Kashley Sonnier, a sixteen-year old in Palmetto, LA entered the Eckerd Wraparound program in May of 2015, because she had been struggling with behavioral issues. They were able to provide the teen with a newly decorated bedroom.
The Eckerd Acadiana Area Wraparound Agency will host an open house on October 28, 2015. The public is invited to attend and learn more about the agency, which serves children and teenagers struggling with mental health and addiction disorders who are at risk of being placed outside the home.
The need for foster parents in Hillsborough County is growing as more children are being taken away from their parents due to drug abuse. Of the 700 children in foster care, about 80% are there because their parents have substance abuse issues.
CARING for Children, a program of Eckerd, recently received a $1,500 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities to support the construction of a new playground at its Reddick Road office in East Asheville, NC. The location is home to CARING’s Foster Care and ACE Outpatient Counseling Programs.
National nonprofit Eckerd recently recognized Elizabeth “EJ” Babcock as its Director of the Year. EJ Babcock is director of Eckerd's CenLa Wraparound Agency, which coordinates state services for at-risk youth in and around Alaxandria, Louisiana.
Florida Community Bank announced the introduction of a new mortgage incentive program specifically designed to benefit local children in foster care. The new program gives applicants a credit towards the closing costs. In addition, the bank will make a $200.00 donation to local organizations supporting children in foster care.
Andrew Anglin, age 17, is an intern at Alltek Services, an IT company based in Lakeland that has recently joined with Eckerd, a non-profit organization that gives youth with a troubled past second chances through its Project Bridge program.
In Tampa Bay, more than 300 foster homes are needed. Brian Bostick, Eckerd Community Alternatives | Pasco & Pinellas Director says,"a foster parent looks like you or I — that's who they look like."
In Western North Carolina the Foster Care System cannot keep pace with the number of children in need.
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.