These three fun-loving siblings are ready to go wherever you'll take them!
Dedicated to her role as big sister, Kadence is nurturing, helpful and cooperative. Kadence is genuine, wearing her heart on her sleeve, friendly and easy to get to know. At school, she is intelligent and self-motivated, and her favorite subjects are Forensic Science and journalism. Kadence plans to study psychology or work in animal rescue when she grows up. Her caregivers agree she would make a wonderful psychologist as she is a patient listener, sweet and warm to others. Kadence is strong and not easily influenced by the crowd, which is surprising in a teenager â€“ she truly follows her own path. Kadence dreams of visiting Hawaii to try her hand at surfing.
Her brother, David, shares her adventurous spirit: sporty, chatty and outgoing, David is always up for anything. Friends with everyone, David has a big heart, is curious and funny. In school he likes Math "because you get to count." He loves playing outside, swimming or gaming. If he could change anything about the world, he would eliminate war.
Their littlest brother, Brody, joins the family in adventure, ready to dive right in and loves to explore. Brody loves to make people laugh, and is "curious, sweet and smart." He has made amazing progress this year, both academically and socially. Brody dreams of being an astronaut, and would love to go back in time to "save the dinosaurs from extinction." He looks up to his brother, "because he's bigger than me but he still plays with me." Kadence, David and Brody hope for a forever family that loves to do things together, are active and outdoorsy. As David writes, "a family that likes getting out and having experiences."
Take a leap of faith to meet these special siblings; they will take you special places.
If a child in foster care is in the Heart Gallery, reunification with their biological family was not possible so an adoptive family is needed. Most Heart Gallery children are at least 9 years old, part of a sibling group, and/or have special needs. All children in foster care have experienced abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect; therefore, need support to heal from the trauma they have experienced.
All children are different, with a variety of unique strengths and needs so all types of families are needed. In Florida, you must be at least 21 to adopt a child from foster care. There are no restrictions based on age, race, marital status, or sexual orientation. You may live in a home or apartment that you own or rent. Adoptive parents must have a stable income sufficient to support their family.
In Florida, there is no cost to adopt a child from foster care. In fact, families who adopt may qualify for a monthly adoption subsidy. Health care for children adopted from foster care is covered by Medicaid until age 18. They also receive free tuition at any Florida state college, university, or vocational school.
Federal tax credits and exemptions may also be available. Visit the IRS website to learn more.
Prospective adoptive parents must complete Adoption Orientation, a 36-hour Professional Parenting course, have an approved home study, and approved background screenings. Most importantly, you must be willing to make a lifelong commitment to a child in need.
Yes. One of the benefits of adopting from Florida is having access to a comprehensive case history. You will be given information on the child’s background, medical history, and personality. This information helps you determine if your family is the right fit for the child.
This can vary greatly depending on the situation. However, as a general rule, it usually takes about 12 months from the time a family begins training to the time when a child is placed with the family.
Yes! Your approved home study should be accepted by any child welfare agency. Each circumstance will be assessed to determine if it is appropriate for a child to move out of state. Keep in mind these adoptions can be more complex and take longer, depending on the case.
Adoptions appear to be more stable when parents have flexible and realistic expectations for their children and when they use post-adoption supports to help with challenges.
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