|Published:||Sep 29, 2010 3:32 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 29, 2010 12:32 PM EDT|
MIAMI - Florida's child welfare agency is making a push to increase adoptions for an often forgotten demographic - disabled foster children.
The Department of Children and Families is working with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in a new initiative to be announced Wednesday. Child advocates have long complained that caseworkers do little to find permanent homes for children with disabilities, leaving many of them in institutions or group homes.
Recruiting adoptive parents for that population is difficult because children require more care and money to pay more medical costs. Experts say children with developmental disabilities are at far greater risk for sexual and physical abuse.