It won’t be long before we’ll gather together with our families to count our blessings on Thanksgiving. In our own community, there are thousands of children in foster care who dream of the day they will participate in such a cherished tradition, able to give thanks for being part of a family.
As judge, I witness first-hand the needs and hopes of our children in foster care. These children may spend years waiting in foster care for parents who will give them a stable, loving life. That’s why nothing gives me greater pleasure than presiding over an adoption uniting a foster child with their “forever family.”
Each November, there is a special emphasis across our country on raising awareness of the more than 10,000 children who need permanent, loving families. National Adoption Month places special emphasis on the needs of foster children, who are in our foster care system through no fault of their own.
They are there because of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
You can help make the dream of a family a reality for every child. The joys and benefits of adoption are shared equally by the parents who open their hearts and homes and by the children who may now love without fear.
If you are interested in learning more about this adoption possibility, I urge you to take the first step. You can start by reading this informative guide from Louisiana’s Department of Social Services