Clearwater Community Volunteers Creates Holiday Memories for Foster Families

Top Quote On November 14, 2020, the Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) Center hosted the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (PCFAPA) for a holiday photoshoot. Families were hosted one at a time in the CCV Center so as to respect social distancing guidelines. End Quote
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) November 19, 2020 - “The beginning of the holiday season can be hard for many foster children,” said Dora Starling, President of the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. “As foster parents you want to make sure they feel included in the family and have good memories of their holidays with you. Being part of the Christmas card picture may seem small, but to some it means the world.”

    Per the holiday season is often hard for foster children. From frequent changes of schedule disturbing the routine that some find comforting, to stirring up grief, there are many ways the holidays aren’t the most beautiful time of the year for foster children.

    But foster parents can create new memories that will later be cherished by the youth. By including a foster youth in their holiday tradition and making him feel like a family member, foster parents can make a big difference.

    To help foster parents create those memories, the CCV Center’s multipurpose room was transformed into a photo studio, complete with a holiday backdrop, garlands, and a professional photographer to capture the family portraits. Santa himself visited each family to create some very special memories and giggles of happiness.

    “This is my favorite time of the year”, said Pam Ryan Anderson, Executive Director of the Clearwater Community Volunteers. “Being able to give back to families who are welcoming children in their home during the holiday is priceless. Even if you personally can’t foster a child I would like to encourage everyone to think outside the box and help however they can.”

    For more information about the Pinellas County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association please visit www.

    To find out more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center please the CCV Center reception at (727)-316-5309 or email ccvcenter ( @ ) ccvfl dot org

    About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:
    The Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) have over 26 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, they stay true to their reputation of helping others with their center located on the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in downtown Clearwater. Based on fundamentals developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the CCV Center works with area non-profits to help these groups better attain their goals.

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