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Children's Advocacy Center

Let's talk about safety! The Children's Advocacy Center is all about keeping kids and families safe and informed. You will find a wealth of practical information on our site. We specialize in providing information that meets each family's unique needs and concerns. So whether you are caring for a new infant, a busy toddler, a developing preschooler and grade-schooler or tweens and teens, we have something for you.

  • Get Educated
    You can find detailed tips and safety advice for almost any topic you can think of including the most common childhood injuries that may affect your family. 
    Take our safety quiz and see our safety tips.
  • Enroll in a Class
    Are you interested in learning more about health and safety by enrolling in a class? We teach a number of community classes that are convenient and economical such as CPR, First Aid, Safe Baby Express and more. 
    See class descriptions and registration information.
  • Need health insurance?
    We can help with that. Sign up for one-on-one assistance applying for Florida Health Care at a Family Support and Resource Center. Find out more information on Florida KidCare.
  • Want to visit our Mobile Medical Clinic?
    St. Joseph's Children's Advocacy Center offers free immunizations and physicals to children (18 and under) without health insurance, who have Medicaid or who are Native American or Alaskan natives. Find out more information or view Hillsborough county or Pinellas county schedule.
  • Do you have car seat safety questions?
    We have answers. Did you know 80% of car seats are installed incorrectly? With the variety of vehicles and car seats, many parents feel more comfortable getting their car seat checked by qualified car seat technicians. You may enroll in a class or a one-on-one inspection with St. Joseph's Children's Advocacy. 
    Find out more about car seat safety.
  • How prepared is your family?
    Whether you have a toddler who's just started to walk or a child who's learning to ride a bike, you'll find the low-cost injury prevention products at the Safety Store very affordable, easy to use and install. We offer a variety of products including: baby safety gates, bath water thermometers, bike helmets, child passenger safety seats, cabinet locks, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, smoke alarms and window blind cord wraps.
    Find out more about our Safety Store.
  • Do you have more questions?
    You can contact us and we would be happy to provide you answers to even the toughest injury and safety questions.

Attention educators around the nation: Germaine the Germ Thing™ is now available for purchase! Contact us today for more information about bringing this valuable lesson to the children of your community. Pricing includes curriculum and starter kit, plus instructor training if applicable.

GERMAINE THE GERM THING™ is an interactive lesson for pre-school, kindergarten and first grade children that focuses on the importance of hand washing. During this 30-minute presentation, children participate in a story about those yucky germs. Then through the magic of a black light and UVA disclosing 'pretend germ potion,' they can see how germs spread. Finally children wash their hands and see those germs disappear.

Our instructors continue to bring Germaine the Germ Thing and other health and safety lessons to the children and families of Tampa Bay. To schedule Germaine the Germ Thing in your classroom, call (813) 615-0589.

St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa • 3001 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. • Tampa, FL 33607 • (813) 554-8500