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Hometown Heroes: Amazing Grace

Grace loves to help others. Her latest project was helping foster kids in Pinellas County, Florida. Grace learned about a program called Eckerd Raising Hope where children in the foster care system can get free items. Grace sold some of her own toys and books to raise $150 to buy 18 pairs of pajamas. She also donated some of her own things too – including one of her favorite dolls.

Tampa 18-Year-Old Choose Foster Family Over Life on his Own

After living nearly his entire life in foster care, Mario Martell Thornton was adopted on his 18th birth day by Mike and Maria Cooke. As far as his adoption recruiter Misty Hubbard knows, he's the first 18-year-old to be adopted out of Eckerd Community Alternatives.

Eight Tampa Siblings Adopted by Same Couple

Jennifer and Greg Gossard have adopted eight children from the same Tampa family. The forever home was finalized for five children via Skype Tuesday. The Gossards were in Utah and the proceedings were held in the a Hillsborough County courtroom.

Young Chef Shares His Recipe and Story of Adoption

A seven-year-old chef whips up his banana bread recipe! DJ, whose family adopted him as a baby, helps spread awareness for the need for more foster homes in the Tampa Bay area. If you are interested in fostering or adopting a child from foster care visit Eckerd Kids at

Foster Friday: The Need for Foster Parents Here in The Bay Area

Studio Ten Live interviews a family that has adopted three children from Florida Foster Care, including their seven-year-old son DJ who cooked for the hosts of the show. The family talked about the need for more foster parents in the Tampa Bay area and encouraged people to consider fostering.

Saving Children, One Algorithm at a Time

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is the latest government entity to take advantage of predictive analytics from nonprofit Eckerd Kids to prevent child welfare tragedies. Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback™ analyzes child welfare data and flags high-risk cases most likely to lead to child fatalities.

Amscot Financial Contributes Mini-Grants to 12 Non-Profit Service Groups

Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $250 to $1,500 in support of 12 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers. Eckerd Kids, headquartered in Clearwater, FL, was one of the grant recipients.

Father Celebrates First Father’s Day After Reunion with Son

WFLA News Channel 8 interviews Nelson Garica and his son Logan. For the past six years, the pair has been separated when Nelson was arrested and sent to jail. Logan was in a state program handled by Eckerd Youth Alternatives | Pasco & Pinellas while his father was locked away. This Father's Day the two are spending it reunited.

Florida’s Foster Youth Struggling to Graduate High School

Nationally, fewer than 58% of all foster teens who age out of the system have a high school degree compared to 87% of youth in the general population. Eckerd Kids is working with the community to help increase the number of graduations seen amongst foster teens with two specific initiatives Fostering Education Initiative and Extended Foster Care.