Champions for Children is one of the only organizations in the state of Florida to focus exclusively on preventing abuse & neglect before they even begin. Founded in 1977 with a focus on treating abuse, we shifted our focus to prevention and strengthening families in 2000 to better serve the needs of the community. Today, Champions is a nationally-accredited agency working to prevent abuse & neglect by providing evidence-based and research-informed resources, education and support to parents and caregivers.
Classes and Individualized Support
Research-informed and evidence-based nurturing parent classes designed to help parents develop skills to raise healthy, thriving children.
Playgroups & Screenings
Parent-child-together playgroups utilizing developmental screenings and research-informed activities to help parents bond and connect with their infants and toddlers while learning together.
Home Visiting Services
Long-term individualized parenting support provided in-home by professionals with expertise in child development.
Child Abuse & Bullying Education
Educational puppet shows teaching children to safely recognize and report abuse, neglect, bullying and other personal safety issues in schools.
Who We Serve
Each year, Champions for Children’s programs serve nearly 40,000 children and parents. CFC is committed to serving families with children from birth to 18 years old, with a special focus on the critically important 0-5 year-old range. The families we serve represent the full socioeconomic diversity of the Tampa Bay Area. In order to ensure all families have access to our services, CFC is committed to providing all services at no charge or, in very limited circumstances, a low fee.
Why Our Work Matters
Sadly, Hillsborough County consistently ranks as the highest in the state for the most reported and confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused or neglected are significantly more likely to face impaired socioemotional development, poor physical health, substance abuse, and an array of emotional and psychological issues. They are also 3 times more likely to continue the cycle of abuse later in life.