Children in Foster Care Head Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday

For Immediate Release: November 25, 2015

Children in Foster Care Head Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Nearly 1,400 children visit relatives or are adopted in time for Thanksgiving

TALLAHASSEE—The Department of Children and Families (DCF), its community partners and dependency judges statewide have worked together to ensure nearly 1,400 children in foster care will spend Thanksgiving with families and loved ones.

“We often take for granted the family and friends around the Thanksgiving dinner table. For children in care, the opportunity to be reunited with family or adopted into a home they’ve been longing for is priceless,” DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said. “Our mission is to not only protect children and teens from abuse and neglect, but also to help bring joy to children as they begin the process of healing.”

More than 1,025 children have been reunified or will visit with siblings, parents and extended family they have been apart from. Another 374 children will spend the holiday with a new forever family through adoption.

The “Home for the Holidays” initiative works to expedite placements by finalizing adoptions with new parents and requesting amended visitation so children may spend time with their family during this special time of year. The initiative requires collaboration from community-based care lead agencies, attorneys, judges, guardians, foster families and case managers. In many circumstances, the effort requires expedited background screenings, court orders and travel arrangements. The state’s 18 community-based care agencies frequently pick up the cost of the children’s travel if the family is unable to do so.

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Media Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450