FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 18, 2013
DEP, DCF PARTNER TO GIVE THOUSANDS OF FREE STATE PARK PASSES TO FOSTER PARENTS
~Free passes will help
15,000 foster families enjoy time in Florida’s great outdoors ~
TALLAHASSEE—Thousands of children in foster care and
their foster parents will be able to enjoy free visits to Florida’s beautiful
state parks this year.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection joined with the Florida Department of
Children and Families to celebrate foster parents in 2013 by donating 15,000
state park passes.
“Florida’s 171 state parks and trails are pleased to partner with the
Department of Children and Families and its community-based care agencies to
celebrate and encourage Florida's foster families,” said Donald Forgione,
Director of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park
Service. “Spending time in our beautiful environment and learning about nature
is a great way to strengthen families and nurture our children in care.”
Foster parents change lives of children all over this state every single day.
Currently, there are more than 7,500 children in foster care in Florida. They
are removed from their homes through no fault of their own, but because they
have been abused and neglected and are not able to safely remain with their
Last year, DCF created the “Fostering Florida’s Future” initiative aimed at
better supporting, recruiting and retaining foster parents to help ensure the
success of children in foster care. Part of the initiative is to provide
educational success and normal activities to children in care so they can have
the same experiences as any child.
“We want our children to experience the same opportunities as other children,
including sports and outdoor activities,” said DCF Secretary David Wilkins.
"We are so proud to partner with the Department of Environmental
Protection, which recognized the importance of celebrating these families who
open up their hearts and homes to our children.”
For more information on “Fostering Florida’s Future,” please go to www.fosteringflorida.com. For
information on Florida’s state parks, go to www.floridastateparks.org.