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Family Support

Family Guide

Abuse Registry
Florida Department of Children and Families
Abuse Hotline    800-962-2873


Miami-Dade County

Baptist Children’s Home; Faith-based, nonprofit organization seeks stable Christian homes for children. 7748 SW 95th Terrace, Miami    305-271-4121

Baptist Hospital of Miami Adopting Parents Support Group

Center for Family and Child Enrichment
305-624-7450, ext. 180

Charlee Homes For Children; A safe, loving environment for children who have been victims of sexual/physical abuse, neglect or abandonment. 155 S. Miami Ave., Miami    305-779-9600

Children’s Home Society    305- 969-4315

Family Resource Center of South Florida    305-374-6006

Florida Department of Children and Families    305-377-5068

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options    305-403-7015

Kids Hope United    786-573-9000

Kids House Childrens Home    305-430-0085

Wesley House    305-809-5000

Broward County

4 Kids of South Florida Inc.    954-979-7911

Adoption by Shepherd Care
Southern Florida    954-981-2060/800-966-2060

Camelot Community Care
Supports and preserves families through a variety of interventions.    954-491-2020

Child Net; Lead agency that manages the local system of support for Broward’s abused, abandoned and neglected children. Plantation    954-414-6000

Children’s Home Society    954-453-6400

Family Central   954-720-1000

Florida Department of Children and Families    954-467-4298

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options     954-749-7230

Kids in Distress; A nationally accredited agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse, the preservation of the family and the care and treatment of abused and neglected children.    954-390-7654

Palm Beach County

Camelot Community Care    561-649-0877

Children’s Home Society    561-868-4300

Child and Family Connections    561-352-2500

Florida Department of Children and Families    561-837-5078

Heart to Heart Adoption    561-383-8590

Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options     561-372-0103

Kids in Distress    561-272-0204, ext. 1611

Parents Adoption Lifeline; Support organization for adoptive parents and prospective parents in South Florida.     561-844-8282

Animal Care

Miami-Dade County

Humane Society of Greater Miami
Soffer and Fine Adoption Center, 16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach    305-696-0800

Friends Forver Rescue; 17425 SW 97th Ave., Palmetto Bay    786-229-9002

Broward County

Humane Society of Broward County
2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale    954-989-3977

Palm Beach County

Tri-County Humane Society
Lullis M. Ritter Animal Shelter, 21287 Boca Rio Road, Boca Raton    561-482-8110

Autism & Related Disorders

Miami-Dade County

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Established at the University of Miami by the Florida Legislature to provide support, information and training for families of those with autism. 5665 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables    800-928-8476

The Mailman Center for Child ¿Development
Department of Pediatrics at the University of Miami School of Medicine, 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami

NSU's Mailman Segal Center
7600 S.W. 36th St., Davie/Fort Lauderdale
NSU Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic.
Assessment and diagnosis of Autism
Ages 2-5.    954-262-7129

The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism
7425 SW 42nd St., Miami    305-262-5999

Broward County

Baudhuin Preschool at NSU Mailman Segal Institute
Family center offers support and education for children with autism and their families.    954-262-7129

Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center
Coordinates medical and community services for children in the tri-county area with autism and related disorders.  2900 S. Commerce Parkway, Weston

Starting Right
Early intervention program for children 18-36 months exhibiting delays in communication or social skills.
NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute at the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, 3301 College Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale    954-262-7117

Palm Beach County

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
This center based at Florida Atlantic University provides support, information and training for families of those with autism.    561-297-2023

Reaching Potentials; Nonprofit organization provides services including training, early intervention programs, outreach and replication. 2875 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach    561-274-3900



Miami-Dade County

Hospice Care of Southeast Florida
Camp Coral, an overnight weekend bereavement camp for children, and other services for families experiencing terminal illness or death.    305-599-7755

Compassionate Friends Temple
A nondenominational meeting place for grieving families to come together. Beth Am, 5950 N. Kendall Drive, Miami    305-460-5762

The Children’s Bereavement Center
Guided by professionals. Nominal fee for materials.
Registration required    305-668-4902

Bereavement Support
Separate groups at Miami Children’s Hospital for parents who have lost a child and for children who have lost a sibling. 3000 SW 62nd Ave., Miami
Bereavement    305-663-8475
Social Work    305-669-6569

