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Mission & Goals

New & Expectant Parents



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.


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 - Our Parent Liaisons are assigned to our Tampa Bay hospitals and are in contact with the labor and delivery, NICU, and social work staff to ensure that our FDST Parent Packets are available for new parents.  Parent Liaisons are available to meet with new parents upon request.  
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 FDst Parent Packet Packets are free and have vital health and Down Syndrome information. There are numerous pamphlets and brochures from various agencies, such as, "The Special Health Care Needs Resource Guide", 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 and Social Security.  A FREE copy of the book "Babies with Down Syndrome - A New Parents Guide" is also included in the Parent Packet. 

To request a parent packet or a Parent Liaison visit send a request to info@friendssupport.org.


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


(813) 245-2782


P.O. Box 677
Brandon, Florida 33547

or 1219 Millennium Parkway #119, Brandon FL 33511


F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome Tampa is a non-profit 501c3 Private Operating Foundation  

TAX EIN #65-1261646