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Child Advocates and Its Partners Celebrate National Adoption Day

Fort Bend County 328th and 387th and 505th District Courts Finalize 13 Adoptions

The Honorable Judge Walter Armatys and The Honorable Judge Janet B. Heppard and The Honorable Judge Kali Morgan finalized 13 adoptions on Friday in celebration of National Adoption Day. An Additional 17 children were adopted out of the foster care system earlier this year. The Fort Bend County 328th, 387th, and 505th District Courts joined courts across the country in opening their doors on National Adoption Day to complete adoptions and celebrate all families who adopt.


“We had a great turnout and today’s hybrid National Adoption Day was a wonderful celebration for the children and their families” said Ruthanne Mefford, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO. It is always great to see the attorneys, CPS, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and judges all work together to finalize the adoptions and ultimately give these children safe, permanent and loving homes. It is wonderful to see them all settled in loving homes.”


Here in Fort Bend County, the District Courts, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) and its partner agencies: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Fort Bend County Child Welfare Board, Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office, Fort Bend Behavioral Health Services, the Fort Bend

Court Team for Maltreated Infants and Toddlers, H.E.B., Bikers Against Child Abuse and the

Rosenberg Exchange Club worked together to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent homes through adoption.


Families were given the option to consummate their adoptions in person or virtually. The Fort Bend National Adoption Day team planned a hybrid event to accommodate families at all comfort levels. Last year’s drive thru celebration at Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Davis George Campus was such a hit that the team decided to do it again. This year, families could drive through or park and participate in an outdoor celebration, depending on their comfort level. Cultivating Families, Arms Wide Open Adoptions, Biker’s Against Child Abuse, Sanctuary Foster Care, Southern Ice Cream, ArtREACH, Aguirre Fields Engineering Innovators, Fort Bend Junior Services League, Rosenberg Exchange Club and Child Advocates of Fort Bend Volunteers all participated in the celebration at Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Davis George.


About Child Advocates of Fort Bend:

Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by Strengthening the Voice of the Child, Healing the Hurt, and Breaking the Cycle of abuse and neglect for children and their families in Fort Bend and surrounding counties. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 19,000 children since opening its doors in 1991. CAFB is one of only a few programs in the country that is able to provide a volunteer advocate for every child in foster care.


The agency’s 30th Annual Christmas Home Tour which supports its programs for children is set for December 10 + 11, 2021. Sponsorships of $100 - $10,000 are now available. For more information about the Tour or to sponsor go to https://www.cafb.org/events/home-tour-2/ or contact Tarina Sheridan at tsheridan@cafb.org


About National Adoption Day

National Adoption Day is sponsored by a coalition of national partners – The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Casey Family Services, Children’s Action Network, The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Freddie Mac Foundation and Target Corporation – to draw special attention to the more than 125,000 foster children waiting for adoption in the United States and to celebrate all loving families who adopt.

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