This annual event, now in its fourth year, is the signature fundraiser for Eckerd, a non-profit youth services organization headquartered in Florida. Henry "The Fonz" Winkler was the guest speaker for the evening and told the audience of his own childhood. The event needed $250,000 for the charity.
Journalist Beth Walton reflects on her visit to CARING for Children's transitional living home in Asheville, North Carolina. CARING for Children is and Eckerd affiliated program, providing services to more than 1,000 children and families annually.
Onbikes hosted its annual Winter Wonder Ride this week in Tampa, FL. Proceeds from the event will go towards children's bicycles and helmets that will be donated Eckerd Community Alternatives.
Mike Carroll has been permanently appointed to the head of Florida DCF. Carroll worked with Eckerd to develop a rapid safety feedback program after nearly a dozen Tampa area children died. Now, a computer system can immediately flag high risk families.
On Friday, November 14th parents and children gathered at the Pinellas County Justice Center to finalize their adoptions. The ceremony was in conjunction with National Adoption Day, which celebrates families who have adopted children and encourages others to do so.
Don'zyia Jones, age 6, is one of the youths being helped by Friends of the Children of Tampa Bay, a mentoring program that matches vulnerable children with long-term mentors, or Friends. Read the full article in Spanish.
Cindi Blackburn-Jones, Director at Eckerd Boomer talks on Hometown Christian Radio about the upcoming free Thanksgiving meal open to the community.
News coverage by WTSP Channel 10 on the 6th annual National Adoption Day in Pasco County which took place on November 7th. Reporter Casey Cumley saids, "nothing but smiles, hugs and tears of joy filled multiple court rooms."
Last Friday , 18 adoptions took place as part of Pasco County's annual observance of National Adoption Day. The ceremony brings awareness to the many children in foster care still waiting to be matched with adoptive families.
In Hillsborough County, the 13th Judicial Circuit Community Alliance, which includes Eckerd Community Alternatives, recently launched an initiative to connect unaccompanied immigrant children and their caregivers with a variety of support services.