Portraits of foster children line Capitol walls in Tallahassee

By: AP
By: AP

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.

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  • by Brenda Location: Caryville on May 3, 2011 at 07:20 PM
    Yeah, Let some one like me try to adopt a child and there is miles of red tape to go through. I am not rich, I am 55 and do not make a lot of money. However I have time on my hands as my own children have left the nest.But since my house isn't spotless and I don't have air conditioning. I'm consitered poor, living on or near poverty level. I don't stand a chance to adopt a child.But any hair brained teenager can get pregnant and have a child and in 3 days the hospital gives them their kid and who knows what kind of hell their taking that child into. A lot of the children are on the news as being abused and neglected. I wish some times they'd pass out kids like dogs and cats I'd be the first one in line.
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