Florida foster care and adoption guidelines
We are pleased that you are interested in fostering or adoption. For information, interested families in Florida can call the Adoption Information Center toll-free at 800-96-ADOPT (800-962-3678). This number only works when calling inside the state of Florida. When calling from the outside of Florida, dial 904-353-0679.
Contact: Bob Rooks
Phone: 904-353-0679 or 1-800-96-ADOPT
Things you should know
- Foster and adoption licensing requirements
- Costs to foster and adopt
- Agency contact and orientation information
- Parent support groups
- Information on Florida's children
Requirements for foster and adoptive parents include a Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting course, or the PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information Development and Education) Training.
- Prospective foster parents complete a licensing study to become licensed to become foster parents.
- Prospective adoptive parents complete a homestudy to be licensed to adopt.
- The typical time frame is six to eight months for the entire process.
If a family is working with a community-based care agency, there is no cost to foster or adopt. Please call us to ask about finding a community-based care agency.
Find your local community-based care agency through the Department of Children and Families using this map of recruiters and specialists.
There are as many as six to eight agencies in a community. Please call 1-800-96-ADOPT for the agency nearest you.
Please call 1-800-96-ADOPT to find local parent support groups.
There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Florida. About 750 of children waiting for permanent placement are without identified families.