Right now, more than 40 local children are waiting to meet their forever family in North Central Florida. Their stories vary, but connections of shared experiences are woven through. While these stories can be lined with pain, fear and trauma, hope remains a common thread. These children deserve the love and support of a forever family.
You can be the one to change their story.
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We not only honor our foster parents this month, but also our phenomenal non-relative and relative caregivers. PSF is so incredibly grateful for Michelle and her family. Michelle and her husband have added two teenage daughters to their family, and we are so glad she has shared a portion of her story! #NFCM2018 #NationalFosterCareMonth #Fostering #Adoption #Teens #Siblings
Posted by Partnership for Strong Families on Thursday, May 10, 2018
PSF has developed a cohesive approach to permanency for children in Circuits 3 and 8 using a family-centered and child-sensitive approach. When a child is removed from their home, the initial focus is on safely reunifying them with their biological parents and strengthening the family. PSF strives to make the experience of children and families who are in need of assistance as natural and supportive as possible. In some cases, however, it does not prove possible to safely reunify children with their parents. In accordance with Florida Statutes, the preferred goal for such children is adoption.
At any given time, Circuits 3 and 8 typically have roughly one-hundred children freed for adoption, meaning that all legal ties to their biological parents have ceased. Also, at any given time between 30-50 of these children are awaiting permanent homes. Typically, certain children stand a likelihood of having to endure a longer wait for a family. These are children over the age of 8 (especially teens), sibling pairs and groups and children who (often due to difficult experiences in their early lives) may present special behavioral and emotional needs.
Consider becoming an adoptive family today. Visit the Heart Gallery section of our website to get to know some of our waiting youth or contact Nicole Hernandez at Nicole.Hernandez@pfsf.org or 352-244-1684 to learn more about the process. Want someone to contact you? Complete the information request below, and a member of our recruitment staff will be in touch within one business day.