FL Pushes Adoption for Roughly 800 Foster Kids

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE 11/02/2011 -- The Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins kicked off the movement Tuesday in Tallahassee. He said the majority of foster children waiting for loving parents are teenagers.

Foster kids who do not find a permanent family before turning 18 run a higher risk of being arrested, dropping out of school or becoming homeless.

Wilkins stressed that foster children who are available for adoption have had the legal rights of their biological parents terminated. That means these children will never be returned to their birth parents.

The campaign uses videos and photos to feature different children available for adoption each day. Their stories will be featured on www.adoptflorida.org.

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  • by learntheprocess on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:48 PM
    opps, the site is adoptflorida.org
  • by learntheprocess on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:47 PM
    NO IT IS NOT EXPENSIVE. When you adopt through the state there are not really a lot of fees to deal with. You need a background check, health check, a home inspection, a 30hr course....thats about it really. It is not a lot to go through, really. About a year adventure for finding your child...is that really too much to ask when you get a loving child in return. If you think this is too much work then you really aren't prepared for the work of raising a child. If you really don't know what the process is then please don't post comments about the process. Go to adoptfl.com and read the information. Not as tough as one might think. And seriously, where are all these expenses you folks are talking about?????
  • by i agree on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    i agree i feel like i can provide love and stability to a child even though i'm a single parent but it is alot to go through. and it's expensive.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Nov 2, 2011 at 07:05 PM
    Here is a noval idea: There are a Lot of Kids needing to be Adopted and there are a LOT of Lawyers on the State Payroll. If the Adoptive Parents pass an FBI Background Check, let them Adopt Kids over 22 Months Old FOR FREE using those Lawyers to draw up the Papers and do the Lag Work.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Nov 2, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    You Beg for People to Adopt these Kids BUT, why don't you tell us what it TAKES to Adopt, what is NEEDED to Adopt and how MUCH it Costs to Adopt.
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      by intheprocess on Nov 3, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to DTH
      You have to take a MAPP class whether you foster or adopt. There is a home study, background check and that is about it. Once your home study is complete the matching occurs then there are meetings with the child and some overnight stays. Then you get the child in your home until the adoption is finalized around 6 months. It takes 9 months to have a baby and it is about 9 months total for adoption. You don't get to pick your birth family but you can pick your family thru adoption. I am adopting teenagers and encourage you to do it too. BTW I am a single mom who has a grown child of my own that I raised by myself the father chose not to participate after the divorce. It will be the best thing you have ever done.
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