Building a Family Connection

Posted on August 04, 2017 in Social Responsibility, Youth Development, Y News

Foster Care Partnership Strengthens the Community

At the Y, children and teens can explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their potential. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. To build on this focus area the YMCA of the Suncoast has partnered with Eckerd Kids, Directions for Living, Youth and Family Alternatives and Lutheran Family Services to offer foster care families access to our locations.

All foster care children and teens up to the age of 21 have free memberships at our YMCA locations in Pinellas, West Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. They can enjoy the pool, waterparks, basketball courts, teen rooms, wellness/fitness center and more. 

To celebrate this partnership a special Field Day for foster care children and their families to learn about the YMCA, its mission and community services will be held Saturday, October 7, at the Greater Ridgecrest YMCA in Largo. This event will help promote family and youth physical activity, fun and fellowship.

When a child or teen is removed from their parents or guardians they are placed with appropriate relatives until they can return home. However, if there are no relatives who are able to care for them, these children are placed in foster care.

The aforementioned organizations work with foster parents who love and nurture children, support and mentor families, and strengthen their communities. 

A perfect example of that love and nuturing is Chloe Scott's story. Chloe was first placed with Karin Scott as a temporary solution for respite care. Little did she know Karin would soon become her forever mom. Learn more about Chloe's story and watch Chloe's adoption proposal.