Manatee Children's Services Incorporated D/B/A Manatee Children's Services Mcs
1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton FL 34205
The mission of Manatee Children's Services Incorporated is to advocate for and provide the resources, skills, and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melinda Clarke Thompson
Board Chair Mr. William Tokajer
Board Chair Affiliation Holmes Beach Police Department
General Info
Organization DBA
MCS Child Advocacy Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1980
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Apr 2019
State Registration Exempt Apr 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Impact Statement

The agency's recent major accomplishments include: (1) Achieving National Accreditation by the National Children’s Alliance in 2016. (2) In 2014, MCS established an endowment fund to ensure financial stability and to provide support to the agency’s programs. (3) In 2014, MCS purchased and opened the agency’s first Main Office Campus and Advocacy Center Building.

The agency's primary goals include: (1) To provide safe haven and a full array of services to our community's child victims of abuse in order to promote their well-being and prevent further trauma. (2) To provide agency staff with appropriate training and skill development opportunities in order to meet the diverse needs of the children we serve. (3) To develop and expand the knowledge of all members of the community, both children and adults, in order to equip them with the skills to recognize, prevent and appropriately respond to the issue of child abuse.

Needs Statement
Each year Manatee Children's Services provides important, life saving, child abuse prevention services to over 15,000 children and adults.  A comprehensive spectrum of care is provided through programs that include mental health treatment, residential programs for child victims, emotional/prevention outreach services and medical treatment.  With the help and support of community groups and individuals, MCS is able to provide quality care to our area's most vulnerable population, child victims of abuse.
Emergency Shelter and Group Homes:  MCS provides the region's only Shelter and Group Homes dedicated to serving the needs of child victims of abuse.  Combined, these facilities can serve up to 30 child victims, male or female between the ages of 6-17 and on average serve over 200 children per year.  Volunteer Project Ideas:  Food, toiletries, linens, clothing drives, "House Makeover" projects, gift certificates and/or financial donations.
Grandparents as Parents Program:  This program provides support to grandparents and other relative caregivers who have chosen to raise their child relatives rather than have them placed in the foster care system.  Each year over 300 children and adults are provided support services through this program. 
Background Statement
Manatee Children's Services is a non-profit Child Advocacy Center that has been serving our community's children victimized by abuse and/or neglect since 1977.  The agency provides a variety of services including our community's only emergency shelter and group homes for child victims of abuse.  Additionally, the agency provides parenting classes, grandparent and relative caregiver advocacy services, abuse prevention workshops, forensic medical and interview services and mental helath counseling.
The agency is governed by a Board of Directors and recieves funding from federal, state, and local governments, United Way and private donations.  Approximately 15,000 children and adults are served annually through the programs operated by MCS.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Manatee County has a population of 351,746 people, with 51.6% being female and 49.4 being male.The population has three main ethnicities: White: 72.6%, African American: 9.3% and Hispanic: 15.3%.
The County has a population of persons under the age of 18 at 20.5% and 87.4% of the County's residents have a high school diploma.

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
It is my pleasure to serve as Chair for Manatee Children's Services.  MCS has a team of over 50 professionals who are dedicated to helping abused and neglected children in Manatee and surrounding counties.
As a board we strive to continue the legacy that beguan in 1977 with a group of concerned citizens who saw an unmet need and worked hard to fill the need of providing temporary housing for children who had been removed from unsafe homes.  Over the past 35 years, the organization has grown to include 12 different programs and continues to provide the entire Suncoast Region with essential services to improve the quality of life for children in need.
MCS provides two types of programs:  prevention and intervention.  Prevention programs include:  In home, Individualized Parenting Educational programs, Group Parenting classes, Kinship support services, Self-Esteem programs, Court School, Personal Safety programs and Sexual Violence Prevention programs.  Intervention programs include:  Emergency Shelter, Residential Group Care and activities inherent in investigations of allegations of physical and sexual child abuse.
The positive impact of these programs to children and families we serve are realized in many ways.
Thank you for looking at our profile and for your anticipated support of Manatee Children's Services.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
It is such an honor to work in a community that cares so much about the children and families that reside here. We are constantly striving to provide comprehensive and quality services to the clients in our care and appreciate the support and partnership our Stakeholders and Volunteers have in our service provision.

