Last month, Circuit Director Deborah Moore took part in several events for National Adoption Month. One such event was the National Adoption Day Celebration on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Leon County Human Services Center in Tallahassee, Florida, where Moore was featured as a guest speaker (see photograph).
In addition, Moore was also published in the Tallahassee Democrat by way of a letter to the editor. Her letter is reproduced below.
Thank you to the Leon County Human Services Center and Tallahassee Democrat for sharing our program with the community.
Letter: Celebrate National Adoption Month
by Deborah Moore
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
November is National Adoption Month. The celebration is sponsored by the Children's Bureau in collaboration with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway. The Guardian ad Litem Program supports the national effort to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families.
This year, special attention is on helping youth ages 15–18 in need of the emotional support a family connection can provide and the youth deserve. Without the family connection, youth often age out of foster care without anyone to provide guidance and support, leaving them subject to homelessness and poverty.
The Guardian ad Litem Program works with volunteers in the community to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Jefferson, Franklin and Liberty counties.
I am so proud of our part to ensure every child has the best chance of a permanent caring and loving family. This year, as we observe National Adoption Month, I hope readers will join with our program to reflect on our obligation to provide lifelong connections for youth.
For more information on how you can help, visit www.GAL2.org or call 850-606-1213.
Deborah Moore, Circuit Director, Guardian ad Litem Program