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Adoption Month Celebrates Adoption and Foster Families

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Adoption Month Celebrates Adoption and Foster Families

Bubbles the Clown shows Zaylen Plack, 3, his painted puppy face in a mirror at the recent Adoption Celebration at the Louisiana Governorm's Mansion. Zaylen is the second son adopted by Andrew and Carol Plack of Luling.

Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

More Foster/Adoption Parents Needed in Louisiana:

November is Adoption Awareness Month and in Louisiana there are 4,040 children living in foster care including over 600 children that are now available for adoption. An average of 56 children become legally freed for adoption each month in our state.

Successful adoptions are celebrated and special efforts are made to find and recruit new foster and adopting parents every November. Last year, 652 children were adopted and became a part of 468 families in Louisiana. I bet the old and new members of those 468 families will be among the most grateful at Thanksgiving this month.

At the annual Adoption Celebration, Governor Bobby Jindal recently welcomed children that were recently adopted along with their families at the Louisiana Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. Last year, 652 children were adopted and became a part of 468 families in Louisiana.

In addition to entertainment and kid activities, Adoption Advocate Awards were presented at the event. The 2012 honorees are volunteer Pamela Castille who has a Christmas gift project in Lafayette, Adoptive parent Scott Rogers of Baton Rouge, who promotes foster/adoptive needs on his TV show "Around Town", and photographer Susan Stevison of Pineville who donates her professional portraits of children that help with their matching with adopting parents.

If the thought of adopting has ever crossed your mind, find out more about the adoption and fostering in Louisiana at orientation meetings hosted by the state Department of Children and Family Service (DCFS).

The meetings are scheduled monthly at various venues across Louisiana. Check the DCFS website for the current schedule as well plenty of information about fostering and adopting children.

Even if you have no plans to foster or adopt, check out the site's DCFS's profiles of Louisiana children currently available for adoption and hoping for a family of their own. Each individual's personality and interests are described in the profiles, which also include photographs, presumably by this year's Adoption Advocate honoree Susan Stevison. It's important to see the faces of the individual children who are in this situation through no fault of their own. And they were all beautiful faces. It's heartbreaking to think none of them has a the love and security of a family - yet.

Locally, at least two metro New Orleans area Family Courts, both part of the 22nd Judicial District Court in St. Tammany Parish on the North Shore, are holding November Adoption Celebrations in November. Adoption finalizations by participating judges will be followed by a reception for the brand new families on November 14, 2012 in Covington. A similar event is scheduled for the Washington Parish Family Court on Nov. 15, 2012 in Franklinton. If you know of any other Adoption Day or Adoption Month events, please add a comment to this article or send an email with the information.
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