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Rick Scott proposes $200M for adoption of foster kids

Florida Gov. Rick Scott didn’t roll out his entire proposed budget Thursday at AP Day, yet he floated a proposal that likely will meet no objection.

The governor proposed $200 million for families who adopt children from foster care. This money will continue post-adoption services for more than 37,000 children.

Adoptions have gone up since Scott took office; 3,600 children were adopted from foster care last year, according to the state’s executive office.

“Every November, we take time to recognize the many families across the state who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt children in need,” Gov. Scott said. “This Florida Adoption Month, I am proud to propose a nearly $200 million investment as part of my 2018-2019 recommended budget to support children adopted from foster care.

“Every child deserves a loving family and adoptive parents have a unique opportunity to help change a child’s life for the better,” he asserted.

“Being adopted into safe homes with loving families changes the lives of children and also transforms the forever families they join. Continued support after adoption enables more families to open their hearts and homes to children who are available for adoption,” added Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll.

This is a developing story. 

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