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Adoptions on the Rise

November 24th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

More than ten thousand children have been adopted in Florida over the last three years. At the same time, the state has decreased the number of kids in Foster care by 34%. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, every month in Florida, 200 families adopt.

Denise Mozee and her soon-to-be-son Rashad stepped before a judge to finalize a love that began seven years ago when Rashad was placed in foster care.

With the judges approval, Rashad became one of almost 4 thousand children adopted this year.

This is going to be his home forever,” Mozee said.

Thanks in part to a campaign from this one, Florida has been setting records for adoptions over the last three years.

There are also benefits. Teachers and state employees can be paid a subsidy. All children adopted from foster care receive free tuition at a state university. At this ceremony, the Lt. Governor noted adopting is not easy.

Its been a long road,” Kottkamp said.

Would-be parents must undergo 10 weeks of training, background checks and a home assessment. Once in court, friends and family attest to a parents fitness.

Laurie and Dave Gussak are adopting Joseph, a Peruvian child abandoned at birth.

I couldnt be any happier,” Laurie Gussak said. “This is the best thing Ive done in my entire life.

Teenagers remain the most difficult age group to place in adoptive homes. 19 thousand children remain in Floridas foster care system.

For more information on adopting, including eligibility and what is required, go to www.adoptflorida.org <http://www.adoptflorida.org>.

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