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For information about how to adopt - call 954-414-6001 in Broward County and 561.352.2501 in Palm Beach County, or click here.

Brianna enjoys activities like bowling, flag football and going to the mall. She bonds well with and is empathetic towards others. Brianna generally achieves good grades in school and works hard to do well. Brianna wants a forever family that will help her maintain contact with her birth family.

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Hurricane Irma - 2017
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DCF Information on Disaster SNAP (Food for Florida) as of September 14, 2017

DCF is working with federal officials as emergency assessments are completed for Disaster SNAP (also known as Food for Florida). DCF proactively submitted an initial request to the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to activate Disaster SNAP in counties approved for FEMA for Individual Assistance. While Disaster SNAP is not currently active in Florida, DCF is communicating with the federal government to activate this program in eligible counties as soon as possible.

Disaster SNAP is activated after a declared emergency and approved by FNS. Activation requests are filed by the state and are based on the percentage of power outages in a county over 72 hours, also including structural damage flooding damage, and retailer capability.

The ACCESS Florida webpage will be updated as soon as more information becomes available. For general information about Food for Florida operations, visit www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/.

The most up-to-date and accurate information on SNAP benefits and changes will be posted on the ACCESS Florida webpage. There is misinformation currently circulating on social media that indicates that Disaster SNAP is available to any individual who lost power for more than two hours – this is FALSE. Additional scams and rumors may arise. Check the ACCESS Florida webpage for accurate information.

Additional DCF Actions Regarding SNAP Benefits for Current Recipients

• DCF sent a mass replacement request to FNS to provide a portion of SNAP benefit replacements to customers who lost food as a result of Hurricane Irma. Customers may submit forms for individual replacement of benefits and the requests will be reviewed as soon as possible.

• DCF requested and was granted a waiver for current SNAP customers to have the option to purchase hot foods with their EBT card at participating Florida retailers through September 30. Customers should inquire first with the store to see if they are equipped to process hot food purchases.

• DCF is awaiting formal approval from FNS to help customers who need to recertify/renew benefits in September receive an extension into October. More information will be provided on the ACCESS Florida webpage when available.

• September SNAP benefits were released early to customers (who had not already received for September) statewide on September 7 to assist customers with preparation for Hurricane Irma's landfall.


Disaster Assistance

• Residents who sustained losses in the nine declared counties can apply for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Residents who suffered damages from the storm may register now, and if their county is later included in the declaration, the application will be processed automatically.

• Governor Scott will continue to work with President Trump and FEMA to approve more funding to additional communities affected by the storm.

• Residents are also encouraged to download the FEMA App to begin the registration process. Simply click on Disaster Resources.

• If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY); if you use 711 Relay or Video Relay Service call 1-800-621-3362.

• The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

• Visit http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp for more information.


Helping Children Cope With Hurricane Irma

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, if you, or someone you know, would like to connect to a licensed professional, please call the Sunshine Health Crisis Line at 1-877-941-8079. The line is staffed by healthcare professionals who can offer one-on-one counseling as well as referrals to additional local resources.

Resources in Response to Hurricanes

Here are some National Child Traumatic Stress Network resources to assist you in responding to a hurricane:

·Help Kids Cope is a mobile app to assist families in coping with hurricanes and flooding.

·Simple Activities for Children Without Power or When Playing Outside is Restricted(English)

·Parent Guidelines for Helping Children after Hurricanes(English) or
Guia para los padres para ayudar a los niños despues de un hurricane(Spanish)

·After the Hurricane: Helping Young Children Heal(English)

·Helping Young Children and Families Cope with Trauma(English) or  
Ayudando a Niños(as) y Familias a Enfrentarse con el Trauma (Spanish)


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