Want to foster or adopt in Florida?

Thinking about fostering or even adopting?

Jenn Petion, director of administration and external affairs for FamiliesFirst Network, provided some insight into the process.

Q. How many children need adoptive families in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties?

A. We’ve got 406 children who are legally free for adoption in our circuit; 252 of those live in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa or Walton counties.

Q. How long does it typically take for an adoptive child to be placed in a home?

A. If you are a relative the process may move a bit faster. If you are seeking to adopt and don’t have an identified child yet, it may take longer. The process varies based on how restrictive the family is on what they want to be considered for a child. For example, if you are very open to any age child, chances are we are going to be able to match you quicker because there are more children who match that.

Q. What are the requirements for adoptive parents such as age and martial status?

A. To foster, you must be …

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