by Debbie Monterrey

November in St. Louis is Adoption Month, as decreed by Mayor Slay. Nationally, November is Adoption Awareness Month.

I had the honor and privilege of helping the City of St. Louis kick-off November festivities at Family Court today (10/23) at the Juvenile Division on Vandeventer. (more below)
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I am the proud mother of two amazing children who are adopted. The two other speakers, the Honorable David C. Mason and the Honorable Robin R. Vannoy, both of the St. Louis Circuit Court, are also adoptive parents.

Right now, there are more than 100 children in foster care in St. Louis City who are hoping to be adopted by their forever families. Statewide, that number is more than 104,000. Last year in the City, only 60 kids were adopted out of foster care. Can’t we do better?

Judge David Mason talking about being an adoptive parent.

Judge David Mason talking about being an adoptive parent.

Foster care adoption can cost little or nothing. Single parents can do it. Retirees can do it. What the kids need is stability and love.

Those of us who are adoptive parents can attest to the transformative power of love. We can tell you how amazing it is to bring a child into your home and find yourself forgetting that they aren’t biologically yours. You soon realize, that really doesn’t matter!

Special thanks to the students at Cardinal-Ritter College Prep for providing the music; the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and The Adoption Exchange for providing the snacks and balloons. And thanks to all the the St. Louis City Court workers who put this event together out of their love for kids and their desire to help find them homes.

Every child deserves to live in a safe, loving and permanent family.

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