The Child Development and Family Guidance Center

COSA  and the Child Development and Family Guidance Center

COSA services are for substance abusing  pregnant & parenting
women whose infants and preschool  children may experience
developmental delays.

COSA places a special emphasis on serving minority women and  their children in Pinellas County.

Therapeutic Development Services Include:
Preschool Education
Developmental Testing/Assessment
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy

The center’s CDA Certified Preschool Staff work hand-in-hand with
women  to enhance relationships and demonstrating bonding techniques in
a safe nurturing  environment.

COSA’S HIV/AIDS Expansion Services:
HIV/AIDS Testing in partnership with Johnnie Ruth Clark and the  Pinellas County Health Department (PCHD)
Pre and Post Test Counseling
Counseling for Women and Children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
Linkage to Medical Services

Day Treatment & Outpatient Services for Women Include:
Individual/Group Counseling
Drug Education & Testing
Case Management, Aftercare & Relapse Prevention
Urine Drug Screens
Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessment
Parenting Education
Recreational Therapy
Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Monitoring
Mental Health Counseling
Self-Esteem and Anger Management
Life Skills Training and Stress Management
Computer Training
Domestic Violence Groups in partnership with the Center Against
Spouse Abuse (CASA)
Sexual Abuse Groups in partnership with SAFE Centers and administered by Family Service Centers

Referrals are voluntary or coordinated with local health departments,
pediatricians,  child protective service organizations, probation and
parole, faith-based organizations,  drug court, and through PAR’s
Treatment programs.


Operation PAR’s goal at COSA is to help women live safe and drug free 
lives. PAR assists women in moving from public aid gainful employment
and educates  each  woman on strengthening their families for
reunification. Women regain their  self-esteem while developing new
friendships with other women and working toward  their goals.  We
strive to help women make changes in their behavior to reduce the
transmission  of HIV/AIDS and other transmittable diseases. Our main
goal is to solidify  their roles as unique individuals in an ever
changing community.

Operation PAR touches one person, one family, one community at a time.
We join  the community in its efforts to assist families in saving
their children from  the destruction caused by drugs and alcohol and
mental health disorders.

Operation PAR, Inc. has cared for families and their children since
1970. Operation  PAR was founded through personal experience, so we
understand the pain that  families endure when their children are
affected by substance abuse.

Shirley Coletti, D.H.L.
Operation PAR President/ CEO

Where to Find Help or  Where Volunteers Can Give Help

 Please call
 24 hours, toll free

 Operation PAR provides services on a sliding fee
 scale based on income. Insurance and Medicaid
 are accepted for most services.