Hibiscus Children's Center is a non-profit organization that is successfully breaking the vicious cycle of child abuse with the support of the local community. The mission of Hibiscus is 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.
Founded in 1985, Hibiscus has provided over 300,000 safe nights to abused children and services to thousands of children and families through our Programs:
Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach is an emergency shelter for children ages birth to 12 and their siblings who have been removed from their homes due to egregious abuse and neglect. Children receive 24-hour awake supervision, medical care, and most importantly psychological counseling in a safe, loving environment. The Shelter has many enhanced services including a Literacy Program that provides a comprehensive approach to improve educational outcomes for abused and neglected children in their care.
Hibiscus Children’s Village, opened in April 2004, provides a family-like environment to youth ages 13 to 17 years. The teens receive nurturing, love and encouragement with house parent or if needed, in a 24-hour supervised home. Youth receive mental health counseling services, enriching opportunities, and educational services while in their care. In addition, the village youth participate in Career Pathways to Independence, a positive youth development program that encourages academic achievement by developing life skills and job readiness training, tutoring and homework assistance, and offers a GED Lab on-site.
Sanctuary4Kids, Hibiscus’ newest program in St. Lucie County, is a 6-bed emergency shelter for abused children. This very generous donation of a beautiful three-bedroom home by the Guardians for New Futures is a temporary haven for children removed from their homes until the best placement can be found. The home will serve as a “soft landing” so the children are not re-traumatized by having to stay in a building or case manager’s office when there is no immediate place for them. The shelter is for all at-risk children, ages birth to 17 years, when they are initially removed from their families. Abuse can be present in many forms, such as physical, mental, emotional, sexual, neglect and/or abandonment. Hibiscus will operate the six-bed home with trained, qualified, and screened staff members, as well as volunteers, to provide trauma-informed care to the children who come into their care.
Hibiscus Supporting Families in Crisis (serving St. Lucie County only) is a primary prevention program for families who seek help voluntarily. This program offers intervention services for families experiencing a crisis through the provision of case management and as needed parenting, financial education, mental health services and limited child respite services. Eligibility for these services are families with children birth to 18 years of ages experiencing a crisis and are not involved in the state child welfare system. This program has a 98% success rate of keeping families out of the child welfare system during and one year after services.
Hibiscus Mental Health Program provides mental health services to children in our care and outreach services to children under 18 years of age and their families on the Treasure Coast. Families may seek our services for their child or teen to address issues related to child abuse, including physical and sexual abuse, sudden changes in behavior, defiance and aggression, low self-esteem, excessive fears and anxiety, grief related to the death of a family member, problems concentrating in school, or extreme anger and temper tantrums. Services include Infant Mental Health Services (for children 0-5 years of age) and Specialized Sexual Abuse Counseling for child victims, their siblings and non-offending parents in all four counties.
Through the incredible support of the community, Hibiscus Children’s Center continues to fight the devastating cycle of child abuse and to protect our greatest resource … our children. The Hibiscus Children's Center would like to thank you for your support and for helping to make our community a safer place for all children.