Welcome to Our New Website

Are you noticing anything different about us? St. Francis Children’s Center has a new look! Every day, we hear parents and children remark about the life-changing programs at St. Francis Children’s Center….words like empowering, accepting, supportive and nurturing are...

Advocating For Your Child

Whenever I reflect on my journey as the mother of a child (now a young adult) with special needs, I am sometime surprised, but always grateful for the opportunities and learning experiences that “being Melanie’s mother” has brought to my life. The journey of...

Self-Care for Caregivers

I travel quite a bit, and even though I’ve flown countless times, you will still find me paying close attention to the safety instructions at the beginning of each flight. While other passengers are busy thumbing through their magazines or fumbling with a credit card...

Staycation is NOT a Bad Word!

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s completely okay if you choose to stay home over Spring Break. You will not be called a bad parent if you don’t take your children to Disney World or Marco Island when school is out for a week in March or...