Florida Sees Increase in Licensed Foster Care Providers

By: Department of Children and Families Email
By: Department of Children and Families Email

News Release: Department of Children and Families
July 11, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Children and Families and Community-Based Care (CBC) lead agencies around the state are happy to announce at the end of fiscal year 2013-2014, Florida has 1,463 newly-licensed foster care homes. The total number of licensed foster care providers this year is 4,678, up 291 from last fiscal year.

“We are very pleased that the number of foster care providers in Florida has increased yet again,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “Our regional partners and community-based care providers have done a fantastic job recruiting these new placements to care for our state’s most vulnerable children in their time of need.”

CBC lead agencies throughout the state work to recruit, license and match foster parents with children in need of short and long-term homes. Each CBC works to address the unique needs of their communities in recruiting foster parents.

ChildNet Inc., the CBC lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties, added a combined total of 282 new foster homes this past fiscal year.

“We worked closely with our provider agencies, local DCF staff and our current foster families to make finding additional homes our top focus this year,” Wendy Smith, Director of Foster Home Recruitment and Quality said. “So many of our partners have made this a personal passion of theirs and have looked at this as so much more than a numbers game, but have made it their mission to see these children come into quality homes.”

Approximately 10,000 children are in foster placements throughout Florida. Foster parents change lives and offer hope to children who have been removed from their homes by no fault of their own, but because they have experienced abuse or neglect and cannot safely remain with their parents.

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