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See the latest news and events going on with Embrace Families.
Sep 27, 2022
Aftermath of Hurricane Ian
UPDATE 10/2/2022: Access to Embrace Families buildings in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties will remain closed through at least Monday, October 3rd. Our staff will resume normal work operations on Monday, working from their remote locations. We will provide further updates on plans to reopen our buildings in coming…
Jul 25, 2022
K2I REPORT TO CONGRESS MAKES NATIONAL NEWS
Our Keys to Independence program made national news this past week as stations throughout the United States aired stories about this pioneering Embrace Families program, which has become a model for states and communities nationwide. To see WFTV story, click here. The K2I team travelled to DC to present results of research…
Jun 29, 2022
Broken families can heal, but they can’t do it alone.
The Orlando Sentinel recently shared the story of one brave and committed parent, who recounts how she found the help she needed to rebuild her family, two years after substance abuse and housing issues led to her son being taken away. Meghan’s powerful story reminds us of the families at…
Jun 21, 2022
Medical foster mom answers call to help.
A recent News 13 story features Vicky Santos, one of Embrace Families’ amazing medical foster home parents. Over the years, Vicky and her late husband have opened their home to dozens of youth in care with specialized medical needs, most of them teens. Qualification as a medical foster parent requires some additional…
May 26, 2022
It's OK to not feel OK: Kids and mental health
With so much tragedy dominating our media and social feeds in recent days, it's hard to know what to say to reassure our kids. Dr. Corrie Kindyl, our partner at Community Counseling Center of Central Florida, wants kids and caregivers to know, "It's OK to not feel OK." To help…
May 11, 2022
What a night... We're still dancing!
View a "thank you letter" from WFTV sports anchor (and DDI celebrity dancer) Joe Kepner. After two long years, Dance Dream & Inspire returned to the stage at Hard Rock Live on Saturday, May 7th... and we couldn't be more grateful for the outpouring of support that made this evening such a success.…