In the Tampa Bay area hundreds of children are without a forever home, many of them teenagers. Foster Mother Kathryn Melendez has 14 children total, six are foster children ranging in age from 14 to 17. Once a teen ages out of the system there are still resources they can use like an independent living young adult program provided by Eckerd Community Alternatives.
If you’d like to learn more or are interested in helping a child or teen in foster visit Eckerd Kids’ Fostering section.
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