Each year, nearly 7,000 children move through foster care in Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough counties. The ultimate goal is for them to be reunited with their parents. During the month of June, Bay area celebrations will commence to celebrate families who have done just that.
The dates and times include:
- Pasco County – June 1, 2018 – West Pasco Judicial Center, 7530 Little Rd., New Pt. Richey. 12 p.m.
- Pinellas County – June 15, 2018 – Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, 14250 49th St. N., Clearwater. 12 p.m.
“Any time a child enters foster care, our goal is to work with the family to find a way to quickly and successfully rejoin them with their families,” says Jess Sternthal, Associate Executive Director of Eckerd Connects Community Alternatives Pasco and Pinellas. “These reunification ceremonies are opportunities to celebrate the hundreds of families who have done the work necessary to be reunited with their children.”
During the reunification process, Eckerd Connects and our subcontracted case management agencies (Youth and Family Alternatives, Directions for Living and Lutheran Services of Florida) work together to identify problem areas, training opportunities, and rehabilitative measures for parents whose children have entered foster care. This effort includes case management, interventions, client advocacy, and an entire network of therapeutic support. Their success means keeping families together, and decreasing the likelihood that the children will re-enter the system.
Each ceremony will include remarks from circuit court judges, case management organization directors, and other leaders involved with the Pasco and Pinellas system of care.