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"Duck Dynasty" star promotes adoption

Fans of the popular reality show "Duck Dynasty" might not know that Willie and Korie Robertson advocate for adoption, especially in their home state of Louisiana. With five children, two of them adopted, the couple places a strong emphasis on faith and family. On Aug. 9, they met with a group of lawmakers, clergy and members of the Louisiana Family Forum in a coalition to focus on 4,500 children in the state who are in need of adoption.

While children in the foster care system often are later adopted, some foster parents fear that they will lose the child if the biological parents decide to reclaim their rights. The state generally seeks to reunite children with parents while the child lives in foster care. The process of terminating parental rights can take time and opens the door for adoption.

Robertson says he is encouraging people to open their minds to adoption and not be trapped by fear. They knew that bringing a boy and girl into their home was the right decision for their family. He wanted the rewarding feeling of helping a child and didn't want to let fear stop him. He knows he has impacted at least one child's life for the better and helped them grow into a productive adult.

One senator, with two adopted children of his own, backed the Faith in Families Act. The legislation provides incentives to adopt special-needs children and reduces the waiting period for finalizing adoptions. He explained that every child deserves to know they belong to a family. The Louisiana Family Forum president said that adoption is expensive and a big investment, but the reward is large.

Foster care and adoption can be an emotional issue for many families. A family lawyer might be able to help clients work through some of the complicated legal issues that surround adoption.

Source: News Star, "Duck Commander CEO, wife and State Sen. Walsworth tout adoption", Scott Rogers, August 09, 2013

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