For Immediate Release: Nov. 6, 2014
Contact: DCF Press Office, (850) 413-0771
DCF Recognizes National Adoption Month with ‘30 Days of Amazing Children’
TALLAHASSEE—In recognition of November as National Adoption Month , the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) today is launching “30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption,” an online campaign to highlight children available for adoption and let stories of adoption help find forever families for all Florida children.
About 750 children in foster care in Florida are currently available for adoption without an identified family, and every day in November the campaign will feature a different picture or video from AdoptFlorida.org of a child, teen or sibling group looking for a forever family.
“I know firsthand the difference a forever family can make in a child’s life,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “We adopted our son from Florida’s foster care system and we could not imagine our family without him. He has brought so much joy to our lives, and I hope other families will consider the wonderful possibilities that could come from making a place in your own family for a child.”
Florida is a national leader in its use of an innovative community-based care system that has resulted in an increase in adoptions. Last year, the department and its community-based partners found families for 3,218 Florida children. Adoption events are being held throughout the state during the month. For a full list of events and information on how to get involved, visit AdoptFlorida.org. Every family that adopts a child during their local National Adoption Day event will receive a commemorative forever family picture frame to encourage sharing the adoption journey with people in their community.
“Throughout National Adoption Month our community-based care lead and provider agencies are celebrating thousands of adoptions,” Kurt Kelly, Florida Coalition for Children CEO said. “Because of the hard work of our adoption specialists, case managers, staff and volunteers, Florida leads the nation in the number of children adopted each year. November is a time to celebrate these forever families and educate others about fostering and adoption.”
Weekly, as part of the National Adoption Month celebration and the “30 Days of Amazing Children” campaign, the DCF website, MyFlFamilies.com, will also feature blogs written by adoptive children and parents. Today’s blog, at http://blog.myflfamilies.com/category/adoption/, features Kathy Wintons, a case worker at Children’s Home Society who adopted a teenager she mentored for more than two years. Kathy writes in today’s blog, “I always thought I would adopt a baby or toddler, but Myra is perfect for us. Teens like Myra desire to have a family, to be loved—and they have a lot of love to give.”
For more information about adoption and children available for adoption in Florida, visit www.adoptflorida.org or call 1-800-96-ADOPT (1-800-962-3678).