BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) celebrates National Adoption Month with 700 children and youth who were adopted from foster care during the pandemic over the past year.

The state’s annual adoption celebration was held at the governor’s mansion on Thursday afternoon.

“We are thrilled to welcome Louisiana’s adoptive families back to the Mansion this year,” said First Lady Donna Edwards. “We’re excited to celebrate with them and grateful that so many children are now in loving, supportive and permanent homes. Giving a child a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow is one of the most important things they need to be successful in life. I’m very proud of the work by DCFS Secretary Marketa Walters and her team and all of the great partners who have helped bring these families together.”

Among the 700 adoptions from foster care, three were young adults, ages 18-21, and 55 adoptions were youth ages 13-17. The total number of siblings who were adopted together was 269.