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Sylvia Thomas Center / Resources

The following resources are of valuable to parents involved with raising children in a adoptive and foster family environment, as well as, to others such caregivers and the extended family. If your organization would like to be added to our website Resource List, please contact Sylvia Thomas Center by emailing us at

Sylvia Thomas Center Resource List:

  • Everyday Blessings:
  • The Children’s Home:
  • Children’s Home Society:
  • Children’s Board of Hillsborough County:
  • Insight Counselors:
  • Eckerd:
  • Bay Area Legal Services: Provides quality civil services to individuals and families whose circumstances limit their access to legal assistance in Hillsborough and Pasco county.
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children:
  • AdoptioNetwork: A volunteer-operated information resource for the adoption community which includes classifieds, FAQs, chat groups, federal, state, local sites and more.
  • AdoptionSearch: An adoption-focused Internet search engine, plus links to related websites.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Dedicated to the health of all children committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY): A national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. The primary focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).
  • Institute of Urban and Minority Education: Dedicated to urban students, their families, and the educators who serve them. This site offers manuals, brief articles, annotated bibliographies, and reviews of recent publications on family-school-community issues that are important to urban and minority families.
  • The Centre for Women: A leader in providing innovative services that strengthen our community, promote self-sufficiency and enrich the lives of women, girls, families and the elderly through . . .supportive counseling, personal development seminars, substance abuse treatment, educational opportunities, employment preparation, and emergency home repairs.
  • Family Support America Organization: For all people interested in helping children and families succeed through empowering families and communities.
  • Florida State Foster Adoptive Parent Association:
  • Hillsborough County Crisis Center: A private nonprofit organization dedicated to mental wellness.
  • Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.: Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc. is a statewide alliance of individuals with disabilities, special needs, or at-risk and their families. Our mission is to provide family-driven support, education, information, and advocacy.
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council: Guides development and administration of services for people with developmental disabilities by planning and funding research, innovations, and programs to improve the quality of their lives.
  • I Am Your Child: Provides information on early childhood development, including key issues, brain development facts, and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Search Institute: The Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to contributing to the knowledge base about youth development, to translating high-quality research on youth into practical ideas, tools, services, and resources.
  • Child Welfare Research Institute: A gateway to information related to the welfare of children, including an electronic journal, Child Welfare Review and a library.
  • Sidran Foundation: A nonprofit agency devoted to education, advocacy, and research to benefit people who are suffering from injuries or traumatic stress.
  • CLASP – Center for Law and Social Policy: A national public policy research firm with expertise in both law and policy affecting the poor. CLASP seeks to improve the economic conditions of low-income families with children and secure access for the poor to our civil justice system.