This month many of us will gather with our families to give thanks for our loved ones and the good things in our lives. But  hundreds of foster children here in our state and our communities cannot share fully in that celebration — they have no permanent homes to be thankful for. 

In Washington, more than 9,200 children are in foster care, and here in Lewis County, nearly 761 have permanently lost their parents and are waiting for families to adopt them. They are waiting to belong somewhere. 

Child welfare workers and the courts in Lewis County would like the community to know more about these children, our children, and about foster adoption and how it works. We will be having a small celebration of National Adoption Day at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Celebrations like this are happening around our state and the U.S. It is a growing effort to find homes for foster children and a lot of people simply do not know how many children are waiting for their forever homes. 

I want to invite anyone interested in adoption or learning more about it to please join us and help us make this a wonderful community celebration. 


James Lawler

Lewis County Superior Court Judge

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