BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - More foster children have found permanent homes in Louisiana this year than ever before, according to the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
The department marked National Adoption Month with a celebration on November 4, honoring 532 families who adopted 735 Louisiana foster children between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.
Of this record breaking number, 109 families adopted two children, 19 families adopted three children, and nine families adopted four children.
"This month is a time to celebrate those who expanded their family by one, two, or even four children through adoption. More than 700 foster children have found a permanent, loving home and I couldn't be more thankful to these families," said Marketa Garner Walters, DCFS secretary.
"Today is truly a day of celebration as we recognize the record number of adoptions that have taken place within the last year. It is proof that there is an adoptive family for all children - from infants to teens to children with special needs. It is life changing when a child finds a loving family who will provide a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow and thrive. I want to thank all of the adoptive families for having a heart for children and encourage others to learn more about how they too can make a difference in the lives of our children," said First Lady Donna Edwards, who attended the event.
Balloon artists, face painters, and children's activities entertained families at the event. On any given day, DCFS is seeking adoptive homes for more than 200 children throughout Louisiana.
For more information about adopting a child, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/adopt.