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Allyn B. Giffin

Medical Foster Care
The Allyn B. Giffin Medical Foster Care (MFC) program is part of Florida's foster care systems. MFC provides short-term placements for children ages 0-21 who have complex medical problems and are clients of Florida's Department of Children and Families.

Children who might need MFC include:
 
  • Premature infants that have various complications due to the prematurity (respiratory problems, feeding problems, apnea)
  • Children with chronic problems such as asthma that need to be stabilized
  • Children with G-tubes who take little or no nutrition by mouth.
  • Children with potential life threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, etc.
  • Children diagnosed as FTT
  • Children who have medical problems as a result of abuse or neglect (burns, fractures, Shaken Baby Syndrome).
  • Infants who are drug exposed and require medication or treatment.
Services Provided
The Allyn B. Giffin Medical Foster Care (MFC) program provides family-based individualized residential care to children ages birth to twenty one who have complex medical problems.
Each child is placed in a licensed foster home that is supervised by a Registered Nurse. The nurse provides:
  • medical care plans
  • medical follow-up
  • developmental follow-up
  • medical supervision of the homes
 
Overall supervision is provided by the Program Manager and Medical Director. In addition, the nurse, the MFC parent, and the clinical social worker work closely with the biological parents or guardian and act as role models, teachers, and advocates with the primary goals of:
  • strengthening the family,
  • accomplishing set goals, and
  • successfully reunifying the family.
 
Referrals are made for any services that the family members need to accomplish reunification. Referrals include, but are not limited to:
  • parenting
  • mental health counseling
  • substance abuse treatment
  • anger management
Call for more information:
727.544.3900 ext. 8217