Grief Support Catholic Hospice
Support groups in English and Spanish. 14875 NW 77th Ave., Suite 100, Miami Lakes    305-822-2380
Humane Society of Greater Miami
Grief support for children who have lost a pet.    305-696-0800

SHARE Parent Support
Bilingual support group at South Miami Hospital for parents grieving the loss of children by miscarriage, stillborn or newborn death. East Tower Building, U.S. Highway 1 and Southwest 62nd Avenue, Miami

Broward County
Hospice Care of Southeast Florida
Camp Coral, an overnight weekend bereavement camp for children, and other services for families experiencing terminal illness or death.    954-467-7423

Pregnancy After a Loss
Support at Memorial Hospital Pembroke for pregnant couples following miscarriage or stillbirth.
2261 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines

Support for Young Widows/Widowers
Support for men and women under 50 who are raising children alone after the death of a spouse. Childcare available. Fort Lauderdale    954-777-5284

Human Society of Broward County; Grief support for children who have lost a pet.    954-266-6815

Palm Beach County
Hospice By the Sea
1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton

MISS Foundation Support Group
St. Luke’s Methodist Church
A time for families who have lost a child to share,¿listen and offer support    561-642-6464

Perinatal Bereavement Support Group
For anyone who has experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Meets monthly in Boca Raton, facilitated by Resolve.     561-393-4159

Hearts And Hope ; Grief support in West Palm Beach for children ages 3-17 and their families.

Harmony Animal Hospital; Grief support for children who have lost a pet.    561-746-5501

Blind/Visually Impaired Services

Miami-Dade County
Blind Services    305-377-5339

Lighthouse for the Blind
601 SW Eighth Ave., Miami    305-856-2288

Broward County

Blind Services    954-497-3360

Lighthouse for the Blind; 650 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County
Blind Services    561-681-2548

Lighthouse for the Blind; 7810 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach    561-586-5600


La Leche League    954-574-6600

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies    954-765-0550

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies    561-732-2110

Childbirth Education

 Association of Labor Assistants & ¿Childbirth Educators     877-334-4297

Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA)    888-MY-CAPPA

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
Broward County    954-765-0550
Palm Beach County    561-732-2110
National    703-837-4792

Mother’s Care Doula Services Inc.; Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach    305-979-2823

Children’s Advocacy

Catholic Charities

Miami Springs.    305-883-4555

Children’s Services Councils
The Children’s Trust

3150 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33129

Funding programs and services benefitting

Children and Families in Miami-Dade County
3150 SW 3rd Ave., Miami, FL 33129
Dial 211, The Children’s Trust Helpline

Broward County Children’s Services Council; 6301 NW Fifth Way,¿Fort Lauderdale    954-377-1000

Palm Beach County Children’s Services Council
2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach    561-740-7000

Child Support Enforcement
Assistance in collecting court-ordered child support for non-custodial parents.
Miami-Dade County    305-530-2600
Broward County     954-357-8800
Palm Beach County     561-355-2937

Marriage & Family Counseline PA
Specializing In individuals, Family, Children & Teenagers -
ÒSolutions to Bring About ChangeÓ - Maria C. Ramos, MS MFT; 9495 SW 72nd Str. B294-
Miami.     305-758-2804

Crisis Support

Miami-Dade County
Switchboard Crisis Hotline
211 or 305-358-4357

North Dade Victim Center
Safespace, Free and confidential support for women dealing with domestic violence.     305-758-2804

Broward County
First Call for Help Crisis Hotline
211 or 954-537-0211

Women in Distress-Crisis Line
Safespace, Counseling advocacy and emergency shelter for battered women and their children

Palm Beach County
Crisis Hotline
211 or 561-383-1111

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Services
Miami-Dade County Deaf Services Bureau
Voice     305-560-2866
TTY     305-560-2866

Broward United Hearing and Deaf Services
Voice     954-731-7200
TTY     954-731-7208

Palm Beach County Deaf Service Center
Voice     561-278-6444
TDD    561-278-1444

Diaper services

Baby’s Abode
Cloth diapers;     954-309-5779

Divorced & Single Parents

Miami-Dade County

Parents Without Partners
Support for single parents, regardless of custody, with activities and social gatherings.    800-637-7974

Broward County

Children of Divorce and Separation
Support Group
Martin Educational Therapy. Groups for kids and teens.    1303 N. State Road 7, Margate    954-979-0712

