Home' Nonahood News : NONA 080116 Contents Children and adolescents in foster
care face many difficult challenges.
Often, they do not have consistency in
their life, which can be very important
to a child’s development and mental
Becoming a foster parent or adop-
tive parent means a person can change
the course of a child’s life, and while it
can be difficult, the rewards are great
and there is an overwhelming number
of children in Florida who are in need of
a temporary or permanent home. In fact,
each year there are 18,000 to 20,000 chil-
dren in Florida who are not able to live
with their biological parents and are in
need of a temporary loving home.
For more than 25 years in Florida,
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
helps make those connections for lo-
cal children in the foster care system.
Devereux Florida serves children and
families in more than 35 counties
throughout the state in partnership
with the Florida Department of Chil-
dren and Families and local commu-
nity-based care organizations, like our
local Community Based Care of Central
So, why should you become a foster
parent? Frances Soctomah can tell you
firsthand why she became one.
Deciding to Become a Foster Parent
Frances Soctomah has been wel-
coming children removed from their
homes into hers for more than 30 years.
She decided to become a foster parent
because she had four young children
of her own and had a hard time find-
ing reliable caregivers to watch her
children while she worked. She began
working mornings so she would be
home when the kids came home from
school. While at home one day, she saw
a commercial on television that de-
tailed children in need of loving homes.
She became interested, called and then
was hooked on wanting to provide a
temporary home for children in need.
“I just simply can’t stop,” Frances says.
“I love what I do. I love watching the
kids’ growth – it is just wonderful!”
Becoming a Foster Parent
Every child deserves a safe, stable,
loving home like yours. There is a great
need for foster parents in the Central
Florida area. If you are interested in
making a positive impact in a child’s
life, Devereux Advanced Behavioral
Health Florida will provide the support
you need to become a foster parent. By
opening your home and your heart,
you are giving kids in need a chance at
fulfilling their potential and enjoying a
life of success.
For more information about be-
coming a Devereux Foster Parent,
visit www.devereuxFL.org or email
Change the Course of a Child’s Life
Frances Soctomah has been fostering children in her home for more than 30 years.
The Giving Tree
The Nonahood community is full of giving people! At Nonahood News we
want to make you aware of donation opportunities. Here is a list of local
non-profits and their current needs.
A Gift for Teaching by David Weekley
David Weekley is collecting school supplies to fill
backpacks between August 1-15. Requested dona-
(1) Pack of Loose Leaf Paper
(1) Spiral Notebook
(1) Pack of 24-Count Crayons
(1) Pack of 12-Count Colored Pencils
(1) Pack of 8-Count Markers
Their goal is to collect supplies to fill at least 100
backpacks. David Weekley is providing the back-
packs. Drop off at 13798 Walcott Avenue, Orlando.
LifeSong Church is collecting new backpacks filled
with school supplies for Timber Lakes Elementary.
If you would like to donate, they ask that all back-
packs are filled with the following items:
4 packs of #2 pencils
1 large 3-hole zipper pencil pouch or box
1 box of markers
3 spiral notebooks
1 box of crayons
1 bottle of glue
4 glue sticks
They will be collecting until August 7. You can
deliver to 2800 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando.
Orlando’s Taste of the
Central Florida’s most distin-
guished chefs will join forces
August 27 to help fight the na-
tion’s childhood hunger epi-
demic at Orlando’s Taste of the Nation® for No Kid
The event features over 45 local restaurants, in-
cluding Lake Nona’s Canvas, many breweries and
other drink purveyors, music, a huge silent auc-
tion, and a lot of fun. Last year they raised over
$277,000 to help feed hungry kids and hope to beat
that amount this year!
Visit their website at hce.strength.org/Orlando
for information and tickets.
Saturday, August 27, 2016 | 6:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Orlando World Center Marriott
8701 World Center Dr., Orlando
Cocktail / Semi-Formal
21st Annual “It’s for the
Kids” Clyde F. Green
Golf registration for the tourna-
ment on September 24, 2016 at
Eagle Creek Golf Club is now
open. Register before August 15 to save $25 per
player. Visit cfch.net/openhouse for more details.
1. Funds for remodeling the kitchen
2. Replacement storage shed for storing their
3. Heavy duty lawn mower
School lunch items
9 AUGUST 2016
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