May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the importance of foster care for strengthening our communities and improving children’s lives. Though we’re particularly focused on it during National Foster Care Month, Orlando Science Center has a year-round partnership with Community Based Care of Central Florida, whose services include fostering, adoption and diversion.
Orlando Science Center is designated as Community Based Care of Central Florida’s site for supervised visits for foster children, their families and case workers. The Science Center provides a friendly and natural environment for case workers to observe family interactions rather than holding these visitations in an office space.
When Orlando Science Center opened its new KidsTown exhibit in fall 2016, CBC of Central Florida provided a $125,000 grant to support the development of KidsTown, and to invest in high-quality early childhood learning opportunities for families. The toddler-specific area of KidsTown is sponsored by CBC of Central Florida.
“Through our partnership with OSC, we are able to provide a safe place for children in foster care to spend time with their parents and siblings,” said Glen Casel, CEO of Community Based Care of Central Florida. “This is a tremendous benefit, especially to the parents, as the environment here is ideal for practicing improved parenting skills and engaging their children in interactive, one-on-one activities.”
Throughout National Foster Care Month this May, CBC of Central Florida’s public service announcements will be showing before films in the Science Center’s Digital Adventure Theater.
“Young children are our community’s most important asset, yet no other partnership addresses their needs quite like this one,” said JoAnn Newman, President and CEO of Orlando Science Center.
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