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Adoptions on the rise in Florida

3:39 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The number of adoptions in Florida is up by more than one hundred from the previous year as more children gain permanent families.

According to the Department of Children and Families, the orginization helped find permanent families for 3,353 children last year.

Younger children are often adopted more quickly than teenagers.

According to DCF 42, or about 12 percent, of the children adopted last year in Florida were 13-years or older. 

One hundred of the children had been in foster care for longer than five years.

"All children need a permanent place to call home," said DCF Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo. "We are thrilled so many Floridians are opening their hearts and homes to children in need, but our mission to find safe, loving families for every child in Florida continues, and we continue to call on the public to help us achieve this worthy goal."

Currently there are 750 children in foster care in Florida who are available for adoption and do not have an identified family.

"As a state, we must continue to work in coordination to ensure that every child available for adoption has a permanent family, and that each family receives needed support through post adoption services," said Zackary Gibson, Florida's Chief Child Advocate.

Kurt Kelly, CEO of the Florida Coalition of Children, said Florida leads the country in adoption rates.

Information on children currently available for adoption can be found at www.adoptflorida.org or by calling 1-800-96-ADOPT (1-800-962-3618).

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