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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.

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Things You Should Know


Foster and Adoption Licensing Requirements


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.

For more information about adopting or fostering, please call 1-800-96-ADOPT. Have more questions about adoption? Read our adoption FAQs or view the Road to Adoption.


Costs to Foster or Adopt


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.


Agency Contact and Orientation Information


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.


Parent Support Groups


Please call 1-800-96-ADOPT to find local Parent Support Groups.


Information on Florida's Waiting Children


There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Florida. About 750 of children waiting for permanent placement are without identified families.

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