Florida program puts homes within reach for children with autism and other disabilities

Ten-year-old Brandon freely calls the man he has lived with for three months Dad. It’s a potent word for a child in foster care.

His birth family’s history with the system stretches back to when he was a toddler; the fourth-grader came into care most recently in 2008. He has moved six times since.

“If I have to leave, I be sad,” said Brandon, a polite, lanky boy with glasses. “Then, they don’t like me anymore. My mom and dad now, they like me.”

A new agreement between state agencies seeks to make it more likely for children such as Brandon, many of whom had been seen as unadoptable, to join a family for good.

The Department of Children and Families, and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities are linking foster children with developmental disabilities such as autism or cognitive impairment to a Medicaid waiver.

Many had been waiting for the program for years.

via Florida program puts homes within reach for disabled youngsters | news-press.com | The News-Press.

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