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A record 735 children were adopted out of foster care over the past year

A record 735 children were adopted out of foster care over the past year

BATON ROUGE -The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and community partners are hosting events throughout Louisiana in November to raise awareness of adoption and to celebrate the record number of foster children who found permanent homes through adoption over the past year.

Governor John Bel Edwards declared November Adoption Awareness Month, noting 735 children in Louisiana's foster care system found loving, permanent homes with adoptive families since October 1, 2015.

DCFS will dedicate the month of November to honoring those who have made a difference in a child's life through adoption.

"This year 532 families made a child a permanent part of their family. There is no greater love than that of a parent for a child. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts," said DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters.

DCFS regional staffs are partnering with community organizations and local officials to raise awareness, in an effort to provide homes for about 200 children who remain in need of families and a permanent, loving home.