- Phone: (813) 655-7431
- Meeting Address:
15326 Fishhawk Blvd. Lithia, FL 33547
- Saturday: 5 PM
- Sunday: 9 & 11 AM
The mission of Fishhawk CARES is to support individuals and families in helping and serving children in need through adoption, fostering, mentoring, and volunteering.
- How can you get involved? Whether you are feeling called to become foster parents, adopt a child, or just want to help serve some vulnerable but deserving children within the foster care system, there are many options through our community partners and church-sponsored initiatives. Some of these are detailed below.
- Contact information. Questions? Want to get involved? Please email us at .
Just as we are adopted into the family of God as a permanent heir with Christ, adoption of a child in need gives the gift of a permanent home, a forever family and the love and guidance through the growing up years. We have many families within FFC who have adopted through a wide variety of ways, including domestic, international, foster care, older children, infants, and siblings. We work closely with the following two organizations locally:
FBCH provides Christ-centered services to children in need. This organization helps to facilitate adoptions, foster care, residential care, safe homes for victims of human trafficking, food/clothing donations to children in need, and sanctity of life education and awareness. They have locations across the state.
Director of Foster Care Ministries: Terryn D. Streets
Director of Adoption Services: Judy Hatfield
Phone: (863) 450- 8841
Eckerd is the lead agency for child welfare in Hillsborough County. Their services include child abuse prevention, child placement and adoption support, focusing on ensuring the safety and well being of vulnerable children.
Phone: (727) 461-2990
There are many other local and international adoption agencies to which start the adoption process through. The two above are organizations that we have worked with over the last few years.
There are more than 1,000 children in Hillsborough Country who are living in foster care as a result of abuse, abandonment, or neglect. These children are in need of a loving, supporting family to take them in and care for them while they are not able to be with their families. It is a scary and stressful time for a child who has been removed from their normal surroundings, but foster parents can bridge that gap by providing stability during a temporary time period. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you will need to go through training and obtain your foster care license. We partner with the following agencies:
A Door of Hope works to recruit, train, license and support Christian foster families with the hope of sharing the love of Jesus through foster parenting. They also offer volunteer opportunities such as making a meal for a new foster family, providing childcare for foster parent training, organizing donations of clothes and toys, and providing office support.
Phone: (727) 322-7640
Safe Families trains volunteer families who are able to step in to help other families in need by caring for their children and supporting parents during times of crisis. These parents in crisis willingly place their children in the care of a host family for a short period of time while they work to get back on their feet. They can reunite with their children at any time. Different from state-sponsored foster care, both the placing family and the host family participate voluntarily, with no compensation or expectation of adoption.
Phone: (813) 295-1777
Debbie Schreffler- Family Coach, Safe Families-Tampa Bay
Children who have been removed from their homes and are living in foster care are at greater risk for delays in educational achievement, identity development and unsafe behavior choices. These children can greatly benefit from a stable, nurturing relationship from an adult mentor. If you are someone who could provide assistance, reassurance and be a friend to a child in need, a mentoring agency can serve to train and match you with a foster child.
I Matter Too matches abused and orphaned children ages three and up with an adult mentor or tutor, who gives them one-on-one time, support and attention. As a mentor, you would meet regularly with your student to develop a relationship of trust, and provide spiritual, emotional and academic assistance.
Phone: (813) 248-3100
We have various local missions to foster homes throughout the year. If you are interested in serving for one of these events, please contact .