Family Support Services - lead child welfare agency for Duval and Nassau counties.

When a child or family in our community experiences crisis, we provide services, resources, education and support, with care, empathy and understanding. As the lead child welfare agency in Duval and Nassau counties, and in partnership with community-based organizations, we improve the circumstances and outcomes for families, provide safe homes for abused and/or neglected children and teens through foster care, and find forever families for children through adoption.


For families faced with challenges and crisis, hope is not lost. Learning how to overcome barriers and get access to the support system needed isn’t always easy. We can help improve and strengthen relationships, and keep children with their families through proven programs and services. 

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Children who aren’t able to live safely at home are placed in foster care while we work to resolve their family situation. Temporary foster homes that provide a stable, nurturing environment are always needed to help care for our community’s kids. Training, resources and financial assistance is available.

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The need for finding forever families for children to be adopted from foster care is great. Especially for teens. It’s unimaginable for anyone to grow up without support, direction, love and a caring family. If you have the means and the heart, expand your family through adoption.

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Being a teenager has its own set of challenges. But for those who’ve experienced trauma, finding normalcy can be an uphill battle. Learn how our innovative approach to reaching teens is having everlasting effects. Training and programs for foster parents, caseworkers and community.

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Raising a child, siblings or teen? We offer free access to child care programs, community resources for food, clothing and health services, parenting support groups, training and caseworker assistance to serve as your community network. Find forms, benefit details and resources here.

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Being the best you can takes effort, knowledge and skill. That’s why we provide the tools and training you need to be successful. Check out online courses and videos on how to become a licensed foster parent, hone your parenting skills, or expand your learning as a caseworker or employee.

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Young adults in extended foster care need foster homes, too. Educational programs, aftercare services and health care coverage are available to help support their needs as they transition into adulthood.


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Fulfilling Our Mission


Families supported & strengthened


Families reunified


Foster family homes


Forever families created