It Takes A Village: New Life Village in Tampa provides a community of healing for Foster Children

It Takes A Village: New Life Village in Tampa provides a community of healing for Foster Children

New Life VillageTampa, FL, is the number one area in Florida with the highest opioid and affordable housing crisis problem, making it highly likely that kids end up in foster care. There are more than 7,000 children currently in foster care between Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties alone. Unfortunately, moving between families a few times a year, as is often the case for most foster care children, causes mental and behavioral health problems at an alarming rate. Sister Claire LeBoeuf of the Congregation of Sisters of Holy Cross, identified this issue early during her service with the church. She has been in the Tampa Bay area serving children affected by trauma and abuse for 40 years. Her main objective was to figure out a way to create a stable environment for foster children, especially older children that don’t get adopted out of foster care. After seeing a community called Hope Meadows in Rantoul, IL, that reduced the number of kids in...
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