DivorceCare; Seminar and support for those experiencing divorce and separation. Childcare available. First Baptist Church,138 NE First St., Pompano Beach

Divorced and Separating
Free, ongoing support group meets Sundays at St. Gregory’s Rectory, 200 N. University Drive, Plantation
954-473-6261, ext. 167

The Parenting Place at NSU’s Mailman Segal Institute; Support group and weekend family activities at Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, Nova Southeastern    954-262-6900

Palm Beach County
“Coach Judy”; Boca-based counselor provides information and resources for single parents

Domestic Services

Heidi’s Helpers
Infant to school-aged children    561-750-5263

Serving the Tri-county area     954-491-5533

Nannies Amore    954-791-6201

Nannies international    954-344-5336

Nannies ‘n More
Tri-county area    954-735-0902
nannies to the rescue

The Nanny Network    305-932-5335

Nanny Poppinz, Inc.
Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie     877-262-6694

Nanny’s Helping Hands
Serving Dade Broward & Palm Beach    954-384-9141

Wonder Nannies
2999 NE 191st St., Suite 901, Aventura    305-933-0885

Doulas & Midwives
A Loving Journey
Birth doula, pre- and post-natal massage    954-261-0183

A Loving Start
Miami-Dade and Broward Counties    954-456-0850

Love Thy Labor: A Broward Doula Program; 915 Middle River Drive,¿Fort Lauderdale    954-561-9681

Mother’s Care Doula Services, Inc.
Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach    305-979-2823

Peaceful Pregnancy Pathways
Nurturing you through the journey of pregnancy    954-780-9033

The Placenta Tree    786-380-0559

Down Syndrome Support

Miami-Dade County

Best Buddies
Creates partnerships between high school and college students and intellectually challenged people of the same age for support and friendship. 100 SE Second Street, Ste 1990, Miami    305-374-2233

Broward County

Best Buddies
Creates partnerships between high school and college students and intellectually challenged people of the same age for support and friendship. 2701 West Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 414, Fort Lauderdale

Down Syndrome Broward; Information and referral services for families with children with Down Syndrome.
PODS Angels
Parents of Down Syndrome Angels usually meet the last Saturday of the month.    954-581-4165

Palm Beach County

 Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization
Support for children and families

Epilepsy Support

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida
Broward: 512 NE Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale


Miami-Dade: 7300 N. Kendall Drive, Miami
Palm Beach: 3233 Commerce Place, West Palm Beach    561-478-6515

Faith-Based Community Services

Catholic Charities
Services, including counseling for families, support services and more.
Miami-Dade County    305-754-2444
Palm Beach County     561-775-9560

Lutheran Family Services
Miami-Dade County    305-264-9059
Broward County     954-486-4222

Father’s Support

Miami-Dade County

Daddy & Me
Parent-child workshop for dads who want to be more involved. Mercy Hospital. Pre-register. 3663 S. Miami Ave., Coconut Grove    305-285-2770

Broward County

Boot Camp for New Dads
New fathers learn the ropes from veteran dads. Memorial Regional Hospital    954-265-5930

Palm Beach County

Boot Camp for New Dads
North Palm Beach: The Gathering    561-622-4913

High-risk Pregnancy

Sidelines National Support Organization
Support groups, contacts, federal agencies and general information relating to complicated pregnancies or premature births    888-447-4754

Legal Matters

National/State Resources

Bar Associations of Florida    850-561-5600
Legal educational materials, sample forms and information about the courts, community resources and free and low-cost legal aid programs.

Miami-Dade County
Bar Association

Legal Aid Services
Legal counseling and representation in civil litigation. Assistance in securing educational services for children and helping with domestic violence, housing and child-support cases. Sliding scale based on income.
3000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste 500    877-715-7464

University of Miami Children & Youth Law Clinic; 1311 Miller Drive, Ste F305, Coral Gables    305-284-2339

Broward County
Bar Association

Legal Aid Services
609 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale    954-765-8950

Palm Beach County

Bar Association
North    561-687-3266
South    561-451-3256

Legal Aid Services; 423 Fern St., Suite 200,
West Palm Beach    561-655-8944

Mental Health Support

Miami-Dade County

Psychological Services Center
Based at the University of Miami, this center offers assessment and therapy on a sliding-scale basis.
5665 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables.

