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May 5, 2021: Sign Up for 1K For 1Kid and Join us at #CCKThePark
Run, walk, bike – skateboard or rollerblade. However you do it, do it for foster care. That’s the message Communities Connected for Kids wants to get out this May, during National Foster Family Appreciation Month. And to help get people moving in the right direction, the non-profit organization responsible for the local dependency system is challenging the community to >>

April 27, 2021: We Are Up to the Challenge
CEO Reflects on Child Abuse Prevention Efforts: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I am proud to report on the good work our community has done this past year to raise awareness for an epidemic that has plagued our children and families for decades. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes we’ve all made to accommodate our work around it, our community has seen >>

April 21, 2021: We Are Up to the Challenge
CEO Reflects on Child Abuse Prevention Efforts: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and I am proud to report on the good work our community has done this past year to raise awareness for an epidemic that has plagued our children and families for decades. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes we’ve all made to accommodate our work around it, our community has seen >>

March 24, 2021: Foster Closet Volunteers Hop into Action
Just like an Energizer Easter Bunny, you can't stop Ericah and Sabrina Brinson, co-founders of the Treasure Coast Foster Closet. The sisters-in-law and CCKids foster parents organized >>

March 10, 2021: Fewer Children Removed from Home; Rate at 10-Year Low
Communities Connected for Kids has much to celebrate this month, beginning with the number of children removed from home due to abuse or neglect. That number decreased significantly in Florida’s >>

February 25, 2021: Youth of the Year Uses Adoption Story as Platform for Change
Service comes naturally - if not genetically - to Elyse Bailey, the 2021 St. Lucie County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year. Parents Rose and Brian Bailey are givers and servers who have dedicated their lives to foster care, and Elyse is part of >>

February 11, 2021: Retention Study Reveals Hard Truth
A multi-year study that followed 1,500 newly trained child-welfare professionals for five years wrapped up earlier this year with these not-so-startling results: Social work – particularly the work of dependency case managers and child protective investigators – is hard. In fact, the study found that 81 percent of those who >>

February 10, 2021: CCKids Top of the Class
It's hard to get excited about words like, "eligibility" and "candidacy." They are bits of jargon from the world of child welfare. But it's important to talk about them, because they translate into >>

February 10, 2021: If You Shop on Amazon, Consider Donating Your "Smile" to CCKids
If you are like me, you do a lot of online shopping these days - and much of it from Amazon. In fact, after nearly a full year of simple click, pay and deliver shopping - not to mention the super simple return process (a key feature for any of us with picky teenagers) - I may never >>

January 27, 2021: Serving Kids in Care an Act of Good Faith
More than 120 child-welfare professionals and faith and community leaders assembled online Thursday, Jan. 21, for the local launch of An Act of Good Faith – a faith-based initiative championed by >>

January 27, 2021: Campaign Reminds Us That Sometimes Laughter is the Best Medicine
CCKids will celebrate Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week next month with a week of social media posts featuring the fun side of foster care. Called, "Sometimes Laughter is the Best Medicine," the campaign will a >>

January 27, 2021: Trio of Christmas Partners Recognized for Going the Extra Mile
Communities Connected for Kids expanded its GEM - or Going the Extra Mile - award series to include community partners during the nonprofit organization's January Board of Directors meeting. Guardians for New Futures, an organization that helps >>