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Increase of adoption of children in Florida

In a one year period, more than 3,250 foster children were formally adopted in the state of Florida. This was an eight percent increase over the previous year, and it resulted in a large number of special needs children being brought into families.

The increase in the number of parents seeking custody of children through adoption has been part of the Explore Adoption campaign that was introduced by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Governor's Office of Adoption and Child Protection. The efforts of these organizations have resulted in more than 3,000 children being adopted each year during the last five year period.

"All children and youth in foster care need a permanent, loving family," the DCF Secretary was quoted as saying. Yet though these programs have been marked by success, there remain 750 children in the Florida area that are in the foster care system and require adoption.

Advice and counsel of an attorney experienced in the adoption area can be extremely important as such counsel can help to assure that expectations of all parties are met. Paper work needs to be filled out, procedures need to be complied with, and the entire process is inundated with red tape.

Parents are required to go under extensive background checks before an adoption can be finalized. Miscommunications need to be avoided during the application process because it is vitally important that the child be placed in the best and safest environment for their upbringing. The process is somewhat purposefully designed to be slow in order that mistakes can be avoided.

The current focus is upon special needs children (and especially teenagers) that would be placed in a dangerous situation if left in their home environment. Under such circumstances, a formalized adoption could save such children's lives.

Source: Nassau County Record, "Nassau No. 1 in adoptions," by Kathie Colgrove, Sep. 28, 2012

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