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Foster Florida encourages residents to learn ways on helping foster children

Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 17:43:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There are more than 20,000 foster children across the Sunshine State, according to Foster Florida.

That's why Tuesday, the non-profit is welcoming anyone to come out and learn ways you can get involved with helping these children.

Even if you can't open your home, you can volunteer by fundraising or donating to Foster Florida, helping provide meals, diapers, and clothes to these children.

You can also be a volunteer that helps foster parents with childcare if they're leaving town or if they just need a sitter for the day.

"I am a foster mom of two amazing kiddos, an 8-year-old and a 5-year-old. We actually just opened our home to fostering again and withing 24 hours of our home being approved, we got a call for a placement," said Lauren Jacobs, Tallahassee Chapter Advocate for Foster Florida. " And I know in our area the need is so big."

Foster mom, Lauren Jacobs, says 80 percent of people who start fostering quit within the first year.

That's why the non-profit aims to sustain families by getting everyone who can help involved.