Right now, in Hillsborough County, there are 3,000 kids in the foster care system managed by Eckerd Youth Alternatives. The organization and families alike say the rewards you will get by becoming a foster family outweigh any sacrifices.
In July 2012, Hillsborough county selected a new local care provider, Eckerd Community Alternatives. Immediately, Eckerd began reviewing open cases with an eye toward safety, poring over the county’s previous child-endangerment cases, paying particular attention to the deaths.
Roughly 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon at Old McMicky's farm for Tampa Bay's Child Adoption Education Day. The event gave anyone interested in adoption the opportunity to face time with 13 family service agencies that work across Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, including Eckerd Community Alternatives.
Pinellas and Pasco Counties, there are almost 3,000 children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. These vulnerable kids become part of the foster care system and depend on caring adults who are willing to step up and provide the love and stability they so desperately need. Fortunately, there are people and programs available to help them. Lauralynn Segur is one such person, and Eckerd Community Alternatives is one such program.
Grace McBride is an 11-year-old on a mission to make a difference in South Brevard County. She has started a volunteer organization, Team Grace, to support families in need and to promote disability awareness. This past March, Team Grace was awarded the Children's Hero of the Year for 2015 in the Time category from Eckerd.
Up to 250 children enter the child welfare system each month, and many don’t arrive with so much as a change of clothes, said Kelly Rossi, director of Eckerd's Raising Hope, which is a program that allows the kids to shop for their own personal items. They accept donations and volunteers to stock their Rooms of Hope.
Enjoy the most beautiful scenery in central North Carolina on a bike ride in the fourth annual Star Trek Ride on Star Heritage Day, June 6. This is not a race. It is a recreational ride through a picturesque landscape. Proceeds benefit Eckerd's Residential Services in Candor, NC. Register online.
Eckerd, a leading child welfare nonprofit is donating its new predictive analytics tool, Rapid Feedback Mechanism, to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families for one year. Alaska and Maine are also working with Eckerd.
Alexandra Westcott, age 11, spearheaded a clothing drive, from May 1 through May 12, to benefit Eckerd Raising Hope.
Carmi Brown, director of Eckerd's Friends of the Children Program, responds to an article in the Tampa Bay Times that discussed youth outcomes in the poorest neighborhoods of Tampa Bay.