Hibiscus Children’s Center
Transforming Children’s Lives
To maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected by providing prevention, early intervention, and advocacy in quality residential, assessment and recovery programs.
To eliminate child abuse, abandonment and neglect.
Hibiscus Children’s Center has been saving children’s lives for over three decades on the Treasure Coast. We have been providing safe haven to children removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect at our residential facilities – Hibiscus Tilton Family Shelter, Hibiscus Children’s Village and Sanctuary4Kids Emergency Shelter. Since opening our doors, Hibiscus Children’s Center has provided over 325,000 nights of safety to children victimized by abuse. Children and teens sheltered by Hibiscus receive Mental Health Services from professional trauma-trained Therapists and specialized Sexual Abuse Treatment Counselors. The children that come to us have been severely traumatized by abuse, including physical, mental, emotional and sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Hibiscus has the only Sexual Abuse Treatment Program in District 19 that is recognized by the Florida Department of Health. Every day, we are helping victims of abuse begin the healing process and building a stronger foundation for their future.
But what if Hibiscus was not able to provide these critical services to abused children? The cost to children and society is daunting …
♦ On average, 5 children die every day at the hands of an abuser.
♦ More than 50,000 children are victims of abuse and neglected annually.
♦ Children who experience abuse are 9 times more likely to become involved in criminal activity, human trafficking and develop suicidal ideations.
♦ Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for children, ages 5-18 years old.
♦ The estimated average lifetime cost per victim of abuse is in excess of $200,000.
We nurture the future of teens through the innovative Career Pathways to Independence Program where we are equipping teens with career training and tools necessary to progress to healthy, happy, caring productive adults. The “Healing Children through Careers” (HCC) Graphic Design Impact Center is an on-site career development business line for youth. This innovative business will enhance competitive employment opportunities for our youth. The specific goal of the program is to teach graphic design and printing skills as well as social and life skills so youth become successful community members.
Literacy assessments and one-on-one remedial reading sessions are provided for all children in our care. School liaisons monitor academic progress. Onsite libraries guarantee that children have the reading material they need and enjoy. Cultural event outings open doors to new experiences. Homework help and tutoring urge children to excel and give them the praise they deserve when goals are reached.
“I could never thank Hibiscus enough for everything that they have done for me and how they changed my life” – Former Village Youth
In addition, Hibiscus children and teens are given opportunities to experience – many for the first time – life’s little treasures. Treasures most children take for granted, like being read to at bedtime, celebrating birthdays and expressing themselves through arts and crafts. Children go on fun and educational outings, are introduced to the arts and participate in school extracurricular activities. But, most importantly, they are shown love, nurturing and caring.
Visit the Hibiscus Programs to learn more about each of our services:
Residential Services: Shelter • Shelter Makeover Campaign • Sanctuary4Kids Shelter • Village
Mental Health Program: Mental Health Services
Innovative & Career Planning Programs: Graphic Design Impact Center • Career Pathways to Independence
Prevention Program: SafeCare • Supporting Families in Crisis
Thank You for helping us provide life-changing services to abused, abandoned and neglected children.