August 23, 2017
Earlier this year, I wrote to you with an update about the challenges facing the child welfare system but also full of hope about new possibilities and opportunities for our children. I pledged then to "do more than ever before to make it right for our children in care" and I'm proud of the progress we have made towards that end. Read more...
May 28, 2017
Violethas lived with her 76 year old grandmother for 3 ½ years because her mother has unresolved mental health issues. Her GAL volunteer reached out to us because Violet is a straight A student and avid reader. She conducts experiments at home and calls her GAL to report the results to her. She is curious and energetic and the grandmother isn’t sure how she will keep up with her activ
April 28, 2017
Mara is a withdrawn fourth grader with the comprehension level of a first grader. Mike, her brother, is in first grade but isalso intellectually delayed. Both children were cared for by homeless parents with little stability for much of their young life. Mara makes animal noises when stressed and her therapist recommended a summer camp program with horseback riding, recreation, and arts and crafts
March 28, 2017
Jennie, 17, has been in the dependency system for some time. She has evolved from a defensive, angry teenager to now a calm and loving mother for her new son. She has done an amazing job at getting her life back on track and will age out of care at the end of this year. She resides at Alpha House and recently completed her GED. She is now working full time and enrolled at St. Pete College with the
February 28, 2017
Maria entered care at the age of 2 due to substance abuse and other issues of child neglect. She was able to stay with an aunt for much of her childhood and then was returned to her mother at the age of 10. For the next few years, Maria’s life was full of strife and she and one of her siblings called the Abuse Hotline over 10 times before finally being removed from her home for a second time
November 15, 2016
This month, we celebrate Thanksgiving and I am so thankful for the volunteers who tirelessly serve to represent abused, abandoned, or neglected children here in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. We also celebrate National Adoption Month. Here in Florida, at any given time, there are approximately 750-800 children waiting to find their forever homes.
November 15, 2016
Thanks to donors and entry fees we were able to raise $25,000 to support children’s needs requests throughout the year that include things like tutoring, bedding, afterschool activities and uncovered medical expenses. To give you a sense of what $25,000 can do for our youth: that could purchase almost 100 beds, pay for over 500 hours of tutoring, or support 100 youth to attend an extra-curricular