NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Adopting a child with special needs in Florida is about to pay off. Lawmakers are proposing new adoption funding. Parents who work for the state will receive $10,000 to help with adoption costs, if the child they adopt has any disabilities. When adopting a child without disabilities, they will receive $5,000.

With 900 children waiting to be adopted in Florida — and with that number growing — lawmakers need to move quickly to get these children into forever, loving homes. With this growing number of children being removed from unstable, abusive, and neglectful homes, the sooner they get into their forever homes, the better. The trauma they’ve lived through is painful and hard to heal as they are bounced from foster home to foster home.