Monday, November 18, 2013
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH– Parish President Natalie Robottom proclaimed November as National Adoption Month in an effort to raise awareness of the need for loving families and permanent homes for children in Louisiana. During the month of November, adoption is emphasized as a positive way to build families with the focus being given to the 3,959 children and youth in the Louisiana Foster Care System.
St. John the Baptist Parish recognizes the importance of giving children permanent, safe and loving families through the adoption process. The Louisiana Department of Children andServices (DCFS) will host events across the state during November to celebrate adoptive families and honor the 506 families who adopted 733 children from Louisiana’s foster care system in the past year. As of November 1, 518 of the 3,959 children are now legally freed for adoption.
“Adoption Awareness Month gives the community an opportunity to celebrate adoptive families while also promoting adoption and encouraging residents to become a foster or adoptive parent if they so have the means to do so,” said Parish President Robottom.
For more information on the adoption process, please contact the Office of Children and Family Services or visit http://www.dss.louisiana.gov/. DCFS also hosts monthly meetings at various venues across Louisiana with information about fostering and adopting children. The schedule can be found on their website.