The Roberts have been foster parents with us for over 15 years. Tim is retiring from law enforcement after 30 years and has helped facilitate the transition of numerous youth who were entering our program by ensuring they could be supported and mentored during his time at the Sheriff’s Office.
The Roberts have always provided a home for the most challenging teens in the community and worked to co-parent on an ongoing basis, even after reunification. They have fostered children who were non-verbal and had severe autism, supporting those with extreme verbal and physical aggression. They have kept every youth placed with them until their transition or permanency was achieved. The Roberts do an excellent job of reminding the children in their homes that their love and support aren’t conditional on good behavior, and that they care about them regardless of the big outbursts that may occur. These foster parents consistently advocate for their youth in the school system so that they have the proper support to succeed.
Eckerd Connects is honoring this family with a Success Award in order to do some rehab work on the rooms in their home used for foster children. This would include painting walls, patching holes, retiling floors, and purchasing furniture and linens. We know this award will enable them to give more youth a chance to succeed for years to come.
“We would like to take a moment to thank Eckerd Connects and Caring for Children for acknowledging us as successful foster parents, although it does take a village to raise a child. We could not be successful without help – and that’s where you fill the void. Without the support from you guys, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. We feel this is a calling for our family and, as such, we try our hardest to raise these children as our own… We like to think that we can make a difference long-term by loving them as best we can.”
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