services and programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect, to promote a healthy family environment and to care for our community’s children in foster care. … Continue reading What is FSS?

Keep your children and families safe on Halloween with these tips

Halloween can serve up plenty of frights, but there are ways to minimize scares and maximize fun, according to Loyola Medicine pediatrician Teresa Jensen, MD. "Halloween is always a fun holiday for kids, but there are some things parents need to be aware of to make sure it stays enjoyable for everyone," said Dr. Jensen, a … Continue reading Keep your children and families safe on Halloween with these tips

Teens in care speak up for child wellbeing issues in Tallahassee

FSS teens in care made their way to Tallahassee to learn about the legislative process and teach the legislators a thing or two. During the second week in October, four young women in foster care with FSS made a supervised trip to the Florida State Capitol to witness law-making firsthand. From touring the hallowed halls … Continue reading Teens in care speak up for child wellbeing issues in Tallahassee

Family Resource Advocate provides extra support to FSS foster families

Delisa Turner is breaking down barriers for FSS families every day. From helping new foster parents sign up for WIC benefits to providing daycare referrals to preserving foster child placements, Turner has them covered. “I empower these first-time foster families to learn to do things on their own the second time around,” she said. “I … Continue reading Family Resource Advocate provides extra support to FSS foster families

New role for an FSS employee, new home for a teen in care

  Surrounded by friends, family and co-workers, Jessica Phoenix, FSS adoptions specialist, finalized her adoption of Zhavon Bailey Aug. 22, 2017. Adoption was always in the cards for Phoenix, who worked as an investigator for DCF before coming to work for FSS in 2015. The Jacksonville native grew up learning about kids in care. Her … Continue reading New role for an FSS employee, new home for a teen in care

Helping youth, caseworkers and caregivers use social media wisely

Social media is a powerful tool with the potential to make meaningful connections, share important news and support child wellbeing work. Agencies, caseworkers, caregivers and youth can all benefit from the social networks that help connect people and ideas. These benefits come with inherent risks, however, including online privacy concerns and the potential for predatory … Continue reading Helping youth, caseworkers and caregivers use social media wisely