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Fix foster care now | Editorial, Nov. 6
Eckerd Connects wholeheartedly agrees with the statement in your editorial, “Fix foster care now,” that our collective focus going forward must be on providing children in need with a safe, stable living environment. We will continue to focus on that mission and work collaboratively with the Florida Department of Children and Families as we fulfill our contract and help ensure a smooth transition to a new service provider in Pinellas and Pasco counties.
While we have been transparent in raising concerns about the gap between funding and the growing needs of at-risk children in this area, we want to sincerely thank Senate President Wilton Simpson and House Speaker Chris Sprowls, along with Gov. Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis, for all they have done to support the children and families of Florida and Eckerd Connects, as well as their efforts to strengthen the system of care in our state and community. We also want to recognize the dedication of child protective investigators at local law enforcement agencies who often face dangerous situations while trying to help children in need.