Eckerd, which is the Department of Children and Families' lead agency in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, has partnered with Friends of the Children to offer an innovative solution to propel at-risk children towards success.
Tampa Bay Times writer Claire McNeill profiles Eckerd's latest program: Friends of the Children. The program provides vulnerable children in Tampa Bay with full-time, long-term paid professional mentors. Eckerd is the first to offer this program specifically to children in the foster care system.
Eckerd has partnered with Friends of the Children, an organization based out of Portland, Oregon with chapters and affiliates in six US cities and the UK. Eckerd’s Friends of the Children Program assigns a full time, salaried, professional mentor to the highest risk children.
Eckerd was recently interviewed on the “Live in the Mountains” segment on Mountain Television Network that airs in 21 counties across North Carolina. In a talk show format, Eckerd leadership discussed the different programs in North Carolina along with the history of Eckerd.
After some early success, the nation’s largest single child welfare system – Los Angeles County – may bring in ERSF®. Adoption of the system was recommended by a commission established to steer reform of the county’s child protection system after a high profile child death.
Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback® is a solution shared with the Federal Commission assigned to study child welfare.
Since Eckerd Rapid Safety Feedback® was developed to identify the most severe risks among children in the county there have been no deaths of children under state supervision.