1200 New Foster Parents, 12 Months

January 28, 2013 

Carrie Hoeppner (407) 264-1379 


1200 New Foster Parents, 12 Months 
~Orlando Based Event Announced:  Recruitment Organizations Seeking Ultimate “Soccer Moms and Dads” as Foster Parents~

Who:  The Florida Department of Children and Families, in partnership with local lead agency for foster and adoptive related services Community Based Care of Central Florida, with host  Freedom Ride and supporting agency the Foundation for Foster Children are teaming up to recruit a new generation of foster parents in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties!

What: The Florida Department of Children and Families announced last fall their recruitment goal of 1200 new foster homes within 12 months. The ambitious goal has been met half way, with more recruitment efforts in place. DCF Secretary David Wilkins and wife Tanya Wilkins are scheduled to join Glen Casel, CEO of Community Based Care of Florida in an effort to energize recruitment efforts within the local community. This event will host persons in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties who want to learn how to become a foster parent, even sign up to begin the process. This event is at capacity, but those interested in learning more can visit www.fosteringflorida.com on how to become a foster parent. 

When: January 30, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., guest Speakers 5:00-5:30 pm

Where: Freedom Ride , 1905 Lee Road, Orlando, Fl - facility is located in the back of the property

Why: Agencies across the state are continuously in need of new and loving foster parents. Efforts to retain foster parents are sometimes challenging, as in many cases these parents adopt the very same children they've cared for and retire from fostering. The state of Florida’s efforts to recruit 1200 new homes in 12 months illustrates that champion organizations for children are seeking to find the right home for the right child, not simply an open bed. The Governor's Child Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption Tanya Wilkins is leading statewide efforts to recruit the “ultimate soccer moms and dads,"  meaning those prospective persons who would care for and offer a child in foster care the same quality of life that they would offer their own biological child. 

For More info on Fostering in Florida or additional events around the state visit:


BROLL: There are great broll and interview ops available for members of the press, pending their comfort, we're happy to introduce you to guests attending who are interested in fostering. We'll also have foster parents on hand that you can speak directly with. 

Who is Who
Community Based Care of Central Florida, through contract with the Department, oversees foster and adoptive related services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. 

Freedom Ride is a therapeutic equine facility which specializes in work with special children. Freedom Ride has become a stronger supporter of foster children in the local community. 

The Foundation for Foster Children is a local nonprofit organization as well as friend to children in foster care. Their efforts to raise funds and grant wishes to local children in care are instrumental.