Tallahassee, Florida -- More Florida children will have a happier holiday this season.
Statewide, 460 children became part of a permanent, loving family. Throughout the month, the Florida Department of Children and Families and our many community partners celebrated National Adoption Month by holding dozens of community group adoption ceremonies.
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These adoptions included 44 sibling groups, including four groups of four siblings, three groups of five siblings and one group of seven siblings all being adopted together. The final number for this year is up slightly from 450 children adopted during November last year.
The state's Explore Adoption website saw heavy traffic during November. There were more than 300,000 page views, which is up from about 60,000 in November 2010. In addition, more than 400 inquiries came in from people interesting in adopting some of the teens and sibling groups currently available.
Specific requests were made for information on 23 of the 30 children featured during November's "30 Days of Amazing Children" campaign.
Florida is a national model for successful adoptions. During the past four years, the state has found homes for nearly 14,000 foster care children; more than 3,000 of those were adopted last year alone. Over the past year, Florida has also significantly reduced the number of children in foster care available for adoption without an identified family.
Adoption is not something that only happens in November. There are still about 800 children in Florida waiting for that family that is just perfect for them.
For more information about adoption of foster children in Florida, please visit www.adoptflorida.org or you can check out our Wednesday's Child stories right here on our website.
These children need and deserve a loving home.