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.
Eckerd Project Bridge's Tommy Henderson was live on Hot 105 in Miami to encouraging the community to get involved in the program and attend their Flashback 80's Rolling Skating party to help raise funds and awareness.
In July 2012, Hillsborough county selected a new local care provider, Eckerd Community Alternatives. Immediately, Eckerd began reviewing open cases with an eye toward safety, poring over the county’s previous child-endangerment cases, paying particular attention to the deaths.
Roughly 200 people gathered Saturday afternoon at Old McMicky's farm for Tampa Bay's Child Adoption Education Day. The event gave anyone interested in adoption the opportunity to face time with 13 family service agencies that work across Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, including Eckerd Community Alternatives.
Pinellas and Pasco Counties, there are almost 3,000 children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. These vulnerable kids become part of the foster care system and depend on caring adults who are willing to step up and provide the love and stability they so desperately need. Fortunately, there are people and programs available to help them. Lauralynn Segur is one such person, and Eckerd Community Alternatives is one such program.
Grace McBride is an 11-year-old on a mission to make a difference in South Brevard County. She has started a volunteer organization, Team Grace, to support families in need and to promote disability awareness. This past March, Team Grace was awarded the Children's Hero of the Year for 2015 in the Time category from Eckerd.