All children need a safe, stable, secure environment to grow and learn. In Northwest Florida, nearly 600 children in foster care need such a place to feel cared for and protected. They are victims of abuse, abandonment or neglect. The children have been removed from their homes to help ensure their safety. The children range in age from newborns to 17 years old, either gender, and all races. Foster parenting is both challenging and rewarding. Foster parents are asked to open their hearts and homes to children from the community and enable them to become family members. Then at the right time, foster parents help the children transition back into their own homes or into an adoptive home. The impact that foster parents have on children can make the difference in the success of that child's life. If you need information on becoming a foster parent please call 850-453-7777.
The Santa Rosa County Kinship Care Foster Adoptive Parent Association Support Group was formed initially in 2007 as Foster and Adoptive Parent Association for support in Santa Rosa County. We changed our name because our duties to parents changed to include kinship care, such as grandparents, aunts’ uncles’ cousins and other family members that raise our children. We are a 501c3 Exempt organization and incorporated in the State of Florida. We are here to support families with children under the age of 17 that are in the Child Welfare System or are being raised by a family member. Often when children are removed from a home, they only have the clothes they have on. When a foster family gets the child or children, we can provide support in clothing, help with doctor appointments, information for school age children and become mentors for the family as they begin this journey of 6 months to 2 or more years in care.