Youth and Family Development  
Individual child play therapy, family therapy, parenting workshops and developmental assessments at Florida International University.     305-348-2885

Broward County

Mental Health Association; Support groups, education
programs, workshops and referrals.    954-746-2055

Brief Therapy Institute
Nova Southeastern University Department of Family Therapy for parents of children with school, behavioral, relationship and family conflicts. Sliding fee. 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale    954-262-3030

Henderson Mental Health Center Family Intervention
Immediate, intensive in-home therapy for children younger than 18 and their families.    954-731-5100
Youth Emergency Services
Immediate access to emergency therapeutic services.       954-677-3113 ext.3

Palm Beach County
Mental Health Association
Support groups, education programs, workshops and referrals.    561-832-3755

Psychological Counseling
Individual, family, group, couple and child therapy at Florida Atlantic University on a reduced sliding-scale-fee basis. Also, single parenting and general parenting workshops.    561-297-3540

Parenting Support & Education
NSU’s Mailman Segal Center
7600 S.W. 36th St., Davie/Fort Lauderdale
Parenting Place- One-on-one coaching,
parenting classes and free parent chats.

Sunflower Creative Arts
Serving Broward & Palm Beach Counties

Sweet Pea Baby Planners

Parent Support

National/State Resources
South Florida Moms & Cutie Patooties
A safe, fun environment where child socialization is a priority. Moms’ nights, play dates, crafts, cooking and family days..

MOMS Clubs; Moms offering moms support. In multiple counties; offers social gatherings, play dates and community service projects. Check their Web site for a chapter in your area or the support group listings at

Mothers of Preschoolers
Nondenominational Christian support groups.
Coral Gables    305-448-4428, ext. 621
Palm Beach Gardens-Maranatha    561-622-8330

Miami-Dade County

Families First
Free groups offered by parenting specialists from the University of Miami and funded by The Children’s Trust. For parents of children birth to 5 years; Baby and Me classes for parents of babies 12 months and younger. Miami    305-243-8425

From Careers to Crayons
A playgroup for kids and support group for ex-career moms.

South Florida Preschool
For parents of young children. Provides speakers, panels and activities for children and families. Members are also active in the community and children’s issues.

Totally Toddlers
A multimedia experience for parents and toddlers.
21st St., Recreation Center, 2100 Washington Ave.

Teach More, Love More
A support system for parents to get help in English, Spanish or Creole about child care, nutrition and community resources.    305-631-8111

Youth and Family Development
Parenting workshops, individual child play therapy, family therapy and developmental assessments offered at Florida International University for a reasonable fee.

Broward County
Holistic Moms Network
Information on alternative health and natural healing for children at. Nutrition Smart, 12594 Pine Blvd., Pembroke Pines

The Family Center Parenting Place
Support groups and workshops for parents offered at the Mailman Segal Institute. 3301 College Ave.,
Fort Lauderdale    954-262-6900

Palm Beach County
Professional Working Mothers of South Florida
For working mothers of children up to 4 years old. Moms’ nights, playgroups and family events. Jupiter/ West Palm Beach

Postpartum Support

Miami-Dade County
Mother’s Care Doula Services, Inc.
Serving Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach counties.

Broward County
Center for Postpartum Adjustment
A private group of clinicians offering counseling and support specifically for families. 1515 N. University Drive, Coral Springs    954-752-0460
Mental Health Association; Support groups, education programs, workshops and referrals.    954-746-2055

Palm Beach County
Mental Health Association
Support groups, education programs, workshops and referrals.    561-832-3755

Delta Psychological Group
2750 NE 185th St., Aventura    305-933-5733

Dr. Lauren Cohn
7500 NW Fifth St., Suite 11
Plantation    954-583-8831

Ami Kuttler, Ph.D.
4381 Casper Court, Hollywood    954-881-1241

Dr. Traci Seidman
7800 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 102, Sunrise.    954-742-8400

Therapist To Go
Therapy in your home     754-422-3098

Marriage and Family Counseling
Specializing in individuals, family, children
& teenagers. ÒSolutions to bring about change.

Maria C. Ramos, MS MFT
7600 Red Road #309, S. Miami    305-962-3344

Alicia Vidal-Zas, Psy.D.
12861 SW 42nd St., Miami    305-221-8200

Weston Psychological Associates
17100 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite 1, Weston    888-954-FOCUS

Relatives Raising Children

Miami-Dade County

Grandparents Rights
Advocacy organization for grandparents. 11580 SW 112th Avenue, Miami    305-252-1471

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 
Support group for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
Belafonte Tacolcy Center    305-751-1295

Grands for Grands 
Helps find resources and ease lifestyle change to grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising children. Coconut Grove     305-665-1042 

Broward County

Kinship Caregivers of Broward County
A Fort Lauderdale-based support group for families raising grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters or brothers.     954-355-5931

Florida Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Helps find resources and ease lifestyle changes.

