is a statewide adoption initiative aimed at promoting the benefits of public adoption. Explore Adoption urges families to consider creating or expanding their families by adopting a child who is older, has special needs, or is a part of a sibling group. Through public education, expanded partnerships and social media, Explore Adoption invites Floridians to learn more about the children immediately available for adoption in their home state and community. The initiative puts a new face on public adoption by telling many stories of families who have enriched their lives by adopting Florida's children. Since the beginning of Governor Scott’s administration, Florida has reduced the number of children available for adoption without an identified family from 850 to 750 on any given day. Florida will never give up on finding an adoptive family for a child.
During February Florida celebrated Black History month by presenting 28 Days of Amazing African-American Children: Explore Adoption! This initiative featured an African American child, teenager or sibling group available for adoption every day in February. These amazing children and teenagers will also be featured here on the Explore Adoption website during the month of March.
Each day in March, a different child, teenager or sibling group that is available for adoption without an identified family will be featured. To see today's children visit the children of the day page.
Begin Your Exploration
Florida's children come into foster care through no fault of their own.
When Florida's children in foster care are available for adoption, the legal rights of their biological parents have been terminated, and the children will never be returned to their birth parents.
Florida contracts with local partners to provide a variety of adoption and post adoption services.
The Sakales Family:
Christen and her husband Michael fulfilled their long-held dream of adoption when they brought four-year old Lamaya into their lives. Christen recalls first seeing her future-daughter’s face in the Heart Gallery. Read more about the Sakales