Finding Their 'Forever Homes': Louisiana Sets Record for Adoptions as More Families Take in Siblings, Multiple Children

By Grace Toohey, The Advocate
Nov 30, 2017 10:10 AM ET

Originally posted on The Advocate

For the first time at Bradley Lirette’s Thanksgiving table, he was surrounded by his five children — none of whom he could call his own just four years ago.

Lirette adopted three children — a set of siblings 12, 13 and 18 years old — from foster care in 2016, adding to his already growing family. Three years earlier, he had adopted a pair of siblings, who are now 12 and 17 years old.

Included at the table were the children’s biological parents, Lirette’s ex- and current partner, who have both helped parent the children, and Lirette's own extended family.

“It sounds chaotic, but it just works out,” Lirette, 34, said, laughing. 

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