In 1985, LaVaughn Tilton was involved with a local organization that provided training to volunteers assigned to work with abusive parents. The need was real and, for LaVaughn, a deeper concern was growing, “What about the children? We don’t have any safe homes for the children”.

LaVaughn’s quest to create what would become the Treasure Coast’s only licensed emergency shelter for abused children inspired an entire community to embrace her vision of providing a safe haven for abused, abandoned, and neglected children and youth.

Almost three decades later, Hibiscus Children’s Center has gradually expanded to care for 76 children seeking refuge from abusive homes. Mental health services, addressing the specific traumas and crises experienced, are provided to hundreds of children and families; the first of many steps in the healing process. Hibiscus Children’s Center is known across the country for its prevention program and services that have a 98% success rate of keeping families out of the child welfare system.

Since its inception, the vision of Hibiscus Children’s Center has never dimmed. Hibiscus is intently focused on saving children’s lives. Abused, abandoned, and neglected children have found a safe place to call “home” and Hibiscus Children’s Center ensures that each child is nurtured, encouraged, inspired, educated, and introduced to a lifetime of opportunities. Over a quarter of a million nights of safety have been provided to abused children and youth since the center’s opening.

Today, LaVaughn’s ardent desire to provide a safe and loving home for children is shared with all those involved with Hibiscus’ work. The center is grateful to generous supporters like you. You make it possible for Hibiscus Children’s Center to welcome into it care, fragile children who are often frightened, dismayed, and unsure of what the future holds.

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