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Heartland for Children is looking for families who are interested in becoming a forever family for children in the foster care system who are looking for adoptive homes.
These children require a strong family, who can provide a loving, safe, and stable environment to help them develop and feel comfortable as part of the family.
Married couples, single adults and legally divorced and widowed adults are eligible to apply to be an adoptive parent. All applicants must be 21 years of age of older. There is no minimum income requirement, but applicants must have legal and stable income that is sufficient to support themselves and their families. There are many benefits to adopting a child or teenager, for instance college tuition is funded by the state of Florida. Call to learn more about all of the benefits offered through adoption.
Steps to becoming an adoptive parent:
- Participate in training.
- Complete background screening.
- Complete a health screening.
- Participate in home and health inspections.
- Complete a home study.
Q: What is adoption?
A: Adoption is making a child permanent and legal member of your family. Adoption means giving a forever permanent home and a family to a child who currently has neither. It also means providing a child a loving and stable environment, understanding, and guidance so that he or she can reach their potential.
Q: What children are available for adoption?
A: Children of all ages, races, and ethnic groups. Many are brothers and sisters who need to grow up together. Some children are physically, mentally, or emotionally challenged.
Q: Why are children in need of an adoptive home?
A: Some have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Other may have handicaps or severe medical needs.
Q: What types of families are needed for these children?
A: Families that have a strong support system, a sense of humor and the ability to deal with new experiences. Patience and the ability to make a lifelong commitment to a child are most important.
If you live in Polk, Hardee, or Highlands Counties and want additional information about how to adopt a child, please contact Ashley Beckwith at: (863) 519-8900 ext. 219. Or visit the Heart Gallery to view children looking for forever families.
Adopt a child in Central Florida
If you are interested in learning more about becoming adoption please attend Adoption Orientation on one of the dates below:
Heartland For Children
1239 E Main St
Bartow FL 33830
March 3, 2011 6-9:00pm
Please contact Gwen Hinkle at 863.519.8900 ext. 289 to pre-register for Orientation and for additional information about Adoption.