All Pro Dad longs for every child to know the love of a mom and dad and for every mom and dad to be engaged in the life of their child. We’re teaming up with the Florida Department of Children and Families to connect children in need with loving parents.

Are you looking to foster or adopt a child?

 To find state departments for foster care and adoption, click hereTo take your first step in becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Florida, connect with your local agency based on your county of residence:

Big Bend Community Based Care
Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla, and Washington county

Brevard Family Partnership
Brevard county

ChildNet
Broward and Palm Beach County

Children’s Network of Southwest Florida
Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee County

Citrus Family Care Network
Miami-Dade and Monroe County

Communities Connected for Kids CBC
Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie County

Community Partnership for Children
Flagler, Putnam, and Volusia County

Eckerd Community Alternatives – Hillsborough
Hillsborough County

Eckerd Community Alternatives – Pinellas/Pasco
Pinellas and Pasco County

Embrace Families
Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County

Families First Network of Lakeview
Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton, and Santa Rosa County

Family Support Services of North Florida
Duval and Nassau County

Heartland for Children
Hardee, Highlands, and Polk County

Kids Central
Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter County

Kids First of Florida
Clay County

Partnership for Strong Families
Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union county

Safe Children Coalition
DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota County

St. Johns Board of County Commissioners
St. Johns County

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barriers to adoption
All Pro Dad

What Barriers are Stopping You from Fostering or Adopting?

Being the parent of a 4-year-old, I regularly see barriers that stop her in her tracks. Walking into a dark room to put away a toy is one. She will come find me wherever I am in the house and let me know it’s dark and that she can’t put her toys away. What’s her fear? Monsters. Yes, the classic fear of a monster looming in that dark room immobilizes her. Stepping off a curb into a busy parking lot has the same “stop her in her tracks” effect. She is afraid of the large moving cars and will look up and reach out to take my hand so she can cross the parking lot safely. Do you see the difference between these two barriers that stop her in her tracks? One fear I encourage her to conquer on her own. The other, I actually validate as being healthy and help her navigate.

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what your foster childs social worker wishes you knew
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What Your Foster Child’s Social Worker Wishes You Knew

When a child is placed in foster care, a social worker is assigned to that foster child. The social worker’s job is to help ensure the child is safe. The social worker also works with the biological family toward the goal of safely reunifying the family and child.

The social worker has a unique perspective of visiting the foster family’s home to speak to the foster family and child, while also meeting and working with the biological family of the child. With this perspective, most foster care social workers wish new foster parents would knew these 4 things.

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positive effects of foster care
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The Positive Impact Fostering Has on Your Biological Children

When families are considering fostering and they have biological children in their home, they almost always ask what impact fostering could have on their children. This is a wise question—one every family should ask. The reality is, however, that a majority of the time they are asking about negative impacts.

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adoption and fostering
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4 Things Former Foster and Adopted Kids Wish You Knew

Most of us enjoy knowing the inside story, the behind the scenes reality. That’s why shows about how things are made are still popular. Have you ever watched the show “Undercover Boss?” Same concept—will the boss come to know what the employees are really like?

It’s compelling to know the real story, including the story behind adoption and fostering. So we asked a group of foster and adopted youth what they thought you should know about adoption and fostering kids. Here are the 4 things they want to tell you.

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5 Myths of Foster Care

Myths about Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster are entertaining, and even somewhat comical. Overall, these fantastical myths are harmless, but foster care myths are damaging. If foster care myths are believed, they have life consequences for children in the foster care system as people choose not to provide care. Here are 5 common myths about foster care and the real truth you should know.

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becoming a foster parent
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5 Things You Should be Concerned about if You are Considering Becoming a Foster Parent

It’s okay to have concerns about becoming a foster parent. If you read that too quickly, take a deep breath and be affirmed. It’s ok to have concerns about becoming a foster parent. If you ask any seasoned foster parent trainer or recruiter what worries them the most about people considering becoming foster parents, they would say the people that don’t have any concerns worries them most! So there, you are normal, it’s okay to have some concerns. Now, let’s talk about what some of the most common concerns people have as they consider becoming a foster parent.

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foster care
All Pro Dad

10 Ways to Get Involved with Foster Care

Though fostering and adopting is not possible for everyone, what is possible is finding ways to support those who make these important choices. It’s likely someone you know—a neighbor, family member or friend— is considering adopting or fostering. It might even be the case that someone you know is already fostering or has already adopted a child. Helping a friend or family member who is fostering or adopting is easier than many think. Here are 10 ways to get involved with foster care.

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