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Eight Tampa Siblings Adopted by Same Couple

Jennifer and Greg Gossard have adopted eight children from the same Tampa family. The forever home was finalized for five children via Skype Tuesday. The Gossards were in Utah and the proceedings were held in the a Hillsborough County courtroom.

Tampa Zip Code Ranks Highest in State for Child Removals

Currently, the 33610 zip code in Tampa has the highest rate of removal of children in the sate. Pastor Moses Brown, a member of the Advisory Board for Eckerd Community Alternatives | Hillsborough, says there is a great need for foster homes. While it may be necessary to remove children from their homes, the goal of the child welfare system is to reunite families.

Young Chef Shares His Recipe and Story of Adoption

A seven-year-old chef whips up his banana bread recipe! DJ, whose family adopted him as a baby, helps spread awareness for the need for more foster homes in the Tampa Bay area. If you are interested in fostering or adopting a child from foster care visit Eckerd Kids at

Foster Friday: The Need for Foster Parents Here in The Bay Area

Studio Ten Live interviews a family that has adopted three children from Florida Foster Care, including their seven-year-old son DJ who cooked for the hosts of the show. The family talked about the need for more foster parents in the Tampa Bay area and encouraged people to consider fostering.

Saving Children, One Algorithm at a Time

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is the latest government entity to take advantage of predictive analytics from nonprofit Eckerd Kids to prevent child welfare tragedies. Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback™ analyzes child welfare data and flags high-risk cases most likely to lead to child fatalities.

Amscot Financial Contributes Mini-Grants to 12 Non-Profit Service Groups

Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $250 to $1,500 in support of 12 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers. Eckerd Kids, headquartered in Clearwater, FL, was one of the grant recipients.

Father Celebrates First Father’s Day After Reunion with Son

WFLA News Channel 8 interviews Nelson Garica and his son Logan. For the past six years, the pair has been separated when Nelson was arrested and sent to jail. Logan was in a state program handled by Eckerd Youth Alternatives | Pasco & Pinellas while his father was locked away. This Father's Day the two are spending it reunited.

Florida’s Foster Youth Struggling to Graduate High School

Nationally, fewer than 58% of all foster teens who age out of the system have a high school degree compared to 87% of youth in the general population. Eckerd Kids is working with the community to help increase the number of graduations seen amongst foster teens with two specific initiatives Fostering Education Initiative and Extended Foster Care.

Positively Tampa Bay

A local Tampa Bay owner Ashley Fox with Infinity Headbands made prom dreams come true for two of our teenage foster youth through Eckerd Raising Hope! Ashely Fox bought prom dresses, shoes and paid for the girls to have their hair, make-up and manicures.

Vern Buchanan: Common Sense Bills to Fight Heroin Epidemic

The US House of Representatives heard testimony from Eckerd Kids. Eckerd Kids is a Florida-based nonprofit that uses data to predict when kids in the child welfare system are vulnerable and takes parental substance abuse into account when identifying at-risk children. This allows caseworkers to immediately respond to emerging threats, before a child is harmed by a parent.