Happy 20th Birthday!

This year marks 20 years of services for The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families!

As a part of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families has been providing services that help protect and heal abused children and bring hope to families of children with special needs. We also deliver medical care to underserved teens and help families at risk for child abuse raise their children with love and support. 

The Developmental Center for Infants & Children/Early Steps

An early intervention program that provides specialized services for children up to the age of three who have developmental delays or special needs in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Services include clinic evaluations and therapies provided in the “natural environment” of the family’s home.

Healthy Families

A home-visitation program offered in Orange and Osceola counties, based on the national Healthy Families America model that prevents child maltreatment and builds healthy, positive parenting skills for new mothers and fathers through education, referrals and resources.

Children's Advocacy Center

A group of programs, including the Child Protection Team, Child Advocates and The Healing Tree, that provides a compassionate and coordinated community response to physically and sexually abused children in Central Florida to reduce trauma and repeated abuse to children. Our child-friendly facility includes doctors, nurses, forensic interviewers, detectives, child advocates, therapists and child abuse investigators that assemble to make joint decisions regarding the assessment, advocacy and treatment of child abuse cases.  

The Healing Tree

The leading mental health treatment program for victims of child abuse in Central Florida, providing individual, group and family therapy for children (ages 3-18) who have been victims of abuse and their family members. The Healing Tree is a part of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  

The Child Protection Team

A multidisciplinary team of professionals in Orange and Osceola Counties who provide expert assessments of child abuse and neglect cases to help protect our community's most vulnerable children. Services include medical examinations and consultations, forensic interviews, psychological evaluations and more. The Child Protection Team is a part of the Children’s Advocacy Center.  

Teen Xpress

A mobile healthcare unit that provides medical services, mental health counseling, nutrition consultations and case management services for at-risk, uninsured youth at targeted middle and high schools in Orange County. 



Children’s Advocacy Center opens 



Advocates for Children Giving Society is established


Healthy Families expands to Osceola County


Case Management is added to Teen Xpress services 

The Developmental Center for Infants & Children moves services to homes (the natural environment) 


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The Gift of Time!

The Howard Phillips Center has been serving the most at-risk families in Central Florida for 20 years.  Now more than ever, your support is crucial.