1200 New Foster Parents In Florida

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Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Hundreds of new homes are now open to Florida foster children.

Florida child welfare officials have met their goal of recruiting 1,200 new foster parents in the past fiscal year.

Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins plans to make the announcement Saturday at the state's foster adoptive parent conference. Wilkins said he never dreamed that so many people would respond so quickly.

The recruitment was part of a statewide effort to not only find more foster parents, but to also find more qualified ones.

The agency also launched a directory app that lists nearly 200 organizations that have signed up to be foster family friendly. The businesses are offering things like discounts for services, donations including food, supplies, and even meeting space.

The app is available at fosteringflorida.com/app.

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