Report: Immigrant Children To Be Placed In Florida Foster Homes

BREVARD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Immigrant children from Central America will reportedly be placed in foster homes in Florida next month.

Florida Today reports that the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Brevard division will place 12 children into foster homes, while another 45 will be going to the Fort Lauderdale area.

“We’re going to start with about 12 children. Our goal is to keep them safe and to get them together with an appropriate family,” Teresa Miles, executive director of the Brevard division, told Florida Today.

The foster homes will house the children for up to 45 days beginning in mid-August. Families taking care of the immigrant children will receive a stipend of $20 a day.

Federal officials contacted the nonprofit group nearly two months ago about providing housing for the immigrant children.

“At the end of the day, it will be a good thing for someone in our community to touch these children’s lives,” Jesse Zermeno, founder of Operation Hope of Brevard, told Florida Today.

Zermeno continued: “These children, for sure, need to be with their parents. But now their future is unknown. Even with that, you just can’t put children in the street or expose them to danger again. We have to open our hearts and take care of the children and the system.”

Unaccompanied children from Central America have been arriving at the border by the thousands, with 90,000 expected by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30. They flee violence, but also are drawn by rumors that once here, they can stay.

President Barack Obama has requested $3.7 billion in emergency spending request to help address the situation at the border. Republicans have been pushing to significantly pare down that request.

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