Core functions provided by the Safe Children Coalition are:
- Case Management
- Foster Care
- Independent Living
- Quality management &
- Community & Client
- Data Services & Client
Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent
The Safe Children Coalition is looking for families in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties who are able to provide safe, stable, nurturing homes for children in foster care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment
Families who can open their homes to provide temporary care for foster children are needed, recognizing that many will eventually return home to their birth families. There are currently over 300 children in foster care in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. They range in age from birth through 17 and many are part of a sibling group. All of them deserve a safe home.
The Safe Children Coalition uses a Family Centered Practice approach to engage birth families and give the best possible chance to strengthen the birth family bond and resolve the conflicts that brought the family to us in the first place.
Become an Adoptive Parent
In some cases, children are not able to return home to their birth families, and more permanent adoptive homes are needed. We believe that there are no unwanted children - only unfound families - and that every child deserves a safe, loving "forever family".
As the Department of Children and Families contractor for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties, the Safe Children Coalition provides the training necessary for families to foster or adopt.
Steps to Become a Foster or Adopt Parent
- Call the recruitment line at 1-866-661-5656. Your call will be returned within one business day and you will be provided information regarding the dates and times of the next Information meeting.
- Attend an information meeting. This is your opportunity to learn more about fostering or adopting and decide if this may be right for you and your family. Orientations are held monthly. Click here for a schedule of upcoming information meetings.
- Participate in a training and selection class called Model Approach to Partners in Parenting (MAPP) and complete 30-hours of curriculum. MAPP classes are provided free of charge and are currently being held at multiple sites on various days and times. Generally, you will attend MAPP classes one night a week for three hours per session for a total of ten weeks. You will learn more during Orientation. Click here for a schedule of upcoming MAPP classes.
- Satisfy background screening requirements. The Safe Children Coalition will assist you with this process. Generally you and all your household members must undergo local law, FBI/FDLE and abuse registry clearances to determine eligibility.
- Complete your foster or adoptive paperwork and home study. Again, you will learn more about these requirements and the process during Orientation.
- Foster Care Licensing & Placement OR Adoptive Match & Finalization Once all requirements are met, your home will be licensed for foster care or you will be ready to be matched for adoption. Placements or matches will be made based on your profile and on the profile of the child to be placed or matched. For adoption, finalization is the last step in this process.