Our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

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Given the availability of vaccines and the changes in CDC guidance and local ordnances, our management team has been working diligently with the Department of Children and Families, our case management agencies, the Office of Child Welfare and the Florida Coalition for Children to share best practices and stay aligned with new mandates.

If you have any questions, please complete the Contact Us form, and a PSF representative will get back with you as soon as possible.

Office Operating Procedures

Currently, our offices in Gainesville, Lake City, Live Oak, Starke and Trenton remain open with limited staff capacity. We are working to increase staff capacity by July 15, 2021. If you need to visit one of our office locations for any reason, please first call the service center to ensure staff availability and verify hours of operation. Click here for the phone numbers of each PSF office location.

UPDATE: Our Plan to Return to the Office Beginning July 15, 2021, PSF is taking the following necessary precautions for individuals and staff members coming into any of our service sites:

  1. Everyone entering a PSF office must sign in and out – both staff and visitors. Visitors must also provide their contact information.
  2. Masks are required to be worn in all public areas including hallways, bathrooms, break rooms, meeting rooms, etc. Staff members working in their individual office or cubicle may remove their masks while alone at their desks.

You download the On-Call Directory for a list of after-hours contact information.

Resource Centers

Each of our Resource Centers will continue serving the needs of our community as long as we have the ability to and it is safe to do so for our patrons and staff. Our hours are subject to change, so please check this page often to verify the schedule. We ask that all individuals call the Resource Centers before their visit to ensure our staff can meet your needs.

Below is our tentative Resource Center schedule. Due to staffing capacities there will be occasions when these hours are amended so we recommend patrons call first. Please note that we continue to limit the number of patrons who are able to enter the building at one time, so individuals may be required to wait outside or in their car prior to entering the building. Staff availability may also be limited during some hours of the day, as noted.

Library Partnership, Gainesville, 352-334-0160

Cone Park Library Resource Center, Gainesville, 352-334-0456 (office); 352-318-1486 (mobile)

SWAG Family Resource Center, Gainesville, 352-505-6823

Tri-County Community Resource Center, Chiefland, 352-507-4000

Home Visits / Family Visitations:

We have resumed in person home visits and family visitations. 

On June 4, 2021 the Florida Supreme Court issued an administrative order for Children under the Protective Supervision of Case Management.   A caregiver for a child subject to the protective supervision of case management may object to the in-person nature of a visitation on grounds that risks due to COVID-19 will negatively affect the health or safety of a person participating in the visitation or of a member of that person’s household. The court must consider such objection and responses thereto before entering an order on visitation. This section applies to parent-child visitation, sibling visitation, and visitation between children and other family members and non-relatives.

Foster and Adoptive Home Recruiting, Licensing and Home Studies

Now, more than ever, we need families willing to open up their hearts and homes to local children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Please visit our Facebook page for the latest information regarding upcoming virtual Info Nights. You may also contact our recruiter directly at samantha.cowan@pfsf.org or 352-213-7219 . As always, you can learn more on the foster or adoption sections of our website.

The training, licensing, re-licensing and home study process is continuing using virtual tools whenever possible, including offering a virtual PRIDE trainings as long as needed.

 

Child abuse is preventable
We can help change the lives of many children and teens.

A hallmark of PSF’s system of care is our belief that child abuse is preventable. We have found that by providing resources and supports to families in need on the front end, many can avoid reaching the crises that lead to formal child welfare involvement functions.

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations throughout the year are a huge help to the children we serve. We accept donations by check, which can be mailed to our office or through the PayPal link here.

AmazonSmile

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Volunteer

Become part of a team that makes a lasting impact! No matter how much time you have to give, it is enough to make a big difference

Special Events

We often have unique opportunities to partner with us through events that are organized to benefit Partnership for Strong Families

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