As many as a fourth of all teenagers are suffering from crippling anxiety disorders. Claire Caviness, 15, has been at E-Nini-Hassee , an Eckerd Kids program, for nearly eight months, to treat her severe anxiety disorder.
In the Tampa Bay area hundreds of children are without a forever home, many of them teenagers. Foster Mother Kathryn Melendez has 14 children total, six are foster children ranging in age from 14 to 17.
Already, a few jurisdictions nationwide use data to help child welfare workers before a crisis unfolds. In 2013, child welfare workers in Hillsborough County, Florida, responded to the deaths of nine children who already had open child welfare cases by developing Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback®.
Laurie Stern, Regional Director with Eckerd Kids, and Crystal Dennis, Program Manager of HBI, were on air with Mix 101.5 Orlando to talk about Eckerd Kids' 2nd Chance Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The red carpet will be rolled out for Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Backstreet Boys performer Howard "Howie D" Dorough, and Brevard County business and community leaders as part of Eckerd Kids' Brevard Walk of Fame, benefiting Brevard's vulnerable youth and families.
On Sunday, March 6, Eckerd Community Alternatives | Hillsborough celebrated foster parents at the Lupton’s 26th Annual Foster Family Picnic. See a slideshow from the day's events.
Jennifer Epstein of Fox 13 News reports on Eckerd Kid's Friends of the Children program which pairs at-risk foster youth with a long-term mentor, or Friend. The report spotlights one Friend, Byron Pressley, as part of its ongoing series Hometown Heroes.
A half dozen bloggers in the Tampa Bay area are raising awareness to prevent needless child deaths as part of a three-year campaign hosted by Eckerd Kids, The Florida Department of Children and Families and the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
In Southern Georgia, students enrolled in Paxen Learning Services, a program of Eckerd Kids, took a field trip to Black Crow Media, where they were invited to be DJs for the day.
An influential panel of experts on preventable child deaths was made available to a select group of bloggers to release personal stories starting the week of February 15, 2016. The bloggers’ stories will provide background information, additional statistics, or experiences about child deaths in the Tampa Bay area. Across Tampa Bay, 41 children under age 6 died last year from three causes that are 100 percent preventable.