In Florida each year, there are 9,000 to 10,000 children who are not able to live at home or sleep in their own beds due to neglect or abuse. These children range in age from newborns to teenagers. When there isn't a family member to care for them, they are likely to be placed in foster care.
We help potential foster parents by providing numerous resources, from general information about the foster care program to beginning the steps to becoming a foster parent, and from answering the "Am I Ready to Be a Foster Parent" questionnaire to assisting along their special journey: helping a child between a painful past and an uncertain future.
How does a child end up in foster care?
Happy homes create healthy kids. Unfortunately, not all homes are happy.
There are over 4,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect in Central Florida each year. Some of these children are not able to live at home or sleep in their own beds. These children are from all races and nationalities and range in age from newborns to teenagers. When there isn’t a family member to care for them, there are likely to be placed in foster care… for a little while, or sometimes forever.
Often there are not enough foster homes to make an immediate placement. It takes a very special family that is willing and able to help a child with a painful past and an uncertain future.