We invite you to take a 3D tour of The Children’s Neighborhood. Please click on the link below to view each area of our Neighborhood in 3D! (Double click on the dots, for each of the homes to view)
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Our mission is, Providing Homes and Keep Brothers and Sisters together… for the abused, neglected, and abandoned children of Northwest Florida, which we are able to do at The Children’s Neighborhood thanks to the generous support of our community. Children in Crisis has provided a home, on average to 100 children a year since we opened in 2008 while maintaining our goal to keep sibling groups together as much as possible. The Children’s Neighborhood provides an emergency shelter for young children and family foster homes to help with the severe shortage of foster homes in our community.
The Susanna Wesley Emergency Shelter is for children who are removed without notice from an unsafe environment. The Emergency Shelter is staffed 24 hours a day with a dedicated couple to provide a loving and safe environment for the children. The Emergency Shelter has the capacity to serve up to 16 children, with ages ranging between 6-17.
The Children’s Neighborhood also has five long-term family foster homes with a couple that lives in each of the houses. These full-time house parents provide a stable domestic environment for children who are in long-term foster care. Each of our family foster homes are licensed to serve up to 5 – 7 children.
For children who have aged out of foster care and have nowhere to go, Children in Crisis built 8 studio-style apartments to prevent homelessness in this under-served population. Our young adults, aged 18-22, live in these fully furnished apartments under the supervision of our Transitional Living Coordinator who helps to strengthen their life skills and professional development. While living here, young adults are required to maintain full-time employment, enroll in school full-time or volunteer with a nonprofit organization.
Our King Whitmire Therapy Center is specifically designed for the therapeutic needs of our children at The Children’s Neighborhood. The King Whitmire Therapy Center serves neglected, abused, and abandoned children for mental and emotional therapy, foster parent education, and support. In partnership with our onsite foster parents, wrap-around services, and our Educational Liaison, we celebrate each child’s benchmarks and recovery patterns as we work towards mental stability due to the recurrence of abuse that many of these children have suffered before arriving at Children in Crisis.
The Children’s Neighborhood is also equipped with a beautiful food pantry called Kay’s Cupboard. Kay’s is the first stop for non-perishable food items. We also have an amazing playground, a pavilion, and a recreation center for the children where they enjoy age-appropriate books receive individual tutoring, have access to computers and participate in group projects.
If you would like to schedule a visit to our beautiful neighborhood, please call us at (850) 864-4242.