About Brookwood Florida

At Brookwood Florida, girls who have faced abuse, neglect or family dysfunction find a home where they learn to be self-sufficient and successful. With our unique four-part program, the girls develop the skills, self-esteem, and maturity needed for family reunification or to transition into independent living.

Founded in 1927, Brookwood Florida provides a unique, life-changing residential program for non-pregnant, non-addicted, at-risk girls between the ages of 13 and  21. The agency typically serves between 100 and 110 girls per year who have suffered abuse, neglect, homelessness and serious family dysfunction. The overall goal of the program is to help prepare the girls to become self-sufficient and self-supporting adults, and work toward family reunification when feasible. Girls are referred to Brookwood Florida in three ways:

  • The Florida Department of Children and Families
  • Parents experiencing stressful parent-child relationships
  • Crisis and homeless shelters

Brookwood Florida’s exceptional program offers a lifeline to girls who would otherwise be prime candidates for much more costly and restrictive programs, like those the local juvenile justice system administers. Without Brookwood Florida, these girls have a greater chance of dropping out of school, becoming teen mothers, experiencing substance and alcohol abuse and even run the risk of becoming homeless or victims of human trafficking. Additionally, many residents of Brookwood struggle with mental health issues that would only be exacerbated without the support provided through the agency’s program.

Our community-based program provides 24-hour care, seven days a week, and includes three residential tiers designed to provide increasingly more independent living conditions to help our clients move steadily toward self-sufficiency and reintegration within the community.

Tampa Bay Times and Brookwood Florida

Not only has the Tampa Bay Times been a Swanky Soiree presenting sponsor, they have also covered the organization and the story of Brookwood’s girls.

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