Department Initiatives

Black History Month 2014
Message from the Secretary
Interim Secretary Esther Jacobo

Dear Friends,

During Black History Month, I invite you to join us in celebrating the accomplishments of African-American heroes in our state. Throughout the month of February, Florida Department of Children and Families employees and many of our community partners are participating in a variety of activities to recognize past and present achievements of African-Americans and to appreciate our rich history as a nation. Black History Month provides us the opportunity to reflect on these contributions and to honor our dedicated African-American adoptive and foster parents, partners, community leaders, and employees.

To commemorate Black History Month, DCF is hosting its 7th annual celebratory event in Tallahassee at the Department of State R. A. Gray Auditorium on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Our theme for this year is “Strengthening Families and Communities One Family at a Time”. There will be an uplifting musical performance from the FSU Gospel Choir Ensemble as well as a special tribute in memory of Nelson Mandela.

In addition to the event, DCF is partnering with the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection in February for “28 days of Amazing African-American Children: Explore Adoption,” which will feature African-American children available for adoption. You can find adoption information, photos and videos on the Explore Adoption website at

Join us for this exciting month of celebrating our African-American heroes and help us find families for our children.

Interim Secretary
Esther Jacobo

28 Days of Amazing African American Children:Explore Adoption!

During the month of February, in celebration of Black History month, Florida will be presenting 28 Days of Amazing African American Children: Explore Adoption! This initiative will feature an African-American child, teenager or sibling group available for adoption every day in February. These amazing African American children and teenagers will be featured on the Explore Adoption website On the website you will find a combination of videos, photos, and biographies highlighting these wonderful children. In addition, the Explore Adoption website will feature African-American adoptive parents in the "Family Stories" photo album who became adoptive parents to one or more foster children this past year. So, please join us as we recognize an African American child or sibling group who is dreaming of joining their forever family.