Champions for Children was founded in 1977 and known as the Child Abuse Council. The Council was an outgrowth of a project led by the Junior League of Tampa and other community partners, with a mission to treat child abuse and neglect. We have always envisioned a world free from child abuse and neglect, and through our work with families came to hold the conviction that a shift to a prevention-first model would be the best way to help our community realize this vision.
Over time, our mission evolved to be more “proactive” than “reactive” and we changed our name to Champions for Children. Today, we are the Tampa Bay area’s leading agency dedicated exclusively to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through family education, with more than 35,000 children, parents, and other caregivers benefiting from their participation in our nationally accredited programs and services annually.