Children's Counseling Program

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HOPE Family Services, Inc.
For confidential appointment call (941) 747-8499
Bradenton, Florida 34205

Phone: (941) 747-8499
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-550-1119
Fax: (941) 749-1796
TDD Phone: (941) 747-8499


Program Description

HOPE's Childrens Counseling Program offers free and confidential crisis counseling (individual, group, and family) to children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence including non-offending members. The program gives children life saving strategies for family violence in the home and a safe place to express their feelings to heal from the trauma and learn new, healthy skills for living an abuse and violence free life. HOPE also offers emergency safety planning, advocacy services (safe shelter, civil order of protection assistance, court escort, food, legal referrals as necessary), and parent education. Parent services include crisis support, individual counseling, and 'court sanctioned case plan' classes for the non-offending parent whose children were removed due to the batterer's violence. Counselors offer parents safety plan strategies to protect their children, teach the effects of domestic violence on children and teens, and provide empowerment based parenting approaches to help their children. *Call for an intake appointment at (941) 747-8499 (V/TYY).

Services Available Through This Program

Child Abuse Prevention , Domestic Violence Prevention , Parent Education/Advocacy

Hours of Operation

HOPE Family Services offers a 24 hour, 365 days a year Helpline; a friendly, sympathetic and informed person to talk to in an emergency. For assistance on holidays or after hours call (941)747-8499 (V/TTY). HOPE's Outreach Office is closed on holidays.
Eligibility Requirements and Important Information

HOPE's Children's Counseling Program helps a victim, survivor and any child affected by domestic violence (witnessed and/or experienced) who lives in Manatee County. HOPE also helps a person who is fearful of being in danger from a current or former intimate partner and any non-offending family members affected by the domestic violence. All HOPE services are offered to any victim of domestic violence regardless of age, race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation national origin, religion, political belief, citizenship, immigration status, language spoken, or disability. *HOPE Family Services is committed to serving people with disabilities and pleased to provide accommodations, including sign interpreters, translation services and alternative formats of printed materials upon request from persons who ar deaf, hard of hearing or are living with disabilities.

Availability and Fees
Current Wait List: 
Handicapped Access: 
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Financial Assistance Available?: 
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Other Fee Information

All services are free of charge.

Points of Interest

HOPE's Children's Counseling Program offers Teen Dating Violence Prevention presentations for middle and high school students. To schedule a presentation call (941) 747-8499.


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