Emergency Shelter for Children

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in our country. When our community’s law enforcement officials respond to these calls and removes a child from an unsafe environment, the Emergency Shelter is there to serve as safe haven for these children in need. This home, which has been in operation for over three decades, can house up to 12 children, male or female, between the ages of 6-17. While residing in the Shelter, MCS provides a full spectrum of care for this vulnerable population including nurturing, crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, academic support, recreational activities, food and transportation.  Most children reside in the Shelter for approximately one month while a more permanent placement is identified.

Budget $401,280
Category Human Services, General/Other Residential Care for Dependent Children
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Homeless
Short Term Success
90% of clients residing in the Shelter for a minimum of one month after completing a service plan will achieve at least one of their service plan goals.
Long Term Success
90% of clients in the program will report increased feelings of security and stability.
Program Success Monitoring

Program outcome accomplishment will be evaluated through client feedback on surveys given to clients at the time they exit the Shelter. On this document, clients provide feedback on feelings of safety and stability along with accomplishing goals. Additionally, program staff and counselor client observation notes are used to measure outcome results. Program outcomes are evaluated on an on-going basis in order to determine how the program benefited the client.  

Program Success Examples
In the last year approximately 93% of the clients measured successfully accomplished the program's established outcomes. 

At the age of 12 “James” was brought to the Emergency Shelter after receiving treatment in a local hospital for injuries sustained from being beaten severely by his mother’s boyfriend.  James was timid, introverted and often woke up screaming from nightmares. With the help of the staff and Shelter Counselor, he slowly came out of his shell, making friends with some of the other children and enjoying recreational outings. James stayed in the Shelter for over a month before being placed in Manatee Children’s Services’ Boys Group Home which is staffed by a husband and wife team who live on site. While in the home James flourished even more, attending high school, playing football and participating in volunteer activities. James has since graduated high school, found employment and is living on his own


Funding for a Child Protection Team (CPT) was awarded to Manatee Children Services in the early 1980's as part of a statewide initiative to bring together local experts to help protect children. The program is a medically directed, multidisciplinary program, which includes a specially trained Pediatrician, which works with local law enforcement and the state Department of Children and Family Services in cases of child abuse and neglect to supplement investigation activities. MCS’ Team members provide expertise in evaluating alleged cases of child abuse and neglect which may include a forensic medical exam and/or a forensic interview of a child victim. The CPT of professionals also assesses family risk factors, providing recommendations for interventions to protect children and enhance a caregiver’s ability to provide a safer environment when possible.

Budget $0
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Victims At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
90% of CPT reports will be submitted to law enforcement within 10 days of receiving a case.  Depending on the case, these reports may include forensic medical and/or interview findings, family history/data collection and recommendations for child safety.
Long Term Success
The ultimate goal of the Child Protection Team is to improve care, evaluation and coordination of services to children who are suspected victims of child abuse or neglect.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success is monitored by the State Department of Health through a specialized data base that requires case data input by MCS' Child Protection Team Case Coordinators.  Additionally, program success is monitored through satisfaction surveys provided to law enforcement that allows for their feedback on CPT's service quality.
Program Success Examples

An example of MCS’ Child Protection Team success is best exemplified by a case scenario that involved a young elementary school girl who, after participating in one of MCS’ child abuse prevention classes, reported to an MCS staff member that she was being abused by her Uncle. This allegation was reported to the state abuse hotline and routed to the CPT. The CPT Pediatrician provided the child with a medical exam and a Case Coordinator provided a forensic interview, both of which supported the allegation of abuse. With the program’s involvement, the offender was successfully prosecuted and remanded to prison, and the child victim, along with her family members, received mental health counseling.


