Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOSTER CARE; Doing It Right

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

FOSTER CARE; Doing It Right

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It's a tough life for children in foster care.

First, they endure something traumatic. Then, they're whisked off to live with families that, while presumably meaning well, nevertheless are strangers.

But it could be worse.

At least the state, from all appearances, is making a good effort to take care of their immediate needs and prepare them for the future.

For example, the Florida Department of Children and Families distributes literature to foster children, explaining their rights.

Among other things, they have a right to meet with a case worker at least monthly, privately if they want.

They can expect to be with their siblings or see them weekly.

They also get to see their parents regularly, receive an allowance and take part in various school activities.

The aim seems to be a life as normal as possible.

But that isn't all.

The DCF also has access to "think tanks" of current and former foster kids. One of those groups met here recently with DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth. …

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