Media Advisory

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

May 31, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Terri Durdaller
SunCoast Region
Communications Director
(813) 917-7570
Community Leaders Join Together for Foster Care Awareness Event Saturday in Bradenton

BRADENTON, FLA. – Community leaders are partnering with child welfare leaders to raise awareness on the shortage of foster parents in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. The Bridge a Life event sponsored by Bayside Community Church, Safe Children Coalition and many others is expected to bring more than 300 people to GT Bray Park to support the event on Saturday June 2. SunCoast Regional Director Mike Carroll will speak at the event and discuss the shortage of foster parents and the need to recruit loving foster parents for teens, sibling groups and those with special needs in this area.

A former foster child will also address the group and live music from America's Got Talent finalist Joshua Price will be heard.

Recently Mrs. Tanya Wilkins, child advocate and wife of DCF Secretary David Wilkins, was in town to recognize the efforts of the Guardian Angels of Southwest Florida and the Florida Baptist Children's Homes who are providing brand-new Christian foster homes. Community members and current foster families want to ensure that as the project progresses there are enough foster parents to meet the growing need. There are currently over 300 children in foster care in Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. They range in age from birth through 17 and many are part of a sibling group.

Please call 1-866-661-5656 or visit to get more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

  • WHO: SunCoast Regional Director Mike Carroll and a Former Foster Child
  • WHAT: Foster Care Awareness Event
  • WHEN: Saturday June 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: GT Bray Park, 5502 33rd Avenue Drive, West Bradenton FL 34209