In 1998, it was the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Children and Families should outsource the provision of foster care and related services statewide. United for Families was the only agency to write a proposal to request consideration for the role of the community-based care lead agency to provide foster care and related services in District 15.
United for Families was created in 2002. Several agencies worked together and assisted in the formation of United for Families. The agencies were: Children's Home Society of Florida, Family Preservation Services of Florida, Exchange Club Castle, and New Horizons of the Treasure Coast.
United for Families received the contract from the Department of Children and Families following the competitive procurement process, and all necessary negotiations. All children known to have been abused or neglected in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties are now the responsibility of United for Families.
United for Families is a 501(C) (3) corporation. The mission of United for Families is to break the cycle of child abuse through a diverse network of community partners and innovative services..