The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, is a center for healing children and families in crisis or need. Our mission is to advocate for and respond to the needs of children in Central Florida who have medical, emotional, and developmental challenges, especially those related to child abuse and neglect. We offer six core programs, dedicated to providing critical services to children and families throughout Central Florida:
Orange County Children's Advocacy Center is a place where professionals – doctors, nurses, social workers, police officers, school officials and others – assemble to discuss and make joint decisions regarding the assessment, advocacy and treatment of child abuse and neglect cases. Child Advocates bridge the gap between assessment and treatment by providing support, advocacy and referrals.
The Child Protection Team is a multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide assessments of child abuse and neglect to the Department of Children and Families and law enforcement. Services include medical examinations and consultations, recorded forensic interviews of children, psychosocial evaluations and more.
The Healing Tree is the leading mental health treatment program for traumatized victims of sexual assault in Central Florida, providing individual, group and family therapy sessions for children who have been sexually abused, as well as their non-offending caregivers.
Teen Xpress is a mobile healthcare unit that provides a medical home and mental health and nutrition counseling for underinsured, uninsured and at-risk adolescents at targeted schools and community settings in Orange County.
Healthy Families Orange is a home-visitation program, based on the national Healthy Families America model, that helps to prevent child maltreatment and builds healthy, positive parenting behaviors for new mothers and fathers through education, referrals and resources.
The Developmental Center for Infants & Children/Early Steps is an early intervention program that provides specialized services for children up to the age of three who have, or who are at risk for, developmental delays and disabilities.