Welcome to Eckerd Kids – one of the nation’s largest nonprofit child and family service organizations. An established leader that has assisted nearly 200,000 children since 1968, Eckerd Kids helps public and private organizations by sharing best practices and advocating for system reform. Through our breadth and depth of services and commitment to quality outcomes, we have become the first name in second chances. Learn more.
The Eckerd Kids mission is to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. Our vision is to ensure that each child has the opportunity to succeed. Learn more.
Eckerd Kids is committed to not only providing the solutions that help struggling families thrive, but also to sharing these solutions with others. At Eckerd Kids, we believe that both providers and agencies are at their strongest when they are working together, rather than apart, on ways to improve long-term youth outcomes. Learn more.
Eckerd Kids’ 2020 Vision represents the organization’s overarching strategic objective — to serve 23,500 youth annually by the year 2020 and to be recognized nationally as a leader in the nonprofit youth services arena. Over the next five years, our goal is to increase the number of youth served by more than 30 percent of our current population. Learn more.
Research shows that it is far more cost efficient and effective to prevent at-risk youth from ever becoming involved with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Eckerd Kids’ prevention services promote healthy child development and strengthen families by intervening early in children’s lives to ensure lifelong success.
Eckerd Kids’ community-based services are outcome-driven programs serving children and families involved in child welfare, juvenile justice or both. These programs enable at risk children and youth ages birth through 23 to remain safely in their homes and receive services in their own communities while still addressing complex emotional and behavioral needs. These cost effective services divert at-risk youth from detention and residential programs and also support their successful return from residential placement to their families and communities.
When a youth has been away from home for an extended period of time, returning home can often be an overwhelming experience for both the youth and family. Transitional services assist the family in readjusting to the youth’s return from a residential placement. Staff work with the youth to facilitate a positive change in their behavior and address any family issues and needs with the goal of improving family functionality.
Since 1968, Eckerd Kids has provided residential therapeutic treatment for boys and girls who have behavioral and emotional issues. We specialize in helping youth who have failed in other residential placements or have not responded to less restrictive, community-based interventions.
Eckerd Kids offers system of care management to coordinate services for youth in child welfare and foster care or who are at risk of being placed outside the home.
Eckerd Workforce Development provides career pathways and support to adults, dislocated workers, and youth ages 16 and older. Its one-stop delivery system provides a range of career services to fit the needs of each individual. Additionally, Eckerd Workforce Development aligns with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and provides all of its employment services free of charge to eligible participants.
Eckerd Kids is driven by its mission to provide and share solutions that promote the well-being of children and families in need of a second chance. Part of that belief focuses on our ability to share our management and innovation successes with other organizations who may be struggling to achieve their mission. Our proactive solutions allow non-profit organizations to merge missions, scale successes and increase impact together.
Giving children and families much-needed second chances is a monumental task. That’s why the support of donors, partners and friends like you is so important. When you make a donation to Eckerd Kids, you are making it possible for us to continue our mission to improve the lives of children in our communities.
One of the greatest gifts you can give a child in need is your time. There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities available with Eckerd Kids, and we can help you find the best way for you to give back in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
Around the country, there are thousands of children in the foster care system who have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. These children need loving homes and foster parents who can meet their unique needs. Become a champion for a child in foster care.
Many of the children in the foster care system are available for adoption and are waiting for forever families. When you adopt, you are giving a child a second chance to become part of a family, something that every child deserves. Eckerd Kids believes there are families out there for every child living in foster care – families who can provide a loving, permanent home where children can adjust, grow and thrive in a safe and stable environment.
We welcome feedback from our Project Bridge participants and partners.