Foster Children Adoption

The children available for adoption on this website are located in Central Florida and currently in foster care, or in some cases, the children are residing temporarily with a relative caregiver.  All of these children, for whatever reason, are a ward of the state and under the state of Florida’s care through Kids Central, one of its community-based care agencies.

When a Florida’s child in foster care becomes available for adoption, the legal rights of their biological parents have been permanently terminated. Life histories are shared with prospective adoptive parents of these children that come from a wide range of backgrounds, circumstances, races and ethnicity.

Special Needs Children

“Special needs” is a federal legal definition that applies to most children in care. It means the child qualifies for an adoption subsidy. It does not mean the child necessarily has any disability. In Florida, any of the following criteria qualifies a child for special needs assistance:

    • Children aged 8 or older who are often harder to place 
    • member of a sibling group being placed for adoption together
    • African American or racially mixed
    • significant emotional ties with foster parents or a relative caregiver
    • mental, physical or emotional handicap

Teens

Teenagers in care need parents for love and guidance as they navigate the transition into adulthood. As an adoptive parent to a teen you will become a mentor, a cheerleader, a teacher and a friend. By providing the strong foundation of a permanent family, you give a teenager the security and confidence to make the good decisions that lead to a successful future.  Adopting a teenager is a great choice for older parents who are concerned about their ability to keep up with young children. Also, when you adopt a teenager from community-based care, tuition to one of Florida’s state universities, colleges or vocational schools is free!

Siblings

In the past, brothers and sisters separated from their birth parents because of abuse or neglect were often adopted into different homes. This was partially because younger siblings found homes more readily, leaving older siblings in temporary care. Today, adoption recruiters work hard to keep siblings together, finding these children do better if they have a chance to grow up together with their brothers and sisters.

family w special needsDisabilities and Medical Conditions

Some of the children who wait the longest to find forever families are children with disabilities or medical conditions. Throughout Florida, hundreds of children with disabilities or medical conditions are looking for families who will embrace them and experience the unique rewards of adopting a child with special needs.  The Florida’s Medical Foster Care Program (MFC) is a coordinated effort between the Florida Medicaid Program within the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Children’s Medical Services, Department of Health and the Child Welfare and Community-Based Care Program within the Department of Children and Families. The purpose of MFC is to enhance the quality of life for medically complex foster children allowing them to develop to their fullest potential in a home based program.