Former Foster Children on the Job

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Some former foster children are getting a shot at a great career and it's all thanks to the Florida Department of Children and Families' "Operation Full Employment." The department says it has employed more than 100 former foster children since the program started in January. Another 45 have been employed at affiliated agencies.

Derrick Riggins, who works at a Tallahassee DCF office, has been called a soul survivor by his former school magazine at FAMU. Riggins came from the bottom as a foster child and now works full time for the Department of Children and Families.

"It gives me the opportunity to give them an expert point of view. Not the educational expert, but an actual person that experienced it and went through the foster care system and know the ends and outs of the court system." said Riggins. Derrick is currently continuing his climb to the top as a graduate student at Florida State.


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