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  • Two brothers ask for a family this Christmas

    Two brothers ask for a family this Christmas

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 10:14 AM EST2017-12-13 15:14:38 GMT
    Trevon and Dionta have spent years in foster care and are asking to be adopted into a forever family this Christmas. (Source: KPLC)Trevon and Dionta have spent years in foster care and are asking to be adopted into a forever family this Christmas. (Source: KPLC)

    While the hottest toys top the Christmas wish lists of most kids this time of year, two young brothers are hoping for something much different. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the boys are asking for a forever family.

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    While the hottest toys top the Christmas wish lists of most kids this time of year, two young brothers are hoping for something much different. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports the boys are asking for a forever family.

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  • 14-year-old Miah longs for forever family

    14-year-old Miah longs for forever family

    Wednesday, October 4 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-10-04 16:32:37 GMT
    14-year-old Miah is in foster care, but hoping to be adopted into a forever family soon. (Source: KPLC)14-year-old Miah is in foster care, but hoping to be adopted into a forever family soon. (Source: KPLC)

    A new family, a new school, and a new city hours away from the place she calls home have been hard on 14-year-old Miah. KPLC's Britney Glaser shares that Miah is hoping to be adopted into a forever family.

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    A new family, a new school, and a new city hours away from the place she calls home have been hard on 14-year-old Miah. KPLC's Britney Glaser shares that Miah is hoping to be adopted into a forever family.

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  • Bring Braylon back home through adoption

    Bring Braylon back home through adoption

    Wednesday, August 2 2017 8:24 AM EDT2017-08-02 12:24:59 GMT
    Braylon is a 10-year-old boy who has spent many, many months in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a permanent family. (Source: KPLC)Braylon is a 10-year-old boy who has spent many, many months in foster care, waiting to be adopted into a permanent family. (Source: KPLC)

    Far from home and without a permanent family: 10-year-old Braylon is in foster care hours away from Lake Charles because of a shortage of foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser met up with Braylon for this month's The New Family Tree. 

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    Far from home and without a permanent family: 10-year-old Braylon is in foster care hours away from Lake Charles because of a shortage of foster homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser met up with Braylon for this month's The New Family Tree. 

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  • Four-year-old Darrell needs a special home to thrive

    Four-year-old Darrell needs a special home to thrive

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 7:47 AM EDT2014-07-02 11:47:18 GMT
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    A four-year-old in state care needs a home that can provide him with the love and attention to let him thrive and reach goals that have previously been out of reach.  This month's branch of The New Family Tree features Darrell's story.More >>
    A four-year-old in state care needs a home that can provide him with the love and attention to let him thrive and reach goals that have previously been out of reach.  This month's branch of The New Family Tree features Darrell's story.More >>
  • Dry Creek couple shares adoption story and surprise that followed

    Dry Creek couple shares adoption story and surprise that followed

    A terrible car accident in high school resulted in doctors telling Marcie Dobbs of Dry Creek that she would not be able to conceive or carry a child. That news never deterred her and husband, Chris, inMore >>
    A terrible car accident in high school resulted in doctors telling Marcie Dobbs of Dry Creek that she would not be able to conceive or carry a child. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports that news never deterred her and husband, Chris, in their quest to become parents.More >>
  • Clock is ticking for 13-year-old girl wanting to be adopted

    Clock is ticking for 13-year-old girl wanting to be adopted

    The clock is ticking for a 13-year-old girl in foster care.  Danielle has waited for several years to be adopted and is well aware that if that does not happen in the next couple of years she will "ageMore >>
    13-year-old Danielle has waited for several years to be adopted and is well aware that if that does not happen soon, she is at risk of aging out of the system without a family.  KPLC's Britney Glaser has her story in The New Family Tree. More >>
  • Fostering the most fragile children and teens

    Fostering the most fragile children and teens

    A program called Louisiana Mentor trains adults to care for children and youth with special needs in foster care, while earning an income.
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    A program called Louisiana Mentor trains adults to care for children and youth with special needs in foster care, while earning an income.
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  • Tyrene says he would "give thanks" to an adoptive family

    Tyrene says he would "give thanks" to an adoptive family

    A ten-year-old boy in foster care is asking you to consider adopting him. Tyrene has been without a mom or dad for years now and bravely shared his story in this week's The New Family Tree. FlippingMore >>
    A 10-year-old boy in foster care is asking you to consider adopting him. Tyrene has been without a mom or dad for years now and bravely shared his story with KPLC's Britney Glaser in The New Family Tree.More >>
  • Two single moms share their adoption success stories

    Two single moms share their adoption success stories

    Dawn Brand and Lisa Addison each knew they wanted to become moms one day. Originally, they thought a husband would make that dream a reality, but as they got older and marriage was not in the immediateMore >>
    Adoption through foster care made the dream of becoming a mother a reality for two single women with open hearts and open homes.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Dawn Brand and Lisa Addison about their journey in The New Family Tree.More >>
  • How to adopt through the Department of Children & Family Services

    How to adopt through the Department of Children & Family Services

    Are you considering becoming a foster parent of adopting a child that is legally free to be adopted through foster care? The process might seem intimidating, but most families complete this process withinMore >>
    Adoption through the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services is a very affordable means of completing your family and changing the life of a local child forever.  KPLC's Britney Glaser talks to Stephanie Duplechain about the steps to adopt.More >>
  • Young boy sees siblings adopted, dreams of his own family

    Young boy sees siblings adopted, dreams of his own family

    An eight-year-old boy in foster care has watched his younger brother and sister get placed into adoptive homes. He shares the dream of a permanent family to call his own. Give Ke'vontre a basketballMore >>
    An eight-year-old boy in foster care has watched his younger siblings get placed into adoptive homes. KPLC's Britney Glaser shares Ke'vontre's dream of being adopted in a permanent family to call his own.More >>
  • The New Family Tree diving into the crisis of parentless children

    The New Family Tree diving into the crisis of parentless children

    There are more than 4,000 children in Louisiana's foster care system. Of those, 350 are ready to be adopted today. Some of these children will bounce around between foster homes and some will cycle outMore >>
    There are more than 4,000 children in the state foster care system today and 350 are ready to be adopted today.  KPLC's Britney Glaser explains how a new series called "The New Family Tree" hopes to change the crisis of parentless children.More >>
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