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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.…
Apr 25, 2022
Public Allies Take Vision for Change to DC
Click here to view WESH-TV story. The mission of AmeriCorps' Public Allies program is ambitious: to change the face and practice of leadership by training talented young leaders, with a passion for social impact, to create meaningful change in their communities. This week, our Public Allies Central Florida cohort is taking that mission on the…
Apr 11, 2022
No Age Limit on Adoption
WESH NEWS (click here to view) recently captured a heartwarming story about teen adoption. Siblings Arielis and Christian first met Ms. LaDonna Comer four years ago when they were placed in the Bridging Lives group home. She was their house parent, and with her they found stability and love. When the home closed six months ago,…