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 AlternativesLutheran Family Services and Kid Central 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. Plus, all of the programs offered at each one of our locations. 

To view the programs available at each facility, click the location below:

Citrus County Clearwater High Point Greater Ridgecrest
Hernando  North Pinellas Greater Palm Harbor James P. Gills Family

To celebrate this partnership a special Field Day for foster care children and their families to learn about the Pinellas and Pasco County YMCA locations, its mission and community services will be held  in October, 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.