Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

May 4, 2011
DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

Florida Uses Twitter to Encourage Families
To Adopt Children in Foster Care

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Florida is using Twitter to spread the word that about 850 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.

Floridians are getting news and information about children in foster care available for adoption, plus support and resources for adoptive families, by following @ExploreAdoption on Twitter.

"We are reaching out to loving Florida families and reminding them of the joy of adopting children in foster care," Secretary David Wilkins of the Florida Department of Children and Families said. "Every adoption of a child in foster care is a chance for a child to gain the love, nurturing and security of permanency with a family. Follow @ExploreAdoption on Twitter to keep up with Florida's adoption efforts and please share the Tweets with family and friends."

Explore Adoption is a statewide initiative promoting adoption of Florida children in foster care that focuses on children who wait the longest to find adoptive families: teens, children with medical needs and sibling groups. Florida received more than $15 million in federal bonuses for being best in the nation in 2009 and second in the nation in 2010 in increasing adoptions of children from foster care. To date during 2011, 545 children have been adopted from foster care.

Floridians interested in learning more about adopting children from foster care, which costs little or nothing and includes free health care and college tuition for the children, can become an @ExploreAdoption follower on Twitter, visit which includes Twitter postings or call 1-800-96-ADOPT.