Two Prominent Nonprofits Align to Create Synergy






Kids In Distress, Inc. (KID) and Family Central, Inc. build strategic alliance, creating one of the largest networks of nonprofit organizations in South Florida serving children and families

Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 17, 2019) – Kids In Distress, Inc. (KID) and Family Central, Inc. (Family Central), two of the leading child and family service organizations in South Florida have announced their intent to pursue a strategic partnership together to enhance, expand, and increase their services. Upon the retirement of Family Central’s long-term and distinguished President and CEO, Dr. Barbara Weinstein, KID will become the sole member of Family Central. All of Family Central’s programs and services will be preserved after the completion of the acquisition.

“Our team at KID is honored to join forces with such a passionate and dedicated team of professionals who embody our own philosophy of ‘doing whatever it takes’ to better the lives of South Florida children and families. This strategic partnership will not only create a collaborative continuum that enhances accessibility to our programs, but it will also create efficiencies that will allow more dollars to flow into services for children and families in need,” said KID’s President/CEO Mark Dhooge.

“While the impact of both organizations is so vast, combining our separate competencies will result in a synergy that will build stronger families across South Florida. Together, the organizations will deliver more services and experience greater growth, and Family Central, Inc. is excited to be a part of this partnership,” said Family Central, Inc. President & CEO Barbara Weinstein, Ed.D.

Incorporated in 1979, Kids In Distress is the largest licensing entity of foster homes in South Florida. KID, Inc. currently serves 11,000 children annually and approximately 9,000 families. Each day, more than 250 children visit the agency’s Fort Lauderdale campus to attend educational programs or receive therapeutic services. The organization employs 170 people and its annual operating budget is $13M.

Since 1971, Family Central has been the South Florida leader in sponsoring efforts to promote quality early childcare programs, parent education, teacher training, quality early care and education, and family support. Annually, the agency serves more than 30,000 unduplicated, low-income, high-risk, or otherwise vulnerable children and families, as well as teachers. Its food program providers serve 35,000 meals to South Florida children daily. The organization has 140 employees and operates within a $18M annual budget.

About Kids In Distress (KID, Inc.)

Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach Counties (KID) is a licensed, nationally-accredited agency working for prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and care and treatment of abused and neglected children. KID services helped more than 11,000 children and families in last year through programs that focus on foster care, family strengthening, prevention, intervention, education, and family counseling. KID partners with corporations, organizations, municipalities, schools, and individuals to support its mission and expand services throughout South Florida. KID is accredited by the national Council on Accreditation. For more information about Kids In Distress, visit or Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @kidsindistress.

About Family Central, Inc.

For 45 years, Family Central, Inc. has provided high-quality early childhood programs and family support and educational services to create safe, nurturing environments for young children in South Florida. Nationally-accredited by the Council on Accreditation and certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training, Family Central, Inc. helps nearly 30,000 unduplicated, low-income, at-risk, or otherwise vulnerable children and families in South Florida annually. For more information, visit or call (954) 720-1000.