"I utilize the tools learned in the program to help my son get through difficult behavior issues in the classroom and at home."

Angela, Parent of Student at Emma E. Booker Elementary School

Children & Adolescents

Life is about choices. Teaching children and adolescents to make healthy decisions based on problem solving and effective communication can be the difference between success and failure. JFCS encourages families to work together to address issues that may be causing conflict and negative behaviors.


Complex Problems Facing Youth and Adolescents

JFCS programs help families to solve problems. If your child has difficulty with any of the following, JFCS has staff who can help.

  • Coping with divorce or remarriage
  • Exposure to substance abusers
  • Low confidence/self-esteem
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Discipline or frustration in school
  • Peer pressure
  • Academic success in school
  • Managing emotions
  • Truancy or other delinquent behavior
  • Gang involvement

At JFCS, our youth programs are preventive in nature and the goal is to give young people and their families the skills to achieve success in all environments. We connect with youth through families and schools to keep them linked to the community structure, making them less likely to engage in risky behavior such as drug use, crime, or gang-related activities.

Group Prevention Programs

  • Substance abuse education
  • Bullying and gang involvement
  • Anger management
  • Improving self esteem
  • Developing positive social values
  • Children of Divorce

Other Modalities of Treatment include:

Individual and Family Counseling; Play Therapy; and
School Based Programs

For more information on any of these programs, contact the Director of Counseling at 941-366-2224.

Camp Mariposa

Camp Mariposa is a program designed to help meet the needs of children (9-12 years old) facing the difficult challenges associates with an addicted or co-dependent family member.

Children's Crisis Team

JFCS, in partnership with The Florida Center, provides a 24/7 Children’s Crisis Team serving children and their families in Sarasota County.

Emma's Dream Team

Emma's Dream Team offers counseling services to students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School who are engaged in destructive, or potentially destructive, behavior.

Counseling for Children and Adolescents

JFCS provides counseling and social services for children and adolescents.

JFCS Summer Programs

JFCS Summer Programs involve middle school youth, ages 11-14.

School Based Programs / Safe Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension Programs

School Based Programs / Safe Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension Program (SATOSS) provides services to at-risk youth at Booker, Heron Creek and McIntosh Middle Schools and Booker High School in Sarasota County and Lincoln Middle School in Palmetto.

Adolescent Diversion & Assistance Program (ADAP)

To reduce or prevent future involvement of youth, ages 11-17 years old with the juvenile justice system.

Parent Advocacy Program

Project Pride is a prevention program aimed at reducing substance use among at-risk youth in Sarasota County.