Press Release: Florida Department of Children and Families
Tallahassee, Fla.— An increasing number of Florida families are opening their doors to children in need. Last year, The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) helped find permanent families for 3,353 children. The number of adoptions in Florida is up by more than a hundred from the previous year.
“All children need a permanent place to call home,” said Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. “We are thrilled so many Floridians are opening their hearts and homes to children in need, but our mission to find safe loving families for every child in Florida continues, and we continue to call on the public to help us achieve this worthy goal.”
Younger children are often adopted more quickly than teenagers. This past year, 421 or about 12 percent of the children adopted in Florida, were 13 or older. A hundred of them had been in foster care for longer than five years.
“I am pleased that the collaboration between the Department of Children and Families, Community Based Care lead agencies, and many other state and local organizations has resulted in more than 3,350 children finding their forever families,” said Zackary Gibson, Florida’s Chief Child Advocate. “As a state, we must continue to work in coordination to ensure that every child available for adoption has a permanent family, and that each family receives needed support through post adoption services.”
DCF works in coordination with its Community Based Care lead agencies to help find homes for kids statewide.
“Florida, once again, is leading the country in adoption rates, a direct reflection of the success of our Community Based Care model and a credit to the Florida Legislature for its investment in a child welfare system that is consistently improving and proving to be a national leader,” said Kurt Kelly, CEO of the Florida Coalition of Children. “However, these successes would not be possible without the strong partnership between DCF, the Community Based Care lead and provider agencies and the tireless dedication and commitment of their Boards, leadership, staff and volunteers throughout this great state."
Currently there are 750 children in foster care in Florida who are available for adoption and do not have an identified family. Information on children currently available for adoption can be found at www.adoptflorida.org or by calling 1-800-96-ADOPT (1-8000-962-3618).
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