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Kaiden & Joshua


Brothers Kaiden and Joshua are ready for a loving home.

Kaiden is smart, helpful and caring; he recites Scripture and dreams about a hopeful future. Younger brother, Joshua, is loving and respectful, independent yet affectionate. Both boys admit they love school, with Kaiden excelling at reading and math while Joshua thrives in “playtime”. Kaiden wants to be a policeman when he grows up, Joshua a fireman. Their caseworkers say Kaiden is empathetic and funny, despite sometimes arguing with his brother. He’s “a dependable boy with a good character” while Joshua is “a child with a good, loving heart.” Despite their occasional squabbles, the brothers are close, and look forward to a forever family where they can be together in harmony. Kaiden likes to read and play football. He practices taekwondo and hopes for a family that is fun and adventurous. Joshua likes to play flag football or with toys and this year he wants to learn his ABC’s. He hopes for “a family to love with Kaiden, and I would like to play with them.” Kaiden’s perfect day is “to love and take care of my brother.” He hopes for a family that is fun, likes adventures, football, and Jesus.” He wants his future family to know, “I am helpful, I love others, I love Jesus, and I try my best to do good.” The boys will need to be the only children in the home and due to the needs of the children, local families will be considered before exploring outside of the Tampa Bay area.


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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