The Department of Children & Families is one of the state agencies charged with assisting abused and neglected children. The department does this by providing support services to children and their families, and, in some cases, providing a place outside of the home for children to live while their family problems are resolved.
In Florida each year, there are between 9,000 and 10,000 children who are removed from their home because they experienced neglect or abuse at the hands of a family member. It is no longer safe to live at home, at least for awhile ... but perhaps forever.
If there are no relatives able to care for them, they are placed in a group home or with a foster family. What sets foster parents apart is their ability to love a child like one of their own, regardless of whether the child lives with them for a month or for more than a year. Foster parents have the challenging task of providing an atmosphere that helps a child heal and prepare to go back home, if possible, or on to a new permanent home. Foster parents are a vital resource for these children as they wait in limbo, between a past that was painful and a future that is uncertain.
You may visit the DCF Website: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/fostercare/