Success Stories

The Sastamoinen Family

When Joanne and Gary Sastamoinen learned it would be impossible for them have biological children, they decided to become foster parents. Since becoming licensed through Eckerd Community Alternatives, they have had a total of nine children in their home and adopted their first child, Lucius, in 2012. Unlike some adoptive parents, the Sastamoinens believe in maintaining connections with the children’s biological families, and Lucius’ grandmother often babysits the children. This foster and adoptive couple exemplifies supporting what is best for the children in their homes!