Residential Group Care

Our state-licensed residential program provides 24 hour, 7 day a week care to dependent youth between the ages of 11-17 who are not able to remain safely in their homes. A staff-to-child ratio is maintained at a minimum of 1:6. Placement in the program is intended to be short term, pending identification of a more permanent living arrangement.

Services we offer:

  • Therapeutic Behavioral On Site Services (TBOSS)
  • Education
  • Food service
  • Vocational certifications
  • Case management
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Recreational therapy
  • Independent living skills

Residential Clinical Services

Clinical Services provides therapy, nursing and psychiatric services, consultation, training, and psychological assessment throughout the programs in the Children’s Services Department. Master and doctorate level therapists provide individual, family, and group therapy for youth and families served in the residential and outpatient counseling programs. Clinical Services oversees the Behavioral Health Overlay Services available to youth in the Residential Group Care program. These services help youth improve their coping skills and prepare for independent living. Clinical Services' involvement in each program reflects the Division’s continuing commitment to ensuring therapeutic quality in every aspect of the services we provide to children and families.


Youth in the Residential Group Care (RGC) Program attend neighborhood and community schools. Youth also receive educational supports and tutoring to help minimize the trauma of experiencing a family disruption.

Children receive education advocates who:
  • Ensures youth are placed in an appropriate school setting
  • Remains in close communication with school personnel
  • Advocates for specialized academic services
  • Monitors the academic and social progress of the youth
  • Works with the team to ensure staff are available to serve as the youth’s support during parent conferences and at other school events

Residential Child Nutrition

Operated by a Residential Food Services Manager, each year the program serves nearly 51,000 nutritious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks to youth in our programs. Within the community, the program partners with Hillsborough County Schools to serve more than 8,200 meals to children attending the Dorothy Thomas School, which is co-located on the Lake Magdalene Campus.

Administered through the Department of Education, the program is a sponsor of National School Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack nutrition programs. The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Participation in these programs ensures meals served to children meet the recommended dietary allowances established by the USDA.

Catering services are provided at reasonable prices for small to medium sized events. These special occasions offer our youth the opportunity to gain hands on experience in the hospitality industry. Contact our Food Services Manager for more information at (813) 264-3807 ext. 53149.


The initial screening process is done through a phone interview. Call (813) 264-3807, ext. 53159, or (813) 272-6606.