Resources for Families

Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation: List of Florida Supervised Visitation Programs:

Supervised Visitation Network: List of Florida Supervised Visitation Programs:

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court:  Information and forms pertaining to court programs, professionals, as well as procedures and forms required (divorce, parenting plans, parenting coordination)
Mediation Services:
Courts Assisting Veterans:
Family Information and Forms

Sarasota Collaborative Family Law Professionals: The Collaborative Law process allows the parties and respective attorneys to work toward the sole goal of reaching an efficient and fair settlement of all issues. The Collaborative Process utilizes informal discussions and conferences, and a pledge by the Collaborative Team to quickly and efficiently resolve all issues out of court and without litigation.

Life Lessons of Manasota, LLC is an approved program for the Circuit Twelve EB (Evidence Based) Parenting Program provider for Redirecting Children's Behavior, The High Conflict Diversion Program, and Parent Coaching.  All curriculum's have been customized to meet the Standards for Circuit Twelve Dependency Court Evidence Based Parenting Programs.  Life Lessons of Manasota, LLC is approved for all Voluntary attending parents, and Judicial parents with children ages 6 & older.

Child-Centered Divorce: A support network for parents; we’re here for you & your children before, during & after divorce!

Next Generation Divorce: Serving Tampa Bay, our group of collaborative divorce professionals help resolve divorce through a non-litigated, peaceful & respectful team-based approach. Collaborative divorce professionals seek mutually beneficial results with you, your spouse, & children in mind.

Forty Carrots Family Center: Guided by the belief that the family is the foundation of our society; information, skills and support for the first five years of life.

SPARCC: Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center.
SPARCC offers a variety of services at our outreach offices, located in Sarasota, Venice, Northport and Arcadia. All of SPARCC’s programs and services are confidential and provided free of charge.
SPARCC's 24-hour Helpline at 941-365-1976 (TTY)
Services provided include:
  • Safety Planning
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Children's Services
  • Economic Empowerment Program
  • Case Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information and Referrals

  • Hope Family Services
    HOPE Family Services is a not-for-profit organization based in Bradenton, Florida (Manatee County),  providing services to survivors of domestic violence.
    Services include:
    • 24 Hour Helpline
    • Emergency Safe Shelter
    • Advocacy Programs
    • Counseling
    • Children's Programs
    • Prevention Programs

    Florida Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-500-1119 (7273)

    National Domestic Violence Helpline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)

    National Sexual Violence Helpline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 866-331-9474

    Family Resources
    Our mission is to strengthen families and build better communities by providing prevention, support, and counseling services to children, teens and families. Our belief and vision is that every child should be safe, every troubled teen deserves help, and every family torn apart in crisis be given the opportunity to mend

    Family Partnership Center
    FPC serves families residing in Manatee and Sarasota counties by offering in-home parenting services, community-based groups, classes and workshops. Family Partnership Center delivers programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth.

    Delphine M Herman, Counselor, EdD, LMHC, NCC, CCTP
    Path to Tranquility
    I enjoy working with clients who want to heal their pain, better their relationship with self and others and find a way to get through difficult times. It is wonderful to see clients grow and transform.
    Other areas of practice include: partner and family issues and addiction. I am also an ordained nondenominational minister, owner of Holistic Autoimmune Health (find me on FB) and certified holistic wellness coach who educates on whole food (plant-based), supplements, essential oils/flower essences and teas. I am also a Reiki Master

    Stephanie Hefner, MA     
    Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
    Licensed Mental Health Counselor
    Collaborative Divorce Facilitator 
    Adjunct Instructor, State College of Florida 
    Life is full of challenges that can leave us feeling overwhelmed and searching for new options. I offer specialized counseling that provides you with the guidance needed to balance life responsibilities, reduce conflict, decrease stress and anxiety, increase enjoyment and connection with your children, and improve marital relationships. 
    I focus on helping children, families, couples and individuals overcome their emotional and behavioral struggles that may include parenting and divorce issues, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, life adjustments, anger management difficulties or relationship deterioration.

    Suncoast Partnership to end homelessness
    Are you or someone you know homeless or at risk of becoming homeless?
    Use the links below to find a list of available resources by county.

    2-1-1 Call Center
    Every hour of every day, hundreds of people need essential human services – they are looking for training, employment, food pantries, help for an aging parent, addiction prevention programs for their teenage children, affordable housing options, support groups and ways of becoming part of their community. 2-1-1 allows people to give help and to get help.
    Call 2-1-1 or visit their website to learn more about your local 2-1-1.

    Sarasota County assistance programs.Find help for rent, utility bills, and other financial assistance

    Sarasota Social Services can provide extensive amounts of aid. The following programs are run under the GOAL name, which can offer assistance to families who are experiencing short term financial challenges. Resources include water bill service payment assistance, Prescription Assistance Program, as well as Mortgage and Rent Assistance. Centers are located in South Sarasota County Florida as well as North Port. Address is 6919 Outreach Way, North Port, Florida 34287, call 941-429-3700. Or find more Florida public assistance.

    Trinity Presbyterian Church is located in South Sarasota County.
    This Outreach Ministry can help those in need.
    Access resources including food, gas vouchers, small amounts for utility bill payments twice weekly, and even pet food. Assistance is also offered for the homeless. 4365 State Rd 776, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Venice, FL 34293, telephone (941) 492-6384. Or find more information on Trinity Church programs.

    Jewish Family and Children's Service of Sarasota runs a program known as Building Strong Families. This is aimed at preventing homelessness. Some of what may be offered includes counseling, free legal assistance, financial management, and short term rent/financial aid and food assistance. 1750 17th St., B-C3, Sarasota, Florida 34237, call 941-366-2224.

    St. Jude's Catholic Church may have emergency assistance for paying utilities.
    This can include water, natural gas, or electric bills. Rent help may be an option too, though it is limited. 941-955-3934

    National Resources
    AARP Grandparent Information Center 888- 687-2277 (toll free)
    Child Welfare Information Gateway 800- 394-3366 (toll free)
    Generations United 202- 289-3979
    Grandfamilies of America 866-203-3921 (toll free)
    GrandsPlace 860- 763-5789
    National Eldercare Locator 800- 677-1116 (toll free)

    For Parents Visiting from Out of the Area:

    Holiday Inn

  • Address: 5464 Lena Rd, Bradenton, FL 34211
  • Phone: (941) 755-0055
  • Hotel class: 3 star hotel
  • Website: ihg.com

  • Country Inn​​

  • Phone:  (941) 363-4000

  • Website:countryinnfl.com

  • Address:5610 Manor Hill Ln, Bradenton, FL 34203

  • Kids and Families Matter: 
    A part of the solution.