TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is making it easier for Florida’s foster kids to enjoy the great outdoors.
The DEP has partnered up with state child welfare officials to give thousands of foster kids free passes to state parks this year.READ MORE: PlanetWatch: Miami Chosen As 1st Major US Location For New Air Quality Monitoring Network
The agencies donated 15,000 state park passes for foster families to use in Florida’s 171 state parks and trails in 2013.
Officials said learning about nature is a great way to strengthen families.READ MORE: Hollywood Family Lights ‘Greater & Bigger’ Display After Thief Steals Their 6-Foot Metal Menorah
Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins said he wants foster children to have the same experiences as other children including enjoying sports and other outdoor activities.
Last year, DCF created the “Fostering Florida’s Future” initiative aimed at better recruiting foster parents. Part of the initiative provides normal activities to children in care so they can have the same experiences as any child.MORE NEWS: Dale Holness Files Lawsuit Seeking To Overturn Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick's Razor-Thin Win
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