To see children currently available for adoption through Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, please visit our Children Available page.
Children’s Network of Southwest Florida provides adoption services for children with special needs who were removed from their birth families due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect. They have entered the child welfare system through no fault of their own. Their parent(s) rights have been legally terminated, making them free for adoption. They are in the care and custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families in foster homes, group homes, or residential facilities.
For adoption purposes, a “special needs child” is defined as follows: A child whose permanent custody has been awarded to the Department of Children and Families or a licensed child placing agency, and who has established significant emotional ties with his foster parents or is not likely to be adopted because he or she is:
- Eight years of age or older;
- Developmentally disabled;
- Physically or emotionally handicapped;
- Of Black or racially mixed parentage; and
- A member of a sibling group of any age, provided two or more members of the group remain together for purposes of adoption.
You can make an incredible difference in the life of a child or group of siblings by becoming an adoptive parent.