TALLAHASEE, Fla. -- Portraits of 50 foster children hoping to be adopted will adorn the Capitol walls this month.
The Florida Association of Heart Galleries unveiled the photos in Tallahassee Tuesday. Legislative leaders were also presented with portraits of children available for adoption in their districts.
About 850 children in foster care are available for adoption on any given day in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott encouraged Floridians "to consider adopting the wonderful children in foster care searching for a permanent family."
Foster care adoptions have spiked in the last decade as the Department of Children and Families and its contractors have pushed to find permanent homes for children.
Adoptions jumped from 2,008 in the 2000-01 fiscal year to 3,368 last fiscal year.