Louisiana stands out during National Adoption Month

November 2, 2016

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - One-hundred and three children: That's how many in the Lake Charles region now have forever families because of adoption - this year alone. As part of National Adoption Month, we are taking a deeper look into the cause of connecting children with loving homes. State Senator Ronnie Johns of Sulphur said the state of Louisiana has a reason to celebrate its adoption efforts. "We lead the nation in foster care adoptions," he said. "We've actually led the nation the last four years." Seven-hundred and thirty-five children were adopted from foster care from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 - 103 of these children are from the Lake Charles area. It is an issue very close to Johns' heart. He and his wife, Michelle, adopted their daughter, Claire, 27 years ago. "There's unconditional love there," he said. "That child is your child. You nurture that child, you bond with that child. ou regard that child as your own." Johns has repeatedly fought for and passed legislation to help adoptive families, after seeing first-hand some of the cracks in the system. "To make it...

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