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 Z on 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

Opioid addiction is increasing drastically in North Florida — so what can we do?

About 70 percent of children removed from their homes in Northeast Florida are removed because of a substance abuse issue. Opioids specifically are becoming a larger and more prevalent problem for First Coast families, resulting in more children being removed from their homes and coming into foster care. And the community is taking notice. In … Continue reading Opioid addiction is increasing drastically in North Florida — so what can we do?

FSS shares emergency preparedness plan for Hurricane Irma

FSS has a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place to ensure the safety of our children during a hurricane. We would like for all of our families, partners and employees to be safe with Hurricane Irma heading into Florida. Here are some tips that you might want to consider in case of power outages, flooding … Continue reading FSS shares emergency preparedness plan for Hurricane Irma