F.R.I.E.N.D.S DOWN SYNDROME TAMPA

Call us at

813.245.2782

Proudly serving

Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties

HOW WE CAN HELP

Mission & Goals

New & Expectant Parents

MISSION     GOALS

MISSION    

The Mission of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Support, Inc. is to provide all encompassing educational and support services to families who have been impacted by Down Syndrome; while promoting complete community integration of those impacted by Down Syndrome.

GOALS

Our Goals are to provide broad reaching educational services for families impacted by Down Syndrome in the Florida Tampa Bay Area.  To provide financial and social service support for families impacted by Down Syndrome. To provide outreach to the Tampa Bay Area community in education and community integration for families impacted by Down Syndrome.  We serve the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, & Pasco County.

For Physicians

Expectant Parents

Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and unanswered questions.
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist you as you prepare for the birth of your new baby. Our Parent Liaisons can provide guidance for you and your family, connect you with another parent who received a prenatal diagnosis, and make a personal visit.

New Parents

For New & Expectant parents we have Parent Liaisons who are assigned to one or more hospitals and contact the labor and delivery, NICU, and social work staff. They introduce themselves and check in monthly to ensure that they have a supply of New Parent Packets to be given to new parents of babies born with Down syndrome. In addition, the Parent Liaisons are available to meet with new parents as requested. New Parent Packets are available in Spanish and a bilingual Parent Liaison is available.  Please know that we care about your family and we are here to help you at this sensitive time.

Our F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Parent Packet Packet is free and has vital health and Down Syndrome information. There are numerous pamphlets and brochures from various agencies, such as, "The Special Health Care Needs Resource Guide", info on USF Bay Area Early Learning Steps, Tampa Bay's Special Olympics Clinic, GiGi’s Playhouse Tampa, Hope Haven Clinic, Agency's for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Medicaid, Social Security and Tampa area special needs schools. A FREE copy of the book "Babies with Down Syndrome - A New Parents Guide" is also included in the Parent Packet. 

 

Play Groups & Social Club

BABY F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

For our 0-4 yrs. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Rotary Camp Florida. The Camp sits on beautiful Lake Gornto, in Brandon, FL. 1915 Camp Florida Road, Brandon FL, 33510. Contact Kathy Boisseau for more information (603) 438-2886.

TWEEN F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

For our 5-10 yrs. Meets monthly at various locations for fun. Contact Sylvia Costa for more information (954) 650-7691.

Social Club

For ages 15-25yrs+. This social club is for all Special Needs young adults who want to get together monthly. They will meet up for Dinner & a Movie, Laser Tag, trips to Busch Gardens, etc. For more info call Ann Foyt (813) 245-2782.

Preteen F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
We are looking for a volunteer to lead a PRETEEN F.R.I.E.N.D.S. for our 11-14yrs. If you are interested please call Ann Foyt (813) 245-2782. You will volunteer to organize and run a monthly date, time, place. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will provide your info on our website and Facebook page.

Quarterly Events

March -World Down Syndrome Day Picnic

July -Down Syndrome Awareness Picnic & Pool Party

October -F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Buddy Walk

December -F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Christmas Potluck & Cookie Swap

 F.R.I.E.N.D.S. DOWN SYNDROME TAMPA SCHOLARSHIPS

Conference Scholarship

The Conference Scholarship was designed to assist members who wished to attend conferences with a subject matter that would be informative and useful to them and their family. Funding is limited to $200/person and $400/family each year. Read More & Apply

Recreational Scholarships

Recreational scholarships are available to individuals with Down syndrome who wish to take part in recreational activities that include, but are not limited to, organized sports, summer camps, exercise classes, swim lessons, gymnastics and dance... Read More & Apply

Education Scholarships

FDST Education Scholarship program provides financial assistance to assist member who wish to attend in in educational activities. These activities might include but are not limited to IEP training, Wright's Law, private tutoring, auditing college courses, purchase of talk tools or... Read More & Apply

Down Syndrome Center at Hope Haven Scholarship

The Down Syndrome Center’s evaluation assesses the following: Educational Progress, Speech and Language Skills, Behavioral/Social Skills, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration Issues. After evaluation(s), your family will receive... Read More & Apply

Phone

(813) 245-2782

Address

P.O. Box 677
Brandon, Florida 33547