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Florida Department of Education - McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities gives students with special needs the chance to attend a private school. The program is for students in grades K-12. Please see the website for more information.

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Florida KidCare

The state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts.

Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are:

  • Check-ups and shots
  • Dental
  • Doctor visits
  • Emergencies
  • Hospital
  • Mental health
  • Prescriptions
  • Surgery
  • Vision and hearing

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches - Harmony In The Street Mobile Camping (Region 2)

This agency has a mobile camping program. It combines Summer Camp and Youth Camp and offers it to areas that may be socially and/or economically challenged. The aim of this program is to teach youth how to use their free time in a positive manner. They will develop a high level of self esteem and learn positive leadership skills. It also helps them to accept others and appreciate the cultural differences of all. Please call for more information.

Toll Free: 1.800.765.3797

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches - Residential Care Services (Region 2)

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches provides residental care to children in need. It is for ages 8 through 18. Youth are cared for by "cottage parents" who help them develop a strong work ethic, sense of teamwork and self respect. Each child must be recommended by the local Sheriff. Please call or visit website for more information.

Toll Free: 1.800.765.3797

Free Legal Services - Bay Area Legal Services

This agency provides free legal services in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota Counties. They do not handle criminal or traffic cases. They do not handle Workers Comp claims. Please see the website for all services.

Applicants can get help with:

  • Basic needs, including housing, applying for public assistance, and consumer protection
  • Elder issues, including housing and income preservation
  • Family law issues, including divorce and domestic violence
  • Taxes

Legal Aid Line, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm: 813.232.1343
Toll Free: 1.800.625.2257
Locations: click here

Interpreters are available.

Grandparents as Parents (GAP) - Manatee Children's Services

Meets every 3rd Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Lunch and Child Care provided at no cost. Join a discussion group or listen to others who have walked in your shoes. Speakers come in to help with financial advice and planning, adoption, health and educational situations.

Learn what is there to help you help the children. Call Nancy Darr at 941.756.8197 for more informations and a tender ear.

Healthy Families Manatee

Healthy Families Manatee is a free program that gives families useful information on parenting and child development. They offer tools to make parenting easier.

What can Healthy Families do for you and your family?
A family support worker will visit you in your home to:

  • Check to see if your child is developing as expected
  • Connect you to other community services your family may need
  • Help you learn healthy ways of dealing with everyday stress
  • Offer you encouragement
  • Provide information on your child's growth and development
  • Teach you positive parenting skills

Please call to see if you are eligible for services.

Hope "Safe Shelter"

24-Hour Help-Line 941.755.6805 (V/TTY)

Outreach Office 941.747.8499 (V/TTY)

The Emergency Safe Shelter offers free counseling, food and clothing to shelter residents. It is in a safe place.

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HOPE Family Services

It is the mission of HOPE Family Services to promote safety, strength and well-being for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County.

HOPE offers:

  • 24-hour Helpline - 941.755.6805 (Voice/TTY)
  • Advocacy - case management
  • Children's program - individual and group counseling
  • Counseling
  • Emergency Safe Shelter - safe, confidential housing
  • Hope Chest - resale shop
  • Primary Prevention Program - youth-based program
  • Social change - speaker's bureau