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Adoptions Hit All Time High in Florida

July 31st, 2008 by flanews

More kids were adopted in Florida last year than ever before, but the Department of Children and Families is still trying to find homes for more than 3,000 children. As Whitney Ray tells us, DCF is focused on finding homes for older kids, and keeping brothers and sister together.

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These six boys are inseparable.

Theyre my brothers and I love them so much, said seven year old Michael Polston.

But it wasnt long ago the Polston brothers were living with foster parents. The oldest, Kevin, tried to keep his family together as they moved from home to home.

Wed come home from school one day and theyd be like okay were moving were being transferred to someone else, said Kevin.

Now things have changed. Deborah and Ricky Polston adopted Kevin and his five brothers.

When I got on the internet and saw the faces, and the sea of faces of children out there. It just broke my heart, said Deborah.

People across the state have been moved to adopt in record numbers.

Thirty six hundred children, who were fearful of facing this world alone, can lay those fears to rest, said DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth.

Now DCF is focused on finding homes for harder to place children such as; minorities, older kids, and children with disabilities.

The department is also trying to keep brothers and sisters together the state lucked out when the Polstons decided they could raise six boys.

Its a lot of work, but very rewarding, said Ricky.

A reward for the parents, and piece of mind for six children who now have a place to call home. In May DCF launched its Explore Adoption campaign and set up a website for people interested in adopting children. More than 8,000 people have visited the site. If youre interested in adopting, you can check it out at http://www.adoptflorida.org.

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