DCF and CBC Partners Announce a Record Number of Adoptions for the Month of May
TALLAHASSEE— Leading up to the end of the state fiscal year, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and its Community-Based Care (CBC) partners are pleased to announce that 343 children found forever families last month, a new record high for the number of adoptions in the month of May.
This is the third highest number of adoptions this fiscal year, and a 6 percent increase over the previous May record of 321, putting Florida on track for a record number of adoptions this fiscal year.
“All children need and deserve a permanent, loving home,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “We are excited about the increase in adoptions and thankful to our CBCs for their diligent efforts to find families for these children. We hope this will inspire more individuals and families to consider opening their hearts and homes to a child in need of a forever family.”
More than 2,900 children have been adopted so far this fiscal year. November is National Adoption Month and always a record breaking month for adoptions statewide.
The department works with local CBC agencies to help match children with foster and adoptive families throughout Florida. These partnerships allow local service agencies and non-profits, who understand the unique needs of their community, find permanent families for children.
“Every day I am grateful to the families that step into the adoption journey,” Teri Saunders, CEO of Heartland for Children, said. “Families that step up to these challenges, and are able to meet our children’s needs, can alter the course of that child’s life.”
Heartland for Children is the lead CBC agency for Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. Saunders attributes the success in the month of May to the commitment and hard work between case managers at Children’s Home Society, Devereux, Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, One Hope United and the teams that works behind the scenes to ensure all of the paperwork and technical requirements are in order for the adoptions to be finalized.
“It is a testament to the dedication and hard work Florida’s community-based and provider agencies have put into finding forever families for all foster children,” Kurt Kelly, CEO of Florida Coalition for Children said. “This record number of adoptions is confirmation that our foster care and adoption programs in Florida are working.”
On any given day in Florida there are approximately 750 children in foster care without an identified family who are available for adoption. To learn more about public adoption in Florida, featured children and local resources visit www.adoptflorida.org.
For an adoption PSA available for media distribution visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsRmXpuhdUg.
CONTACT: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450