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Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie
DCF Press Secretary, (850) 459-2063

ADOPTIVE PARENTS, ADVOCATES RECOGNIZED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS
~ Florida receives 10 adoption awards in advance of National Adoption Month ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Two families who adopted special needs children. Two attorneys who work tirelessly for children in foster care. A foster child who has adopted her four nieces and nephews. A judge who creates families in her courtroom. Two families who welcomed teens permanently into their home. Two advocates who have made hundreds of adoptions possible.

This month, two national adoption programs recognized these special recipients across Florida. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute recently announced their annual “Angels in Adoption” awards, which included eight awards for Florida advocates. These recipients are nominated by a member of Congress. The program, which has recognized more than 1,700 award winners since 1999, raises public awareness about the difference adoption can make in the life of a child. For more information, go to www.angelsinadoption.org. The Angels in Adoption award winners are:

  • Raymond and Nancy Askew, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Linsey Brewster-Jenkins, Fort Lauderdal
  • Robert and Donna Clough, Pensacola
  • Alan Mishael, Miami Beach
  • Andrea Moore, Coral Springs
  • The Honorable Judge Sue Robbins, Ocala
  • Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Lauderhill
  • Jennifer and Bill Standley, Tallahassee

In addition, the Children’s Bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children & Families, recognized two special women in Florida for their advocacy to give hundreds of children the family they always wanted. These “Adoption Excellence Awards” were announced today.

  • Kim Johnson, Adoption Program Manager, Partnership for Strong Families, Gainesville
  • Kathy Donofro, Permanency Specialist, Big Bend Community Based Care, Tallahassee

"I would like to personally congratulate each of these winners, not only for this impressive award, but for the work they are doing to help children and families across the state,” said Secretary David Wilkins. “There are still so many children and teens waiting who would love to find a family."

Last year, our Department finalized 3,368 adoptions across the state. However, there are still almost 2,000 children, sibling groups and teens available for adoption. For information on how to adopt, or to see the children available for adoption, please go to www.adoptflorida.org.

In November, our Department and our partners across the state will be holding many events and adoption ceremonies to highlight these special children and the heroes who have become their new parents. To kickoff National Adoption Month, we will be joining Explore Adoption, the statewide adoption campaign, the Governor’s Office on Adoption and Child Protection and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection at Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park to highlight the children who still need a forever family. The event details are below; the media is invited to attend.

National Adoption Month Kickoff Event

  • November 1, 11 a.m.
    Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
    3540 Thomasville Road

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