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16 years old

Where hope finds a home.

Resilient and independent, Rosemarie is a talented singer and is extremely creative. An avid reader, Rosemarie is talkative and fun to be around. She's understanding of others, articulate, and eager to learn more about the world. Rosemarie loves watching movies and participating in "table talks" - discussions on a wide variety of topics, including poverty, an issue she wishes she could change about the world. Her favorite subjects in school are English and Science. Rosemarie's proudest moment this year was writing the lyrics for her first original song, and she's made it a goal for 2023 to write seven songs. She also loves being active and enjoys getting out in nature. Rosemarie has close friends but loves to meet new people, sharing music or ideas. She is mature, doing her own laundry, cleaning up and learning how to cook. Despite the many challenges she's faced in life, Rosemarie is friendly and outgoing, keeping a positive, curious attitude towards life and others. Compassionate and kind, Rosemarie strives to be someone who will be there for others. Her ideal forever family is fun, creative and active. Rosemarie is ready to share her intelligence and compassion in a supportive, stable environment. Rosemarie's perfect day would be at the beach, watching the sunset from a boat. She's ready to steer into a bright future and is ready for her forever family to guide her course. She would do best with a two-parent family with no other children in the home.


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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