Mission Statment

JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities in the Jewish community while working in partnership with families and the entire community. JAFCO provides a full continuum of high-quality services including foster care, adoption, family preservation, mentoring, independent living and developmental disability programs. The JAFCO Children’s Village, consisting of an Emergency Shelter and Six Group Homes, is one of the most unique and innovative programs in the nation. The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center supports families raising children with developmental disabilities by providing family enrichment, resources, and respite care all within one state-of-the-art center. JAFCO recently became officially licensed as a Foster Care and Adoption Agency in PA and our Philadelphia office is providing family preservation services to families in the Northeast Communities…giving every child a place to belong.



Our vision is to provide a privately funded model child welfare program which can be replicated by other communities around the country including a continuum of high
-quality family preservation, foster care, adoption, emergency shelter, group home, independent living, and mentoring services to at-risk and special needs children and
families in the community and support, treatment and respite care for families raising children with developmental disabilities. This model would work in partnership with the
state and in collaboration with other local agencies.


Our immediate vision is to provide an entire continuum of child welfare services to children and their families in the South Florida Jewish community (incorporating the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach).


Our long-range vision is to help promote the development of comprehensive services to abused, neglected, homeless and special needs children in other Jewish communities — whether those services are provided by local autonomous agencies or by JAFCO directly. While JAFCO was created to meet an unmet need in the Jewish community, as a Jewish community it is our privilege and our responsibility to serve any child or family in need.


Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1992 to provide services to abused and neglected children in South Florida.



JAFCO currently provides an entire continuum of programs and services for at-risk children and children with developmental disabilities and their families at both our Children’s Village and Ability Center sites including:

  • Children’s Emergency Shelter
  • Group Home Program
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Family Preservation Program
  • MST-Multi Systemic Therapy In-Home Program
  • Senior Caregiver Program
  • Independent Living Program
  • Forever Friends Mentoring Program
  • Special Needs Program
  • Developmental Disabilities Program


JAFCO Family Support and Preservation services are also being offered to the Northeast Communities through our Philadelphia office.