National Adoption Month

Florida Department of Children and Families website

Governor Rick Scott says he wants about $200 million for Florida families who adopt foster kids.

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An effort is underway to highlight foster kids available for adoption in certain north Florida Starbucks coffee shops. This local partnership with Florida’s child welfare agency could branch out statewide.

adoptflorida.com

November is National Adoption Month, and as part of the month, the Florida Department of Children and Families is highlighting a service it offers to help certain adopted individuals find their birth families.

The goal behind Florida’s Adoption Reunion Registry is to reunite adopted adults with their birth families, which can include parents, grandparents, and siblings. DCF spokeswoman Alexis Lambert says it’s the only program of its kind in Florida that doesn’t require either party to take any court action.

At any given time there are about 800 children up for adoption in Florida. Those are kids whose  parents have had their parental rights terminated by a judge. And it’s those kids, that the state has a hard time trying to place. The Department of Children and Families and other groups are working hard to find them forever homes.

It’s a good day for 15-year-old Savannah Walker.

“I’m really excited, I’m relieved it’s over, cause it’s a really long process, but I’m really excited about the adoption.”