DCF Celebrates Black History Month With ‘28 Days of Amazing Children’

For Immediate Release: Feb. 2, 2015

DCF Celebrates Black History Month With ‘28 Days of Amazing Children’
Adoption website to feature African-American children in need of loving families

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of Black History Month, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and its community partners are recognizing the achievements of African-Americans by participating in a variety of activities across the state and kicking off its annual adoption campaign – “28 Days of Amazing Children.” The first of many events begins today in Miami featuring the Union Academy Choir and Band.

“February is a time to reflect on the significant contributions African-Americans have made in our country and our state,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. “By highlighting some of our youngest future leaders, we hope to encourage those considering adoption to take a moment to learn a little more about the children searching for their forever homes.”

DCF has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection to promote African-American Children through the “28 Days of Amazing Children” adoption initiative. The campaign showcases one African-American child, teenager or sibling group available for adoption every day in February.

Today, learn more about Markel – a thirteen year-old from South Florida. Markel is an athlete and plays both basketball and football. His favorite subject is reading and like most young teens his most cherished pastime is spending time with his friends.

Approximately 750 children in Florida's foster care program are available for adoption. The biographies and videos of children and teens available for adoption can be found by visiting: www.adoptflorida.org.

This PSA, available for distribution, shows how a sibling group could complete a family and give wonderful children a family to call their own, www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsRmXpuhdUg .

For more information of the department’s Black History Month activities, visit: www.myflfamilies.com/newsroom/public-events-meetings/month.

Contact: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450