The devastating effects of abuse on a child can last a lifetime if left untreated. Manatee Children’s Services provides mental health counseling programs that specialize in providing child victims of abuse with mental health treatment relating to their history of physical and/or sexual abuse. The clinical programs at MCS use Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist children who are suffering from post-traumatic stress return to a normal state of functioning. These programs assist the child victim, along with their non-offending family members, and help to decrease negative behavior patterns and emotional responses that occur as a result of sexual abuse, physical abuse or other trauma.

Budget $0
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Child Abuse Counseling
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
80% of children will acquire at least one coping skill through treatment.  
Long Term Success
The programs long-term goal is that 80% of child victims receiving services will experience a reduction in negative feelings and/or behaviors relating to their trauma.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success will be measured through a variety of means including client self report of improvement, parent/guardian reports, and Therapist's observations as documented in the client's file in correlation with the client's Treatment Plan completed by the Therapist during the course of service provision.
Program Success Examples

The Florida Department of Health, in a review of underserved victim populations around the state, identified a dire need for specialized counseling services to child victims of sexual abuse in Manatee County.   Manatee Children’s Services was approached by the DOH as the provider of this service based on our experience, expertise and proven ability to meet the needs of our community as they relate to the issue of child abuse and neglect.   Dozens of child sexual abuse victims have been served in this program over the last year including a 9 year old female who was sexually abused for several years by a family member. Though she was resistant to counseling and isolated herself during group therapy, she eventually disclosed additional abuse by an acquaintance during a group session where other members shared their own abuse.  She has since expressed relief at disclosing her sexual abuse secrets. This disclosure is a significant step in accomplishing her treatment goals of alleviating guilt, shame and low self esteem along with minimizing her risk of future victimization.


Manatee Children's Services offers several nationally accredited programs with the mission of preventing child abuse and promoting healthy family functioning.  These services include providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren rather than see them put into the foster care system, educating children and teens on abuse and bullying prevention, safety planning and how to report abuse. Additional services include intensive in-home and group parenting classes for parents who have had their children removed due to abuse and are working towards reunification.

Budget $0
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Victims Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
80% of clients receiving services will have an increase in child abuse prevention knowlege or skill.
Long Term Success
The ultimate long term goal of these programs it to prevent child abuse from occurring.
Program Success Monitoring
Program success is measured through client surveys and client report, measurement tools that measure increase in knowledge and staff observation and client progress notes.
Program Success Examples

*   Each year on average over 60 children disclose that either they or someone they know is being abused to a staff member after an abuse prevention workshop.  These disclosures lead to interventions and sometimes arrests, which, no doubt, spare repeat occurrences if not lives.  MCS's parenting program consistently demonstrates less than a 5% recidivism rate according to data provided by the State Department of Children and Families.  The grandparents and relative caregiver support program has been successful in keeping their entire dedicated program participant families intact with no children placed in the foster care system.  



Program Comments by Organization

One of the biggest challenges faced in operating the area’s only shelter dedicated to serving child victims of abuse included witnessing the number of times youth were brought into the facility, moved to a more long term living situation such as a foster home, and frequently returned to the Shelter, often due to their maladaptive behaviors. As an agency we realized these moves in and out of the facility only served to increase the trauma experienced by this already vulnerable population. In response, MCS increased the living space at the facility, allowing space for a 12 bed Emergency Shelter, and adding space for a 6-bed co-ed long term group home. This group home, called “Our Place” has served as home for dozens of at-risk youth over close to a decade, providing a safe, secure environment with a focus on life skill training and preparation for independence.


Since that time, MCS also opened two additional group homes, one for up to six boys and another for the same number of girls. Each home is owned by MCS and is staffed by “House Parents” who live on site, raising dozens of children over the years. The challenge of maintaining this stabile living environment for so many teens with a history of maladaptive behaviors was improved by increasing staff support to include a Mental Health Counselor and a Residential Director, in addition to utilizing local college interns in providing life skill training and additional support services.   

