Every year, for National Adoption Month, WWL-TV looks back on how the children featured in our adoption series, A Home of My Own, have made out. Tyra Mercadel, Child Welfare Supervisor for the Department of Family and Children's Services, joins the Eyewitness Morning News with that information.
Also joining the Eyewitness Morning News is the Hrabovsky Family, Brian and Teri, their daughters, Annie, Jacie, Kylie and Aubrie, and their son Isaac. The Hrabovsky's adopted Isaac and Aubrie.
A Home of My Own National Adoption Month, Program Update
Of the 26 child/sibling groups featured since 2012:
- 2 finalized adoptions
- 5 adoptions in progress
- 3 permanent connections
- 3 with one or more inquiries pending
- 3 older children/unavailable for adoption
- 11 still available
In Louisiana, from 2007 - 2013:
- 6 families each adopted 5 children
- 6 families each adopted 4 children
- 43 families adopted sibling groups of 3
To adopt any of the children on a Home of My Own, you must be between the ages of 21 and 65. You can be single, married, divorced or widowed, but you must attend seven training sessions and pass a criminal records check. In addition, your home must have certain standards, if you rent or own a home or apartment, the children must have separate beds.
For more information call (504) 736-7171 or toll free 1-888-733-7171.