Record-High Adoptions Could Be Higher
For the second straight year, Florida has set a record for the number of foster kids being adopted.
Last year, the state found homes for 3,775 foster kids. Civil rights advocates have said allowing gay and lesbian couples to adopt would help the state shatter the current adoption record, according to the Capitol News Service.
On Aug. 25, the Third District Court of Appeals will hear the state’s challenge.
Fundra Hart is a mother of two: 13-year-old Torii is her biological daughter, and two years ago, she adopted William.
“It’s been really good," Hart said. "He just blended right in.”
Hart is just one of thousands of parents helping to ease the pain on the state’s troubled foster care system.
About 10,000 foster kids have been adopted since 2006. This year, the state set a record, finding homes for 3,775 kids, according to the news service.
Civil rights advocates say the bar could be much higher. In Florida, gay couples can be foster parents, but they can’t adopt.
Despite the ban last year, a Florida judge ruled in favor of a gay man who went to court to adopt his two foster children. The decision is being appealed by the state.
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