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Melinda Clarke Thompson
CEO Term Start Feb 1998
CEO/Executive Director Email
Ms. Thompson holds a BA in Human Services from Mercer University where she was  a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, Kappa Delta Epsilon Honor Society, Junior Standards Board, Rho Chi Fraternity Representative and a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators. She has over 30 years experience working in the Human Services field with 23 years work experience in Manatee County. She is a Certified Grant Writing Specialist and provides expertise in compliance, community networking, program development and fundraising. She has been with Manatee Children's Services since 1998.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Ms. Cheryl Andrews Clinical Director
Ms. Elizabeth Kelly Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Marcella Lacey Residential Director
Ms. Ashley Marini Child Protection Team Coordinator
Ms. Julia Robertson Chief Financial Officer
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 53
Part Time Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 61
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 45
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Manatee Children's Services' collaborative activities are vital and necessary as we strive to meet the needs of victims in our community with quality and comprehensive service provision. Our partnerships include The Department of Juvenile Justice, Safe Children's Coalition, Death Review Team, Statewide Runaway Task Force, America Counseling Association, Healthy Start Advisory Council, Manatee County Parenting Coalition and the local Hispanic Alliance.
National Children's Alliance - Full Member2017
Manatee Chamber of Commerce2017
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2017
United Way Member Agency2017
Fresh From Florida2017
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2017
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2010
Florida Department of Children and Families2017
Florida Department of Health2017
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2017
Awards & Recognition
Champions of Healthcare Award/MCS Child Protection Team and Dr. Jerome IsaacManatee Chamber of Commerce2015
The Detective James B. Wischer, Jr. Child Advocate of the Year Award/Major Connie ShingledeckerManatee Children's Services, Inc.2016
Sexual Abuse Treatment Program Highest Scoring Provider in the State of FloridaFlorida Department of Health2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Boiler and Machinery
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Automobile Insurance
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William Tokajer
Company Affiliation Holmes Beach Police Department
Board Term July 1993 to July 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Jesse Carr Sothebys Realty
Mr. Ric Davis Manatee Landscape Services
Mrs. Kelly Hunt Permesly, Permesly & Hunt
Mr. Henry Lawrence Henry Lawrence Youth Foundation
Mr. David Reali CS&L CPA'S
Mr. John Russo Investment Advisor
Mr. Bemis Smith Bradenton City Council Member
Ms. Melinda Clarke Thompson Manatee Children's Services, Inc.
Chief William Tokajer Longboat Key Police Department
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 1
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 63
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Manatee Children's Services has a long and stable history in Manatee County providing comprehensive abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and residential services to child victims of abuse and their families. As with all non-profits, we depend on funding from a variety of sources as well as from our community.  Our Board of Directors' provide outstanding leadership and support to the staff and participate in fundraising efforts throughout the year.  We are always searching for new membership and encourage interested individuals to attend Board Meetings prior to applying for Board Membership.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2016
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $2,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $2,500,000.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $500,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose A Capital Campaign is planned for 2017 in order to improve and expand agency Child Advocacy Center operations and offices.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$2,697,372$2,541,366$2,249,753
Individual Contributions$78,442$91,921$92,276
Investment Income, Net of Losses$56,838$16,747$39,612
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$29,989$8,223$31,658
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$48,819
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,678,594$2,598,807$2,461,194
Administration Expense$79,237$148,304$252,292
Fundraising Expense$15,331$43,503$24,371
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.030.950.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%2%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,067,497$1,940,540$2,157,893
Current Assets$1,062,372$855,183$995,949
Long-Term Liabilities$354,867$399,161$436,537
Current Liabilities$241,823$173,983$212,736
Total Net Assets$1,470,807$1,367,396$1,508,620
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $1,287,075Government Grants - Federal $1,322,842Government Grants - Federal & State $1,587,079
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $890,976Government Grants - Local $727,984Government Grants - Local $662,674
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $519,321Government Grants - State $490,540Contributions, gifts, grants $92,276
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.394.924.68
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets17%21%20%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audited financial statements. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and financial statements reconcile.  Income per the financial statements includes the valuation of in-kind contributions.  The value of in-kind contributions is included in income on the audited financial statements.
Nonprofit Manatee Children's Services Incorporated D/B/A Manatee Children's Services Mcs
Address 1227 9th Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Phone 941 345-1200