Department of Children and Families
David E. Wilkins
February 7, 2012
AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
family stories of inspirational African-American foster and adoptive parents ~
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Victoria loves playing football and wants to be a zoologist. Montel writes his own music and likes social studies. Aaliyah wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Sheaundra and Jonathon are siblings; Jonathon wants to be a civil engineer, and Sheaundra is a fashionista who like algebra. Tyrell is a good friend, he says, like a brother. He likes fishing and football and science is his favorite subject.
These are just a few of the children who are being featured each day in February for "29 Days of Amazing African-American Children: Explore Adoption!" This Department of Children and Families online campaign shows an African-American child currently available for adoption in Florida and focuses on teens, sibling groups and children with special needs who are waiting for their forever family.
"Every child in foster care deserves to have a loving, permanent family," said Secretary David Wilkins. "This initiative will bring more attention to some amazing children who waiting for a place to call home."
The children are featured on the Explore Adoption website at www.adoptflorida.org. We will highlight each of them with videos, photos and biographies. These children are among the 800 children in foster care in Florida who are currently available for adoption.
The website will also showcase some of our wonderful African-American foster and adoptive families in the "Family Stories" gallery.
Black History Month celebrates achievements of African Americans across Florida and the nation. This adoption effort highlights wonderful African-American children with aspirations of becoming accomplished, successful adults. For information on adopting these children, please visit www.adoptflorida.org.