Several child welfare agencies will come together in St. Petersburg to host their annual semi-formal Foster Parent Appreciation event. The event will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.
Around the country, there are thousands of children in the foster care system who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children need loving homes and foster parents who can meet their unique needs.
This event is an opportunity for local foster families to be recognized for their tireless efforts in caring for the community’s children. Members of Eckerd Connects, The Department of Children and Families, and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will all be in attendance.
“I look forward to this banquet every year, because it is a chance to show our foster parents just how much we appreciate them,” says Brian Bostick, Executive of Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives Pasco and Pinellas. “These foster mothers and fathers are champions for our kids, and we could not do what we do without their compassion and commitment.”
Attendants are encouraged to wear their most elegant, funny, or unique hat as this year’s theme is “The Mad Hatter’s Ball”. A few of the festivities will include skits, musical performances, awards, dinner, and special guest speakers.
According to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families in a data reporting system called Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) – as of Sept 2016 there were 437,465 children in foster care nationwide.
Eckerd Connects hosts the event annually for those who have opened their hearts and homes to children in need. To learn more about how to become a foster parent click here.