DCF Launches Initiative to Recruit Local Foster Families

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

July 12, 2012

The Department of Children and Families is on a mission; a mission to let kids, be kids, regardless of their home life.

"Bad things have happened to their families, but they're not bad kids and so they have to be given that opportunity to be kids," said David Wilkins, secretary of the Florida DCF.

One of the ways they plan to do that is through the new initiative, "Fostering Florida's Future" which gives foster parents more freedom to make decisions for their foster children.

"I trusted my parents to help me make decisions," said Samantha Rogers, a former foster child. "They were there to support me. They allowed me to do every extracurricular activity under the sun and I enjoyed it."

The initiative also focuses on providing foster parents with convenient training and support, educating the children, and raising awareness for their need of a loving home.

"The big difference here is really getting more foster parents into the system, which in essence gives more permanent homes to our kids," said Wilkins.

Karen and Everett Condry have been fostering children for seven years. It's a job they say is beyond rewarding.

"What you're trying to do is just make a different within a child's life and that's the biggest key for us," said Everett Condry.

The DCF is hoping to recruit 1,200 new foster families this year. If you're interesting in becoming a foster parent or would like more information, go to www.fosteringflorida.com.
Tallahassee, Florida - July 12, 2012

A new initiative has just been launched to help recruit and support local foster families.

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced their new initiative to help, not only foster children in Tallahassee, but also foster families.

It's called "Fostering Florida's Future" and it's focusing on letting kids be kids, regardless of their family situations.

That includes offering them extracurricular activities, giving them quality educations, and most importantly providing them with loving safe families.

The goal is to recruit 1,200 new foster families in Tallahassee.

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