- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - A band formed by foster and adopted youth from around the state performed in Miami to help recruit foster parents.

The NexGen band was formed more than two years ago from a network of teens in foster care and their families through the Florida Foster and Adopted Parent Association. The band has even performed at the Capitol on Children’s Day 2014.

Two of the singers are from the Motivational Edge, a nonprofit that uses the arts as a platform to inspire youth toward academic achievement and building essential life skills.

The groups performed Saturday at a Miami recruitment event. The state has beefed up recruitment efforts with 1,384 new foster homes at the end of fiscal year 2014-2015.

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