For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2015
Governor, Cabinet Recognize Florida Adoption Month with Resolution
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Governor Rick Scott today presented a resolution recognizing November as Florida Adoption Month and urging Floridians to grow their family through adoption, as nearly 800 children are currently in foster care waiting for a forever family. He made the presentation at today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, held at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Ann and I recently celebrated the birth of our fourth grandson and are incredibly thankful for our family. I hope that National Adoption Month will bring increased awareness to the number of Florida children who are in need of a supportive family. I encourage families who are able to provide a forever home to foster children consider adoption so that every child can have the opportunity to achieve their dreams.”
First Lady Ann Scott said, “As a mother and a grandmother, I believe that every child deserves to have a warm and loving environment in which to grow and to learn. I am proud to join Rick in raising awareness to help Florida’s children in foster care find loving and permanent homes by recognizing November as National Adoption Month.”
Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Mike Carroll and Michelle Tipping, an adoptive mother of three, accepted the proclamation together. As part of National Adoption Month, Secretary Carroll issued a video blog (www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfFnkwn0yFs) talking about his own experience with adoption.
“As an adoptive parent, I can tell you my son enriches my life every day – he truly gives more to me than I could ever give him,” Secretary Carroll said. “As Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, I can tell you there is nothing more rewarding than to be able to place these children in loving forever homes.”
Every day this month children available for adoption are being featured on “30 Days of Amazing Children” at AdoptFlorida.org, and numerous events celebrating adoption are being hosted by the community-based care organizations who oversee foster care and adoption in Florida. A schedule of those events is available on the website along with information on adoption.
Last fiscal year, 3,177 children were adopted from Florida’s foster care system.
Contact: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, 850-717-4450