BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's National Adoption Awareness Month, a time to encourage eligible families across the country to open their homes to children in need of loving families.
The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services reports nearly 200 children aged out of the system before being reunited with their family or being adopted. They're hoping to change that this year.
DCFS reports for the fourth consecutive year, Louisiana has seen an increase in the number of adoptions. However, DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said there are still hundreds of children waiting to be fostered and/or adopted by loving families.
Just last year, more than 500 Louisiana families opened their homes and adopted more than 700 children who were in state custody.
Sonnier said DCFS launched the Faith and Family Initiative earlier this year. It is aimed at reducing the number of children in foster care, decreasing the time kids spend in the system and help to make sure each child has a permanent home when they leave the system.
Sonnier added several of the kids in their care have told her they just want someone to have their back. She hopes this month will help those kids find that permanent support before they age out of the system.