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A Child's Life
Families Raising, Inspiring, Educating and Networking for Down Syndrome.

Expectant Parents

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is here to assist Learning that your unborn baby has Down syndrome can be very difficult to hear. This unexpected news may generate a wide range of emotions and questions.

New Parents

CLICK READ MORE FOR PARENT PACKS The parent packets are delivered to the Labor & Delivery, NICU, and to the hospitals Social Workers to ensure they are available to you.


For Physicians

Learning the Diagnosis This is extremely difficult for parents and should be handled delicately. Physician’s please watch the attached film


                           HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR FRIENDS

Legends Hospitality at Raymond James Stadium is offering FRIENDS an opportunity to raise money for our organization.  We need 20 volunteers to help us take "ownership" of a concession stand at the stadium during events. We would be responsible for counting inventory, handling money, preparing food, selling product, cleaning, and providing customer service to guests during events.

The requirements are:

1.  All volunteers have to be 18 years of age or older as the stadium will be selling alcohol.

2.  Every volunteer that participates in our fundraising program is required to attend an in-person orientation that includes customer service, food safety, and alcohol safety (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management).  This training will include cash handling, inventory, register, and operational training. Each organization is required to have 2 trained leads at each event.

3. We need at least 20 volunteers. We would like our Special Needs self-advocates who are 18yrs or older to help work the stand, advocating, showing the community that our adults can and do work.

4. We are looking to do at least 5 events. The events will be from 6 to 10 hrs long.  Though you won't be actually attending the event, you'll get to listen to the concerts of The Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney, not to mention be caught up in the excitement of the football games! Imagine being there for Superbowl 2021!!  

Jeff Green and myself will be leads for the events. If you can help with all five events or just one, please click the link below to sign up!. You can also sign up by replying to this email, or sending an email to info@friendssupport.org, or calling me (813)245-2782 or Jeff Green (813)453-1632, jeff@friendssupport.org . The next training is March 8th and March 28th. 

Thank you so much for supporting FRIENDS! We appreciate all of your time and effort in to helping us raise money for our programs and advocating for our Special Needs community!

Ann Foyt - FRIENDS Executive Director
& Jeff Green - Treasurer

Latest Inspiring Stories & More

14 April 2019

Click on the picture above to watch our FRIENDS commercial.

FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida has put together a video at our Easter Picnic.  FDSWF is raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A Down syndrome center that will offer all our current programming and provide a desperately needed daycare, after-school program, and adult day program for all special needs individuals.. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video.

11 March 2019

Read our Letter from DEO

Congratulations on your recognition as a Florida Unique Abilities Partner. We are excited you have become our partner in providing career and financial opportunities to individuals with unique abilities.

Click here for PDF

05 January 2019

How to Approach My Brother With Down Syndrome

I’ve grown up with my brother, Michael, who has Down syndrome my whole life. It’s always been natural for me to approach another individual with disabilities without hesitation. However, I’ve noticed that even some of my closest friends struggle with approaching Michael, so I thought I’d write about ways to make it easier.

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VOLUNTEER - Thank you for your interest in volunteering for FRIENDS - Down Syndrome West Florida. We are always in need of great volunteers who are hard-working, organized and who love interacting with our families. As a volunteer, you are essential and play an important role in making our events so special for our families. 

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FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida Video

Thank you FRIENDS Volunteers.

FRIENDS Down Syndrome West Florida has put together a video for the Ellen DeGeneres & Cheerios One Million Acts of Good promotion. We are raising funds to open THE FRIENDS CENTER - A special needs daycare. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had a lot of fun taping it. Please share the video. Thanks so much! Wish us luck!

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