Human Services

Children's Home Network

  • Tampa, FL
  • www.childrenshomenetwork.org

Mission Statement

OUR MISSION
We unlock the potential of at-risk children and families by providing compassionate and effective services that create opportunities for success.

OUR VISION
Children's Home Network will be a recognized leader in innovative programs and services in the field of child and family well-being, and as an exemplary model for the governance, management and operation of non-profit entities.

Main Programs

  1. Kids Village
  2. SEEDS
  3. Adolescents in Motherhood
  4. Fostering Families
  5. Kinship Services
  6. Children's Board Family Resource Centers
  7. Healthy Families
  8. Pinellas Support Team
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Oceola and Pasco counties in Florida

ruling year

1951

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Irene K. Rickus MS, LMHC

Keywords

Self-reported

children, home, foster care, kinship, family support, tampa, florida, volunteer, abuse, neglect, residential treatment, community counseling services

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Also Known As

The Children's Home, Inc.

EIN

59-0696284

 Number

2328628868

Physical Address

10909 Memorial Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33615

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Children's Home Network has developed a strong continuum of treatment, prevention and intervention programs serving vulnerable children and families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Orange and Osceola counties. Services include recruitment, licensing and support of traditional and therapeutic foster homes, community counseling, Kinship , Healthy Families, Family Resource Centers, KIds Village, Adolescents in Maternity, and SEEDS (Supporting and Empowering Educational Developmental Services).
The majority of our services is evidence-based and Children's Home Network has the capacity to implement programs and deliver on outcomes and impact. We have a sophisticated infrastructure that encourages accountability, and we continue to seek opportunities to expand to populations in need of our services.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Kids Village

Children's Home Network provides a loving and comfortable residential cottage campus for nearly 60 children ages 5-17 with an emphasis on sibling groups who have been abused, neglected and abandoned; intensive counseling and therapy.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

SEEDS

The Supporting and Empowering Educational and Developmental Services (S.E.E.D.S.) Program is a multi-disciplinary intervention team composed of schools, community, and family representatives. The primary goal of S.E.E.D.S. is to ensure children

Are ready for Kindergarten,
Are promoted at the end of the school year, and
Are reading on level by third grade.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

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Program 3

Adolescents in Motherhood

Adolescents in Motherhood is a blended residential program for new mothers and mothers-to-be ages 13-18 years of age. AIM is a haven for pregnant teens and mothers in foster care who want to remain with their child. The program provides a safe home, nutritious meals, individualized counseling, linkage with prenatal care, health care, and educational services to the girls. Our staff of child care workers, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and educational coordinators provide a structured, supportive environment where good health and learning are associated with responsible behavior and success in life. Classes in parenting and independent living skills, job readiness, stress-reduction, health, nutrition, and fitness help prepare our new mothers to be nurturing parents and self-sufficient adults who are ready to reconnect with their communities.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Fostering Families

There are over 1,000 children in Hillsborough County and close to 200 children in Osceola County, from newborns to 17 years old, living in licensed foster care as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Our Fostering Families team of professionals is exclusively committed to recruiting, preparing, and supporting foster families to nurture the children and mentor the families as a whole. We strive to keep siblings together, while providing safety and permanency through reunification and family restoration.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 5

Kinship Services

Kinship Services is a program available to family members caring for a relative's child(ren) in Hillsborough, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. It helps families connect to necessary services, expand family support systems, and reduce stress to promote family stability.

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Human Services

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Program 6

Children's Board Family Resource Centers

The Children's Board Family Resource Centers are located throughout Hillsborough County and offer programs and services emphasizing child development and health and safety available at no cost to members. The centers are designed to help families and communities become happier, healthier and stronger in a refreshing home-like environment where caring staff and members offer support, opportunities and new friendships. Funded by the Children's Board of Hillsborough County and partnering with the Healthy Start Coalition, Children's Home Network operated three locations in Town 'N Country, South County, and Brandon.

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Human Services

Population(s) Served

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Program 7

Healthy Families

Healthy Families is a nationally-accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their baby's changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and achieve their goals.

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Human Services

Population(s) Served

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Program 8

Pinellas Support Team

The Pinellas Support Team (PST) is a behavioral health program that provides services to families in Pinellas County with children in pre-kindergarten through high school, who are experiencing difficulties at school due to behavioral or emotional issues.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

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Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of new donors

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), Adults

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
New donors are individuals and corporations that have not given in the past two years. This number does not include in-kind donations

2. Total number of grants awarded

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Includes all granting agencies

3. 85% of children between 3-5 years of age not enrolled in kindergarten participating in SEEDS services will demonstrate school readiness skills.

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
The number represented is percentage of children served. School readiness includes knowing numbers, letters colors and beginning reading skills

4. 95% of children in relative placement will not have a non-relative foster placement within 12 months after services are completed.

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This number is a percentage of children served through CHI Kinship services that are still in that home 12 month after services ended.

5. Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), Adults

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Satisfaction surveys given to Residential, Foster Care, PST, Kinship and SEEDS clients indicate clients who report general satisfaction with services provided.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Children's Home Network has long served the needs of children and families in the Tampa Bay community. As early as 1892, Children's Home Network provided care to abandoned and abused children in the greater Tampa Bay area.
    Today, Children's Home Network (CHN) is a nationally accredited, community-supported, 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization that operates child and family-centered programs in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. CHN has multiple contracts with lead agencies to provide an array of services and is a well-established provider in the Florida Child Welfare System. At present, CHN employs nearly 250 staff and has an annual budget of nearly $14 million. Since 2002, CHN has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, not-for-profit, child- and family-service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. In July, 2014, our COA accreditation was approved through 2018.
    CHN has been providing residential living services to children and youth in the Tampa Bay Area for over 123 years. Our 36 bed residential program provides services through contracts with Eckerd, Heartland, and The Sarasota Y, although we do accept referrals from other areas of the state as well. The residential program is licensed to serve children and youth ages 6-17, and provides treatment to children and youth with mental health and trauma related challenges.
    The CHN Foster Families Program recruits, licenses, and supports over 110 foster families and 169 children and youth. Levels of Foster Care include Traditional, Transitional and Specialized Therapeutic. Since 2012, CHN has exceeded target outcomes (Eckerd Lead Agency) for increasing the total number of foster homes and increasing the overall number of children served. In 2015, the CHN Foster Care Program expanded its services to Osceola County through collaboration with Community Based Care of Central Florida.
    The CHN Kinship program is the largest provider of Kinship services in the Tampa Bay Area. Established in 2000, Kinship is designed to support relatives who are caring for family member's children. Our services help families to access necessary services, link children to childcare, after school and summer programs, and ultimately reduce stress on the family and promote stability. Twelve months after completion of Kinship services, 99% of Kinship families remain stable with the child in the home.

    The Kinship program reaches children and families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Orange Counties. Funding partners include Eckerd Community Alternatives (ECA) the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB), Children's Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC), United Way Suncoast, and Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF). In addition, Children's Home Network was selected as one of seven agencies across the nation to be awarded a federal grant for Kinship services.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Children's Home Network uses evidence based practices to provide the highest degree of care and service to the children and families we serve. Care for each child or family group is individualized to provide specific action plans that will bring the highest rate of success.

    The Children and Families that receive services are closely monitored and evaluated so plans can be adjusted as needed to deliver outstanding results. Case workers and other care givers are available 24 hours a day to meet the needs of the families and children we serve.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Children's Home Network has multiple contracts with lead agencies to provide an array of services in the central Florida area. We currently contract with Eckerd Community Alternatives (ECA), Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) and formerly HKI, to provide child placing services. We recruit, license and support over 110 foster families and 169 youth (majority in Hillsborough County). Our 36 bed Therapeutic Residential Program provides service through contracts with ECA, Heartland, and The Sarasota Y, although we do accept referrals from other areas of the state as well. CHN also maintains contracts with two major funding agencies, The Juvenile Welfare Board in Pinellas County and The Children's Board in Hillsborough County. Both agencies fund services to include community resource centers (3 locations), educational intervention services, mental health/behavior modification services, and Kinship services. Our newest contract was recently established with CBCCF to provide Kinship services in Orange County and Foster recruitment in Osceola County. CHN contracts with The Healthy Start Coalition to provide Healthy Families services in Hillsborough County.
    We are also a United Way Agency and receive funds for our Therapeutic Residential Program and Kinship Services. Lastly, CHN was selected as one of seven agencies throughout the nation to receive federal funds from the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), for Kinship services. CHN has a long history that demonstrates our organizational capacity to deliver high quality, evidence-based services in an impactful manner.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Children's Home Network has implemented a Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) program to empower the staff at all levels to assume an active role in improving program outcomes and overall organizational performance. Through PQI, we are striving to work together to continuously improve organization performance in order to fulfill our mission of providing the best possible treatment and support services to children and their families.

    The objectives underlying our PQI activities are: 1) Provide a mechanism to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of client services provided. 2) Ensure the mechanisms exist which monitor and evaluate staff performance and activity. 3) Provide a process to identify and resolve problems affecting client progress, service deliver, efficiency and appropriateness. 4) Ensure the Administration and Board of Directors of Children's Home Network, have adequate information to support quality services and/or identify additional resources as necessary.

    In addition to the organization's internal PQI program, CHN's program and fiscal operations are monitored each year by the organizations that fund our programs and services including: the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Eckerd Community Alternatives (ECA), the Children's Board of Hillsborough County (CBHC), and the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County (JWB). Each program provides Client Satisfaction Surveys which are also used to measure the effectiveness of our programs and services provided to children and their families.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Amazing results occur everyday at Children's Home Network. The many programs and service have success stories of children preforming better in school thanks to our SEEDS Program, Families that are reunited after the child and/or parent has received needed care, placement of a child with a blood relative through our Kinship services. The many programs that teach families to better deal with stress, learn how to live within a budget or help a parent find a job all point to programs making a difference in our community.

    How wonderful would it be that we would live in a world where parents don't harm their children, where everyone was employed, lived in a safe home or had enough to eat. As long as we have those challenges in our community there will be a need and our mission will not be accomplished
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Hillsborough, Pinellas, Orange, Oceola and Pasco counties in Florida

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Financials

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THE CHILDREN'S HOME INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Children's Home Network

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Irene K. Rickus MS, LMHC

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hope Dogali

Attorney

Term: July 2017 - June 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?