Partnerships Lead to Great Homes for Children: 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.