Foster Hope
Foster or Adopt a child

Core Functions

Core functions provided by the Safe Children Coalition are:

  • Case Management
  • Foster Care
  • Adoptions
  • Independent Living
  • Prevention-Diversion
  • Quality management &
  • Community & Client
  • Data Services & Client

Welcome to the Safe Children Coalition

The Sarasota Family YMCA serves as the Lead Agency for Community Based Care in three counties on the West Coast of Florida - Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto. Under the leadership of the Sarasota Family YMCA, the Safe Children Coalition (SCC) is a collaboration between the YMCA and many local community entities who together provide a continuum of child welfare services for dependent children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Child protection services provided include case management, foster care, independent living and adoptions.

Our Mission

The Safe Children Coalition is a community coalition blending available resources to assist abused and neglected children and their families in reaching permanency in a safe and stable environment.

A History of Community Based Care

The idea to re-engineer the child welfare system in Florida began simply enough with a question of "what would you do if you could?"...and the answer "to have the community manage the foster care system". This question and answer came from the hearts of two compassionate leaders in Florida - former Governor Jeb Bush and former Sarasota Family YMCA President & CEO Carl Weinrich. Through these exchanges in 1994, the concept of Community Based Care (CBC) was born.

Principle Beliefs

Principle system beliefs of the Sarasota Family YMCA and Safe Children Coalition are:

  • Child Safety, Health & Well being
  • Community Involvement
  • Accountability
  • Resource Management
  • Responsiveness
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Concurrent Planning
  • Single Point of Entry
  • Individualized Case Planning
  • Strength-Based Approach
  • Continuity of Relationship
  • Family Centered Practice

Non-Discrimination Statement
The Safe Children Coalition is dedicated to equal opportunity for all clients without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, status as a disabled veteran, military service connection, HIV, AIDS, or sickle cell anemia status, or on the basis of any other condition or characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We will comply to the fullest extent with the applicable regulations. It is the intent of the Safe Children Coalition to provide reasonable accommodation to clients with impaired sensory, manual or speaking skills and provide, as available, interpreters for persons with limited proficiency in the English language. Appropriate assistance will be afforded, when possible, to such individuals by this organization.

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