Support group "Foster Florida" looks to help foster families succeed

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GAINESVILLE, Fla (WCJB) -- With roughly half of all foster families dropping out in their first year, advocates are trying new ways to help them.

A support group called "Foster Florida," which was established by two foster families in Gainesville in 2015, held an informational meeting in Northwest Gainesville Monday.

The group supports foster families by connecting them with a base of people who want to help.

They also help with meals, childcare, and supplies.

Lacy Basford, the outreach director of Foster Florida says the three main requirements to become a foster family are to pass a background check, a home study, and simply be willing to help children in need.