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Written by Suzette Armatas, Director Of Development   

A Kid’s Place has hit a milestone – providing over 100,000 bed nights for foster children Celebration of life for Dottie Berger MacKinnon

Brandon, Fla (February 19, 2015) – A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc., has hit a major milestone -- it has  provided over 100,000 bed nights to foster children since opening its doors in June, 2009.   These are nights when a foster child is tucked into a warm, clean bed with a full stomach in a safe and loving home. This milestone coincides with the February 19th birthday of Dottie Berger MacKinnon, the founder and visionary of A Kid’s Place.  Dottie died of cancer in October, 2013. 

A Kid’s Place provides residential services to children from birth to age 17 -- children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  A Kids Place provides a safe, loving and nurturing home for children and provides a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical, and psychological needs of the child. The primary focus of the facility is to keep sibling groups together in a safe, stable, home-like environment until a more permanent placement can be provided.  94% of all children moving on from A Kid’s Place have remained with their siblings.

Since opening in June, 2009, A Kid’s Place has touched the lives of over 963 children and 450 families.  There are over 5,000 children in foster care in the greater Tampa Bay area.  The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigates over l000 abuse calls to the hotline on a monthly basis. 

In honor of Dottie's birthday and in furtherance of her lifetime work to help our community's most vulnerable children, A Kids Place is launching The Guardian Society, an annual campaign to ensure A Kids Place is always here to serve our community's children. 

On February 19, we are offering two options for media coverage, at approximately 9 am, the Board of Directors for A Kid’s Place will release balloons to heaven and celebrate Dottie’s life.  We will note her tremendous contributions to children and assure that there are many angels here on earth carrying on in her absence.  The preschoolers and toddlers of A Kid’s Place will participate in the ceremony. Later that day, at 3:30 pm, we will have another celebration and tribute to Dottie with the school age children and birthday cake.

About A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc.
A Kid’s Place is a 60-bed residential group home located in Brandon, Florida. Our purpose is to provide superior residential services to children of all ages who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. While in our care, we provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical, and psychological needs of the child.  Together with our community partners, A Kid’s Place offers on-site therapy services, targeted case management to support children and their families, on-site dental services, and academic support services. 

Children separated from their parents have already experienced a great deal of trauma, but separating them from their siblings creates even more anguish. Our primary focus is to keep sibling groups together in a safe, stable, home-like environment until a more permanent placement can be provided.  In order for a child to heal from the trauma he or she has endured, love, stability, and nurturing are critical.  This is what A Kid’s Place provides.  For our latest news, visit www.akidsplacetb.org.