About Foster Manatee2018-06-13T17:09:07+00:00

A Community Partnership

The Foster Manatee community outreach initiative is a partnership between a number of local partners dedicated to the well-being of children and families in Manatee County. In 2017, these partners formed the Manatee Foster Care Initiative to help meet the need for foster parents in the county, and Foster Manatee was launched as a significant step toward achieving this objective. Manatee Community Foundation has served as the convener of the group with funding support from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation.

Please visit our partners to learn more about their good work on behalf of our community.

Foster Manatee Partners

  • Bridge A Life
    A Christian-based organization with programs to help abused and neglected children and support foster and adoptive families.
  • Children’s Guardian Fund
    Provides funding to meet emergency needs and enable normalcy and enrichment in the lives of children in foster and state care in Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit.
  • Everyday Blessings
    Cares for children in Thonotosassa and Sarasota locations while they await permanent placement.
  • Parenting Matters
    Strengthens families and helps prevent abuse through comprehensive parenting education and support.
  • Family Safety Alliance
    Envisions a collaborative, prevention-focused community to improve the welfare of children and families in Circuit 12.
  • SOLVE Maternity Homes
    Offers housing, mentorship, and community for pregnant women of all ages in need.
  • United Way Suncoast
    Improves lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of the community to give, advocate, and volunteer.
  • USF Sarasota – Manatee
    Provides high quality bachelor’s and graduate‐level education and scholarly activity in a personalized learning community that prepares successful leaders and responsible citizens.
  • West Florida Foster Care Services
    A Christian-based non-profit foster care licensing agency dedicated to serving abused, neglected, and abandoned children in the community.

Funding Partners

  • Manatee Community Foundation  
    Partners with citizens to strengthen and enhance our community through philanthropy, education, and service – now and forever.

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