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Why Should I Become A Foster Parent?

All children who have been removed from their own homes and are in foster care have suffered from abuse, neglect or abandonment by a parent and were unable to safely remain in their homes.

Children in foster care range from newborns to age eighteen. These children live in your communities and come from diverse backgrounds. Whenever possible, they live with relatives; when that is not possible, the children are placed with a foster family.

Foster families provide these precious children a temporary, safe place to live until they can be reunited with their families or, when that is not possible, until an adoptive family is identified. The goal is for all children to have a permanent home within one year of being removed from their home.

The love, attention and support foster families provide serve as a foundation for a secure and successful life for thousands of children in Florida, at a time when they need it most.

Foster families can expect many rewards:

  • A sense of accomplishment

  • The chance to help children feel good about themselves

  • Pride in doing a meaningful and important job

  • Challenging experiences

  • The opportunity to meet and work with new people

  • A chance to use special talents and knowledge

  • The opportunity to make a lifetime of difference in a short time

These children will grow up to be Florida's next generation of employees, leaders and parents. Please help give them the opportunities they deserve to become successful members of our society.

For more information about becoming a foster parent, find contacts in your area.

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