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Recognizing Foster Families

February 16, 2018  
The Curry family with Tajon at his adoption ceremony.

As the old adage says, “it takes a village to raise a child.” I’m appreciative of Jacksonville heroes who open their homes and their hearts to children in need.
 

Florida Governor Rick Scott proclaimed Feb. 12-18 as Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week, to celebrate those who step forward to support vulnerable youth in our community. I join Gov. Scott in honoring these heroes.
 
As of this month, Florida has over 7,000 children in the foster care system, and over 5,000 foster families in the state. These families provide safe and supportive homes for children who have often been abused or neglected, giving them hope.
 
I’ve had the opportunity to meet a young man who was in the foster system. Tajon is a bright teenager who faced many challenges. He and his younger brother moved in and out of foster care for much of their lives.
 
His path led him to become a player on my youth football team, and then an extended member of my family who shared and added so much to our lives. It’s been amazing to see him grow and mature.
 
Tajon and his brother were adopted in July (see this Dec. 8, 2017, Florida Times-Union article) by a loving family. While he has a forever home, he will always have a place in the Curry family.
 
Foster families played an important part in Tajon’s journey, and they have significant impacts in the lives of children throughout the state. To learn more about Florida’s Foster Care
System and how you can get involved, visit www.MyFLFamilies.com.