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About the Sylvia Thomas Center

Our roots run deep in Florida’s adoptive and foster family communities.

The Sylvia Thomas Center keeps the “forever” in forever families by providing adoptive and foster children and families the necessary tools and supports to enable them to bond and thrive.

For over 20 years, we have been making an impact on the lives of adoptive families, working together to overcome obstacles and address behavioral challenges. We are committed to supporting families who are on their adoption journey to identify and manage threats to permanency. This may include counseling and other supports to address the experiences the children have had with abuse, abandonment, neglect and other challenges to the attachment.

Since its inception, The Sylvia Thomas Center for Adoptive and Foster Families and its volunteers have touched the lives of over 6,000 children and families. Over 300 children have received intensive case management services including family and individual therapy. Our ultimate goal is to help families remain intact.

Without the generosity of our donors, partners, and community – especially the support we receive from Eckerd Connects – we could not do what we do. To learn more about the Sylvia Thomas Center, call (813) 651-3150.


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If helping adoptive and foster families is something you're passionate about, contact Kitty Einsmann at the Sylvia Thomas Center to connect and learn more about volunteer opportunities.

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