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ADA STATEMENT

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing special accommodations to participate in any meeting, hearing or program should contact Lutheran Services Florida and the appropriate program director for assistance.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

Lutheran Services Florida provides social services to all people without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (or expression), religion, marital status, national origin, socioeconomic status, developmental maturity, weight, physical appearance, veteran status, disability, handicap or any other legally protected status, and is privileged to be in partnership with governmental agencies and private sources in carrying out its mission.

NON-RETALIATION POLICY

No person shall be retaliated against, harassed, intimidated, threatened, coerced or discriminated against for making a charge, testifying, assisting or participating in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing; or for opposing alleged unlawful discriminatory practices prohibited by state and federal laws.

 

 Foster and Adoption Care

 
Provided by LSF for the Florida Dept. of Children & Families

The Lutheran Services Florida Child Welfare Case Management program is funded by the Florida Department of Children and Families through the Children's Network of Southwest Florida to provide Child Welfare services to approximately 1,400 children in Lee and Charlotte counties and through Eckerd Community Alternatives to provide Child Welfare services to approximately 1,000 children in Pinellas County.

Our current services include:

In-home Protective Supervision
These are cases in which there has been a verified report of abuse or neglect, and the Department of Children and Families has made the decision to allow the abused child to remain in the home. Families involved in this type of service meet with an LSF Case Manager to participate in the creation of a case plan designed to ameliorate those issues thought to be contributory to the abuse or neglect. Case Managers then assist the families in coordinating the services specified in their case plans, and they monitor the family’s participation in those services. In addition, the children who have been abused or neglected are visited in their homes on a regular basis (typically no less than once within each thirty-day period) in order to assess their ongoing safety. The goal of this type of case is to strengthen and maintain the placement of the child in the home, but if the Case Manager determines at any point that leaving the child in the home is not safe, a call is placed to the Abuse Hotline and the Florida Department Protective Investigation unit visits the home to determine if removal is necessary.

Relative/Non-Relative Placement & Supervision
If a Florida Department Protective Investigator determines that leaving an abused child in the family home would place the child at risk of further abuse, the investigator may decide to remove that child. In cases of removal initial efforts are made to shelter these children with relatives, or if that isn’t feasible, with family friends. Once these cases have been referred to LSF's program by the Florida Department of Children and Families, an LSF Case Manager meets with the parent(s) of the abused child to construct a case plan as described above, and services are coordinated and monitored. The child is visited in his or her placement on a regular basis (typically at least once within each thirty-day period) in order to assure the ongoing safety and well-being of that child.  The goal of this type of case is to reunify the child and parent(s), or failing that, to terminate the rights of the parents and place the child for adoption.

Foster Services
Click here for detail on Foster Placement & Foster Homes

Adoption Services
Click here for detail on Adoption Services

 

 See Also

 

See also

Foster Placement & Supervision

Foster Home Information

Adoption Services

Second Chance Program​
 

For more information call:
 

239-461-7651 (Lee and Charlotte counties)

727-461-2990 (Pinellas County)

 

 
 
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