The Numbers

Every day in Florida, children are removed from their homes to protect them from abuse and neglect caused by the adults that are supposed to love and provide for them. They need a loving family who is well prepared and able to help meet their needs. They require a family that is willing to work towards family reunification and, when appropriate, provide a permanent family through adoption.

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The Challenge

More than 50% of foster parents quit within their first year of service. An estimated 65% of adoptive placements disrupt, which results in returning the children to foster care. This failure rate is one of the primary drivers creating Florida’s child welfare crisis, in which there are not enough foster and adoptive families to care for vulnerable children.

Because of this shortage of available families, residential group facilities (or modern-day orphanages) have become the default solution for nearly 25% of Florida’s children entering into foster care. This is a tragedy, as research is clear that children who grow up in these facilities without a permanent family face a frightening future excluded from the opportunities and quality of life that are normal for most.

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The Solution

Churches working together are the solution. Live The Promise: FL is a promising plan for foster care and adoption, equipping churches to flood the foster care and adoption system with well-trained and well-supported foster families.

Florida 1.27 embraces the reality that caring for vulnerable children can be difficult. It is a unique calling where some people are called to bring a child into their own home. Others can contribute in additional ways using their unique gifts and abilities.

Florida 1.27 works in partnership with Promise 686, a national organization that developed the Live The Promise model. This model inspires and equips churches to engage volunteers to proactively serve and support foster and adoptive families. With this results-proven model, Florida 1.27 implements its Live The Promise: FL campaign to reach its goal of having more than enough foster and adoptive families trained, supported, and available to care for vulnerable children.

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