Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill today to promote adoption and provide support for foster care parents and children. The legislation is a significant boost to abortion alternatives and helps with the kinds of financial issues that adopted plague adoption.
The measure DeSantis signed provides financial benefits for foster parents, caregivers and former foster children seeking higher education within the state.
The legislation has a $25 million allocation, will provide a $200 monthly subsidy to foster parents and other caregivers of preschool children to help cover child care and early learning costs. The other $19 million will go toward increasing stipends for relatives and nonrelatives who house and raise children to the same level as those given to licensed foster parents.
“You can have lip service and talk about adoption and foster care, but are you going to actually put the money where your mouth is (and) deliver policy that is going to show that commitment is real? The signing of this bill … should leave no doubt in the minds of anybody in the state of Florida that this state stands committed to the proposition that every life counts,” DeSantis said.
The pro-life governor added: “All these kids deserve an opportunity, and we’re going to do what we can to make sure their dreams and hopes and aspirations can become a reality in a loving home.”
DeSantis signed the measure at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in front of families and supporters of the bill.
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“Through this funding, more than 7,000 foster parents and caregivers will receive this subsidy for the children that are in their care. And that’s going to make a big difference. Quite frankly, just from a feasibility perspective, foster parents have to work to put food on the table like anyone else. This will help them in that regard,” the governor said.
Promoting adoption and foster care so all Floridians have a fair chance in life is a top priority in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/nkM67v6tPc
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 12, 2022