Minding Your Child’s Mental Health As a parent, you do your best to take care of your child. You make sure your child’s physical needs are met – nutritious food, a safe home, a proper education. But meeting your child’s mental, and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health helps children to…

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  During the month of April, Kids First of Florida joins with child advocates around the US to bring awareness to the problem of child abuse and neglect. We know that childhood trauma can cause lifelong physical and mental health problems. Together, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect. Recently, the Board of Commissioners…

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Foster Care Services Foster care is designed to provide a temporary home and parenting to children who have been removed from their families due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Right from the start, foster parents understand that their unique role is to care for children, knowing that the goal is likely to return the child…

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The Muntain FamilyMichael and Alis Muntain received a placement in August of 2020 and accepted him with open arms. The child immediately felt like part of the family and didn’t take long to refer to Michael and Alis as Mom and Pop. Knowing the importance of family, they searched for the relatives the child mentioned…

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As a parent, you’ve likely dealt with a fussy eater. But, how do you know if a younger child is facing an eating disorder? Or if a child’s behavior is a sign of a future eating disorder? Usually, we think of eating disorders as affecting teens and pre-teens. But, the number of children diagnosed with…

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As we ring in 2021, families are still facing the ups and downs of the pandemic. If you are like many parents, you may have seen changes in your child. The National Institute of Health has reported an increase in anxiety and depression among children and teenagers in the U.S. You know your child best,…

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Let’s rewind for a minute to January 1, 2020, before we knew that COVID-19 even existed. Take a minute to reflect on what your New Year’s resolutions were last year. You might realize that keeping some of your resolutions were actually easier during the pandemic. Some of the most common resolutions include: Improving health Spending…

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“Overparenting” Can Delay Independence Who doesn’t want to be an awesome parent? But, when does being an awesome mom or dad cross over to just doing too much for your child? As parents, we are hard-wired to take care of our child’s every need. Over-functioning parents can possibly raise under-functioning children. The key to raising…

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We can all agree that navigating the COVID-19 landscape can be frustrating and scary. Everyone is worried about family members, especially if they are older. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with chronic health conditions are among those at high risk for serious illness. What do you…

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