Eckerd Community Alternatives | Hillsborough


Chief of Eckerd Community Alternatives

On behalf of Eckerd,  I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve Hillsborough’s most vulnerable children and their families, and ask for your continued support in helping give them much-needed second chances! After a six-month transition of community-based child welfare services in Hillsborough County, we officially became the new Circuit 13 Community-Based Care Lead Agency on July 1, 2012.

Please visit our new website at for the latest information, updates and calendar of events.

Commitment to Safety, Quality, Accountability and Transparency

Eckerd believes that the child protection system should be a resource for families – not a substitute for them – and that healthy, capable children come from healthy, capable families. Everything we do at Eckerd is based on the belief that the children, families and communities we serve always come first – and we  embrace four main child welfare principles of Safety, Quality, Accountability, and Transparency. It is our tireless commitment, passion, and systemic approach to each of these that sets us apart and gives us the best opportunity for quality outcomes for children and families.  

We will continue to engage and partner with the community to help us build a strong, safe system of care that is truly “community-based”.   

Commitment to Open and Transparent Communication

Finally, we are committed to keeping the lines of communication open and transparent throughout the transition and beyond.  We invite you to visit our new website at  for updates and to view our calendar of events.  We also encourage you to contact us with questions, feedback or suggestions, and invite you to join our mailing list to stay connected and informed.

We thank you for your continued support and are excited to continue Jack and Ruth Eckerd’s legacy in Hillsborough County, as we move forward together to ensure every child and family has the opportunity. Click here to learn more about Eckerd, our child welfare philosophy, transition initiatives, and more!