Grandparents Class
Esther Grossman Women’s Health Center, 4320 Sheridan St., Hollywood    954-987-2000, ext. 4484
Memorial Hospital West     954-433-7110

Palm Beach County
Boynton Beach Senior Center, 1021 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach    561-358-7850 

Kin Support Project; Collaboration of the Children First Project of Barry University School of Law, Children’s Case Management

Organization and Academy for Better Communities

2724 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach    561-721-2887

Grandparenting Today
Information to help grandparents support new parents. Offered at St. Mary’s Medical Center, 901 45th St., West Palm Beach    561-844-6300

Resources & Referrals
The Children’s Miracle Network
Family coaching & support for first time moms    305-646-6868

Families Through Surrogacy
Deliver the gift of life. All expenses paid.

Family Central
Serving the Tri-county area.
Palm Beach     561-514-3300
Broward     954-720-1000
Miami-Dade     305-981-9897
miami dade healthy start
Supporting mothers and babies
Miami/Dade    305-644-2669

Shalom Baby
4144 Chase Ave., Miami Beach   786-507-6104

Respite Care
ARC Broward
10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise   954-746-9400

Coastal Kids Respite Care; 605 NE 12th Ave.,
Pompano Beach    954-941-1228

Florida Respite Coalition
Provides information on respite care services throughout South Florida to give parents of disabled children a break.    407-740-8909, ext. 107
Three-county    954-946-4805

Sexual Predators
Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Request information about sexual predators living in your area    888-357-7332

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children    800-843-5678

National Sex Offender Public Registry

Special Needs

Miami-Dade County

Alliance for Human Services; Information source for a variety of social services.
3250 SW Third Ave., Miami    305-646-7138

Carpe Diem Academia
15924 SW 92 Ave., Miami    305-971-1230

Child Find
Locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals With Disabilities Act and links them with needed services.     305-274-3501

Center For Independent Living of South Florida; Assists anyone with a disability to achieve and maintain an independent lifestyle, and advocates equality, dignity and the elimination of barriers. 6660 Biscayne Blvd., Miami    305-751-8025
ccdh; A coalition of consumers, families, advocates, community service providers and other public, private and governmental organizations that provide free services to individuals with disabilities.

Mailman Center For Child Development
Research, clinical service, training, screening, evaluation and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and special health care needs. University of Miami School of Medicine. 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami    305-243-6631

Parent To Parent of Miami; Nonprofit group assists families  with a child or adult with physical and mental disabilities through training, referral to community resources and information. Services in English, Spanish and Creole.    305-271-9797

Broward County
Child Find
Locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals With Disabilities Act and links them with needed services    754-321-2204

Florida’s Voice on Mental Retardation
Information, referral and advocacy for mentally handicapped and their families. 5591 NE 28th Ave., Fort Lauderdale

Ann Storck Center; Services for families with developmentally disabled children. 1790 SW 43rd Way, Fort Lauderdale    954-584-8000

ARC Broward
10250 NW 53rd St., Sunrise    954-746-9400

Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Family support, medical services and more for families with newborns through age 3 who are premature, at high-risk or developmentally delayed. 1401 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale    954-728-8080

God’s Little Acres; Provides a day of fun for children with developmental handicaps or serious illnesses. 4551 NW 39th Ave.,
Coconut Creek    954-984-0787

Siblings of Special Needs Children
Support offered at Nova Southeastern University for children ages 4-9 who have a sibling with special needs. 3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale

Palm Beach County

Child Find
Locates children who are potentially eligible for services under the Individuals With Disabilities Act and links them with needed services.    561-434-7337

Parent to Parent of Palm Beach County
1201 Australia Ave., Riviera Beach    561-842-3213
Twins & Multiples Support

Broward County

Parents of Multiples/West Broward
Meets monthly,

Mothers of Multiples
Meets at Coral Springs Medical Center.

Palm Beach County
Boca Raton Mothers of Multiples
Meets monthly at the West Boca Medical Center

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