Tampa Bay Times writer Claire McNeill profiles Eckerd's latest program: Friends of the Children. The program provides vulnerable children in Tampa Bay with full-time, long-term paid professional mentors. Eckerd is the first to offer this program specifically to children in the foster care system.
Eckerd has partnered with Friends of the Children, an organization based out of Portland, Oregon with chapters and affiliates in six US cities and the UK. Eckerd’s Friends of the Children Program assigns a full time, salaried, professional mentor to the highest risk children.
Eckerd was recently interviewed on the “Live in the Mountains” segment on Mountain Television Network that airs in 21 counties across North Carolina. In a talk show format, Eckerd leadership discussed the different programs in North Carolina along with the history of Eckerd.
After some early success, the nation’s largest single child welfare system – Los Angeles County – may bring in RSF. Adoption of the system was recommended by a commission established to steer reform of the county’s child protection system after a high profile child death.
The Rays, Eckerd and the Heart Gallery are in the fifth year of their partnership to provide the Home Run Club to foster children in Tampa Bay. The Home Run Club, formerly the Big Game James Club, is a specially designed, kid-friendly suite donated by the Rays for use by foster children and their families throughout the baseball season.
Adoption is a new beginning for parents and children alike, but many children that have been abandoned or removed from previously broken family situations are often conflicted when placed in the foster care system.
Lorita Shirley of Eckerd Community Alternatives in Pasco and Pinellas counties joins a "peer consultation team" organized by the Florida Department of Children and Families to resolve issues the Miami area’s foster-care system.
A retired Air Force captain got quite the surprise Thursday morning, when his coworkers at Berkshire Hathaway in South Tampa showered his adopted children with gifts.
A new program has expanded to Fort Myers in hopes of reducing youth recidivism in the area.
Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback is a solution shared with the Federal Commission assigned to study child welfare.