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Record High Adoptions Could Be Higher

July 22nd, 2009 by flanews

For the second straight year Florida has set a record for the number of foster kids being adopted. Last year the state found homes for 3,775 foster kids. As Whitney Ray tells us, civil rights advocates say allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt would help the state shatter the current adoption record.

Fundra Hart is a mother of two: 13 year old Torii is her biological daughter, and two years ago she adopted William.

Its been really good. He just blended right in, said Hart.

Fundra is just one of thousands of parents helping to ease the pain on the states troubled foster care system.

Ten thousand foster kids have been adopted since 2006. This year the state set a record, finding homes for 3,776 kids. While the state is celebrating the new record, civil rights advocates say the bar could be much higher. In Florida gay couples can be foster parents, but they cant adopt.

If you can be a good loving, caring foster parent then you should be able to make that a permanent relationship and many want to and thats the thing I think the governor needs to look at. Its sort of the elephant in the room context, said ACLU Spokesman Larry Spalding.

Wednesday Governor Charlie Crist dodged questions about the law.

Im serious about adoption and I think the record we celebrated today proves it, said Crist.

Despite the ban last year a Florida judge ruled in favor of a gay man who went to court to adopt his two foster children. The decision is being appealed by the state. On August 25th the 3rd District Court of Appeals will hear the states challenge.

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