Over 1400 children in Sarasota, Manatee, and Desoto counties are not able to remain safely in their homes.

Lack of foster homes means placing babies in shelters and separating brothers and sisters.

 Foster parents are local heroes, making a difference every day. 

"I am not afraid to grieve. I am afraid of what will happen to these children if no one took the risk to love them” – Foster Parent

To learn more about adoption go to our adoption page.

The Sarasota YMCA serves as the Lead Agency for Community Based Care for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Under the leadership of the Sarasota YMCA, the Safe Children Coalition is a collaboration between the Y and local community agencies who  provide child welfare services for dependent children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Child protection services provided include case management, foster care, independent living and adoptions.

Foster Parenting & Adoption Information 866-661-5656