Baton Rouge - Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared November 19, 2016 Adoption Awareness Day in Louisiana. 

“I encourage anyone who has a heart for children and the desire to expand their family to consider adoption and make a powerful difference in the life of a child," said Gov. Edwards. “There are hundreds of children in our foster care system waiting to find loving, safe and permanent homes. This year, thanks to more than 500 incredible Louisiana families, more than 700 children in our foster care system, from infants to teens to special needs, were adopted. I’m thankful to all of those families and thrilled for their new sons and daughters. That’s a record number for the state and it gives me hope that there are families for all children.”

There are approximately 107,918 children in foster care throughout the United States.  In order to help these children find permanent, nurturing families, courts across the country will open their doors on National Adoption Day on Saturday, November 19, to finalize and celebrate adoptions of children nationwide.  

“We’re thrilled that 735 children found permanent, loving families over the past year. Imagine how wonderful this holiday season will be for all of these families,” said Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters.

The Department of Children and Family Services participates in year-round recruiting efforts for foster and adoptive parents by holding orientation meetings each month across the state. Click here for additional information about adopting a foster child.

Read the proclamation here.