KIDS FIRST OF FLORIDA
May is Foster Care Month
Each year, we celebrate Foster Care families during foster care month. With over 417,000 children in foster care in the U.S., caring for children who have been removed from their homes is a critical issue. This year, the theme is a focus on the importance of kindship and culture. Learn more about it.
Kids First of Florida (KFF) is a community-based care agency providing child welfare and foster care services to the residents of Clay County.
Kids First of Florida is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. In 2008, after redistricting by the Department of Children and Families, KFF’s target area was narrowed to focus only on the residents of Clay County, and the Board of the agency chose the new name to reflect our commitment to putting kids first.
Kids First of Florida works with families whose children are either at risk of abuse or neglect or who have already been victims of abuse or neglect.
KFF is responsible for finding and funding placements for every child in foster care, including specialized therapeutic treatment programs.
Kids First & Camelot Community Care Join Together in New Partnership
KFF is happy to announce that Camelot Community Care has joined as a partner in providing judicial case management services. We look forward to working together with our many community partners to provide needed services and supports to at-risk children and families in Clay County.
Kids First of Florida does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
A Coronavirus Update From Our CEO
Kids First of Florida (KFF) depends on our dedicated team members to keep our agency operating and to ensure the continued delivery of essential services, especially during these challenging times. Our top priorities are the health and well-being of our staff, our partners and of the families we serve. We are monitoring the evolving situation in our community and are doing all we can to minimize risk. Many of our team are working remotely, working staggered schedules and using telecommunication to stay in touch with the individuals and families that we serve. It is not business as usual and while we apologize for any inconvenience it may cause, we are acting in the best interest of overall safety.
Any employee, partner or client testing positive for the COVID-19 virus is advised to follow CDC and DOH guidelines to receive appropriate care. As is our policy, upon notification of a positive test result for an employee, we initiate contact tracing to identify and notify all individuals who may have had contact with an infected individual. Upon notification, the exposed individuals are advised to seek testing and further guidance from their healthcare professional. Workspaces are cleaned and sanitized before other employees can return to work. The cleaning of facilities may require the temporary closure of the office until it has been thoroughly disinfected.
All KFF staff are provided with PPE’s, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer and are encouraged to follow established social distancing guidelines when in contact with other persons.
Masks are required for entrance into the KFF offices and other risk mitigation strategies may also be used, including the use of temperature testing, protective barriers, and audio video equipment to conduct communications. These new policies are necessary to protect our staff, clients and visitors to our agency. Specific instructions are posted and KFF reserves the right to modify instructions as needed.
Modifications have also been made to visits and services conducted in homes and other community locations. Again, these changes have been made to minimize risk and to increase safety.
If we are out of the office our phone lines are transferred to our answering service and messages are relayed regularly. If you need assistance or have general questions, our phone line is available 24/7 at 904.278.5644. If you are a current client of KFF and have questions, you should contact your assigned staff member or call the main number to leave a message.
We know these are challenging times and we recognize the fear and uncertainty that many of us are feeling. We encourage you to reach out for help as needed. We will continue to adapt to the changing circumstances and to build a healthier community, one family at a time.
Irene Toto, CEO
To ensure the safety of children through a holistic approach designed to support the health and well-being of families in order to build a healthier community one family at a time.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you are entitled to interpreter services at no cost to you. Services may be accessed through Florida Relay by dialing 7-1-1. If any accommodation is required, please contact us at 904.278.5644.
Kids First of Florida is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
Kids First of Florida works with families whose children are either at risk of abuse of neglect or who have already been victims of abuse or neglect.
Kids First of Florida works with families whose children are either at risk of abuse of neglect or who have already been victims of abuse or neglect. KFF is responsible for finding and funding placements for every child in foster care, including specialized therapeutic treatment programs.
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