LAFAYETTE – “Many people don’t have a family. And it’s good to give them a home and to secure and care for them,” says 10 year old Brianna who is one of almost 30 children up for adoption in the Lafayette region.
Today these kids got the opportunity to have a day of fun while also getting the chance to meet potential parents.
“We’re trying to introduce the parents that have been certified to interact with the kids in a fun environment with no stress, relaxed, and hopefully that they’ll in some kind of way, they’ll meld and they’ll find somebody that they bond with,” explains Tina Jumonville with Foster Friends.
Families that went through the certification process came from all over searching for the perfect little addition to their families.
“We’ve always wanted a big family,” says Chalise Horton of Jacksonville, “We want a lot of kids and we just knew that changing the life of children is something…Who wouldn’t, you know?
“We both come from families that experienced an adoption and stuff like that,” adds her husband Dearra, “So we grew up in a house where we’re fairly familiar with the process. And so growing up in that household it kinda got us prepared for what we want to do now.”
The foster system can be rough on some kids.
Having a recruitment event in a fun environment makes the whole process easier for both the kids and hopeful parents.
Says Rebekah Bradshaw, who with her husband Will drove down from New Orleans, “I’m looking around here and they’re all sweaty and dirty and eating junk food and having the best times of their lives. So that’s pretty much what any kid that I’ve ever come in contact with does, or wants to do.”
While adoption is serious, today was all about fun.