TALLAHASEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida child welfare officials say they have recruited nearly 1,200 new foster parents in the past fiscal year.
Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said the recruitment goal is part of a statewide effort to not only increase the quantity of foster parents, but to find more qualified ones, as well.
Wilkins made a plea Tuesday for more foster parents as part of National Foster Care Month.
The agency also successfully championed for a new law that grants foster parents the authority to make decisions without going through caseworkers or courts about things like attending summer camps and obtaining a driver's license.
DCF is launching a new blog series written by Denise Beeman Sasiain, a mother of adopted and foster children in South Florida.