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2004 Press Releases

CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
(504) 310-2588

  NOVEMBER 20, 2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Madeleine Landrieu, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court Judges Ernestine Gray and Lawrence Lagarde, Jr., representatives of the Louisiana Court Improvement Program, and area Office of Community Services (OCS) case workers joined to celebrate National Adoption Day today at the Louisiana Children's Museum in a ceremony which formally finalized the adoptions of five local children in foster care.

According to Judge Gray, "In the United States there are 126,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted by permanent, loving families. Orleans Parish alone accounts for 100 of these children. This is a day to raise the public's awareness of the ever-growing need for adoptive homes for these waiting children. It brings us great pleasure today to see the Wright, Evans, Mukhtar and Armstrong families reduce these numbers by five."

Judge Landrieu welcomed a crowd of more than 85 families whose lives have been touched by the adoption of a foster child. Judges Gray and Judge Lagarde presided over the adoption proceedings which included the children, their new families and their individual OCS case worker(s).

Sally Richardson, Legislative Correspondent, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu's Office, spoke on behalf of Senator Landrieu who is herself the mother of an adopted son and daughter.

The celebration reception followed with children and their families participating in a number of activities and art projects designed to underscore the joy of family and the ongoing need for more foster care and adoptive parents.

For information on the steps to take to become a foster care or adoptive parent contact the Office of Community Services at 1-888-617-3298.

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