F.R.I.E.N.D.S DOWN SYNDROME TAMPA
HOW WE CAN HELP
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.
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.
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
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.
For our 5-10 yrs. Meets monthly at various locations for fun. Contact Sylvia Costa for more information (954) 650-7691.
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.