FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 1, 2016
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Gov. Scott Proclaims November as Florida Adoption Month
DCF Launches Online Campaign ‘30 Days of Amazing Children’
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In recognition of National Adoption Month, Governor Rick Scott today proclaimed November as Florida Adoption Month. Along with Governor Scott, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will support statewide efforts to connect hundreds of Florida children with loving families through the “30 Days of Amazing Children” campaign. Each day, DCF will highlight two amazing children who are looking for a forever home at AdoptFlorida.org. View the proclamation.
Governor Scott said, “I am proud to celebrate Florida Adoption Month as we raise awareness of foster care adoptions in Florida. Every child deserves a loving family and adoption provides a unique opportunity to improve children’s lives and enrich the lives of adoptive parents. This past year, more than 3,400 children were adopted across our state, and I urge more Floridians to consider opening their hearts and homes to children in need of a forever family.”
First Lady Ann Scott said, “As we celebrate Florida Adoption Month, I encourage families across the state to consider adopting to improve a child’s life. Together we can provide the love and support that every child deserves. I extend my best wishes to those loving families that have improved the lives of so many children in our state and to those that will become forever families in the future.”
DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said, “When we remove a child from a home to protect them from abuse or neglect, our work has only just begun. We have a responsibility to help them heal, learn to bond again, and learn to love again, and that is why our foster and adoptive parents are so vital. As an adoptive parent myself, I can tell you that they give as much love and joy in return. Adoption is a beautiful way to grow a family.”
The online campaign, “30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption,” will feature pictures of and stories about children available for adoption and the kind of family they hope to find. Many of them are teens, sibling groups and children with special needs who have been hoping for a family for a long time.
Over the last 15 years, the department and its community-based partners found families for more than 47,700 Florida children, including nearly 3,500 children last fiscal year. At any given time, as many as 800 children care in Florida are available for adoption and ready for their forever family.