First Ever Mass Adoption In Lafayette For Adoption Awareness Month

Joanna Cattanach on her adoption day

Every year National Adoption Day is celebrated to raise awareness about the need for more permanent and temporary homes.

Mengarelli and Judge David W. Dugan, adoption attorneys and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services staff will come together to make the day memorable for these new families. "We have three other boys, and to see them slow down and use compassion and consideration of others that have different needs than them has been really impacted my heart".

The opioid epidemic sweeping the nation - and hitting the Tri-State especially hard - is exacerbating the issue, leaving more kids without parents.

All of these families have adopted out of the foster care system.

Except to say I'm honored. You can read their biographies here.

To find out more about foster care or adoption through Clermont County Children's Protective Services, please call 513.732.7765, or visit its website information on the foster-to-adopt process and a list of children now waiting for a forever family.

November is National Adoption Month, and at 4 p.m. on Friday, representatives and supporters of the Indiana Adoption Program will celebrate with a proclamation from Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. "You are the reason we are all here", she said.

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Early on, I had the opportunity to meet with a well-respected executive director of a very successful foster and adoption agency that proudly touted the fact that the LGBT community made up the largest percentage of their adoptive family client base.

While she admits the four year process hasn't been easy, she's had help from another former foster care child turned social worker.

The adoption of 40 infants, children and teens were finalized at Miami Children's Museum as part of the celebration.

Parents today say the reward of seeing a child's face light up far outweighs any risk. Trainings for foster parents are offered at the county level. "She's bonded with us and it feels like this is our family", Calvin said.

But on Friday, a meal at the Methuen restaurant took on a special meaning for the now blended and bigger Lawrence family. We love them as if they were our own because they are our own. The Indiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Resource and Advocacy Group Inc. was born out of a desire to create a place where Indiana's foster and adoptive parents could network and get support.

You can find out more information here.

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