Foster Hope

SRQ Story Project Partner Spotlight


Did you know there are children right here in our community who need a place to call home? The Sarasota YMCA Safe Children Coalition (SCC) is looking for foster parents. When a child is temporarily unable to live at home due to abuse or neglect, a foster parent welcomes them into their home. Children of all ages, from birth through young adulthood, need foster homes until they can safely reunite with their family or transition to adulthood. SCC provides training, licensing and financial assistance.

"They stay until their parents are stable," says Jackie, a foster parent through SCC. "My job is to keep them safe until they can return home."

The Sarasota YMCA Safe Children Coalition is a collaboration between several local community partners who, together, provide a range of child welfare services to abused, neglected or abandoned children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.

Services include case management, foster care placements, adoptions and independent living. In addition, a clothes closet is maintained through the generosity of our community which provides children’s clothing and items when an urgent need arises.

Last year the SCC helped 2,266 children through its services. For more information on becoming a foster parent, adoption or volunteering/donating visit or call 1-866-661-5656. 

Safe Children Coalition

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