David Wilkins, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families speaking about several changes being made to the foster care system
Tampa, Florida -- The push is on to find 1,200 new foster parents. It's part of a new foster care initiative that aims to focus on parenting and simplifying the rules.
Fostering Florida's Future will also ensure children get the same access that kids outside of the foster system have, like access to the internet, being able to drive, and to take part in afterschool activities.
"We need to demand more from foster parents to ensure children aren't just getting room and board, but they're involved in extracurricular activities; they're involved in all the socialization activities," Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said.
The new initiative focuses on five key points:
• Awareness Campaign- Fostering changes lives and helps children become successful adults
• A Family for Every Child- Recruitment and retention of foster parents
• Quality Parenting Initiative - Training and support for foster parents
• Letting Kids in Foster Care be Kids- Extracurricular activities, social media, time with friends
• Promising Futures - Attending school, graduating and pursuing further education
To learn more about fostering, click here.