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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.
- Contact: Bob Rooks
- Phone: 904-353-0679 or 1-800-96-ADOPT
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Waiting 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.