Legislature plans cuts to children's services05/01/08 Robert Lorei
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According to the Florida Coalition for Children, a Tallahassee-based advocacy group, the state Legislature will cut services to children by $18.9-million below last year's levels, and will slash $30.3-million more that's needed to pay for a growing number of adoptions and youths too old to stay in foster care.
Last year in Florida more than 3,000 foster children were adopted, up from 1,500 in just the past three years. The new budget would cut subsidies to adoptive parents by $3.8-million.
To talk about the state Legislatureâ€™s actions toward children, weâ€™re joined by Sarah Johnston, director of development at the Childrenâ€™s Home Society of Florida and Robin Rosenberg, deputy director of Florida's Children First. (Rosenberg also happens to be married to Barry Shalinsky, a member of WMNFâ€™s Board of directors.)
For more information:
Children's Home Society (813) 740-4226