Last year Mecklenburg County, NC commissioned Eckerd Kids to assess the Department of Social Service’s child welfare work. Study was lead by Eckerd Kids employee Ron Zychowski.
Because of the work and community partnerships in Eckerd Project Bridge – South Region, the Board of County Commissioners of Saint Lucie County has proclaimed June 2016 as the First Annual “Children’s Hero of the Year Awards,” to support Eckerd’s upcoming fundraiser in South Florida.
Tampa Bay's Fox 13 interviews Corina Garcia as part of their ongoing Hometown Heroes segment. In honor of Mother's Day Fox 13 featured The Maternity Ward, a special program of The Children's Home for pregnant or parting foster teens.
This year Eckerd Kids’ Give Day Tampa Bay campaign focused on the Eckerd Family and history. The external relations team revitalized Ruth Eckerd’s cookbook and Nancy Eckerd Nichols flew in from Georgia to cook her dad’s favorite meatloaf recipe on Studio 10. The campaign raised a grand total of $5,941.
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.