Forever Family 2-11-10

Anna Johnson:
"Mr. Secretary tell me a little bit about this special project, the longest waiting child project."

Sec. George Sheldon, Department of Children and Families:
"Last year basically we said lets look at those kids that have been in care the longest."

Loren, Foster Child:
"I wish I had a family that I could be with the all time."

Nitro, Foster Child:
"A good all around family I guess."

Allien, Foster Child:
"Nice parents that care."

Sec. George Sheldon, Department of Children and Families:
"And really say that we will make an effort to have them adopted. I don't believe there is any child that is unadaptable."

Anna Johnson:
"Why is this project so special to you?"

Sec. George Sheldon, Department of Children and Families:
"When I first came to the department I set down about fifteen kids who age out of foster care I probably learned more those kids that I have learned from the professionals. And what they talked about was that desire to be normal."

Nitro, Foster Child:
"Attending UF and majoring in electrical engineering."

"Really want like to be able to help the community."

Loren, Foster Child:
"Get married and have kids."

Sec. George Sheldon:
"Too many children in foster care are...passed from home to home, and even if they are good homes they ultimately going to believe that they don't belong anywhere."

"I went to a ceremony with the Governor and it was a 17 years old young men there who was being adopted, and I said: Why you are 17 you will be 18 in year why now? and his response was: now I got a place to go for Thanks Giving and Christmas. It is about making that child part of your family and the child gets a Forever Family as a result."

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